Knicks Head Coach Reportedly Admits He Did Not Want New Trade Acquisition in the Roster

Published 02/08/2022, 6:30 AM EST
Feb 7, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau looks on in the second quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks have been trying their best to earn a playoff spot as the halfway mark (ASG 2022) of the season closes in. Unlike last season, the Knicks currently sit 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 24-30 record. In order to make the playoffs, the only option that a team has is to win as many games as possible, the more the better.

The same is the case for the Knicks. One way by which the Knicks decided to boost these chances was by strengthening their roster. This was done by acquiring Cam Reddish from the Atlanta Hawks. However, Knicks’ head coach expressed his views on the trade. He was not in favour of the former Atlanta Hawks’ forward.

Feb 7, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; New York Knicks forward Cam Reddish (21) reacts to a call in the second quarter against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Thibodeau’s views on New York Knicks acquiring Cam Reddish

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Back in January, the New York Knicks sent Kevin Knox and 2022 first-round pick for Atlanta’s Cam Reddish. Since his arrival in New York, Reddish has barely enjoyed any game time. While many folks in the NBA community were discussing as to why Reddish was barely on the floor, head coach Tom Thibodeau revealed that he was actually not in favor of the trade.

Until the Knicks’ matchup against the Utah Jazz, Cam Reddish has only earned around 7 minutes of gameplay in the 3 matches that he has suited up for the Knicks. In addition to this, there have been 4 occasions where the forward has not even played in the game.

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Furthermore, he averages just 4 points in those 3 games. On the flip side, Reddish enjoyed nearly 24 minutes per game, and averaged nearly 12 points with the Hawks. Clearly, there is a stark difference is the way he is being utilized by the Knicks.

As the trade deadline closes in, the NY-based franchise may try to move some of their talent as they push for a playoff spot in the East. However, even those moves may be subject to disapproval from the head coach.

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For all we know, maybe Thibodeau is trying to insert Reddish into the same role that Kevin Knox had on the team. But Reddish, until this point in his career, has turned out to be a better scorer in comparison to Knox. So it only makes sense for him to play more minutes to boost the Knicks’ chances of a postseason run.

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Sameer Prasad Koppolu

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Sameer is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having graduated from Manipal Institute of Technology, he has always had a keen interest in basketball and the numbers behind the game. With a goal to become a Sports Performance Analyst for a professional sports team, Sameer brings insights backed by data.

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