Stein: Don't rule out Thibs for Knicks

Mike Woodson's seat certainly felt hot going into Wednesday night's game against the Chicago Bulls.

If the Knicks ultimately make a change and decide to go in a different direction, ESPN's Marc Stein writes that the Knicks could eventually look at Chicago's bench and go after Tom Thibodeau.

Here's some of what Stein wrote:

Don’t forget he’s another CAA star client who already has some Knicks history after his stint as an assistant on Jeff Van Gundy’s staff. No one I’ve consulted, furthermore, thinks that trying to bring in the famously demanding Thibodeau would dissuade Melo from re-signing with the Knicks, who, remember, can still pay their star forward $30 million more than anyone else to stay in a city he adores.

Thibs has two seasons left on his Bulls deal after this one, true, but there is said to be enough lingering friction between the coach and GM Gar Forman to the point that you can picture it eventually sparking some sort of mutual parting. Throw in the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Derrick Rose's health, rising fears that Thibs’ beloved Luol Deng is a certainty to relocate in free agency next summer (if not sooner) and the occasional grumble in circulation about some of the Bulls’ players chafing at how hard Thibs pushes them in practice and there's clearly something there when coaching insiders tip you to keep your eye on Thibs to the Knicks.

Thibodeau is a former Knicks assistant under Jeff Van Gundy who was beloved by the players on the Knicks for his hard work ethic and knowledge of the game.

In classic Thibodeau fashion, the Bulls coach predictably denied any future connection between him and the Knicks.

"I have no comment on any of that stuff," Thibodeau said. "Mike is a helluva coach, I have a great job, I love my team."

"I don’t pay any attention to any of that stuff," he later added. "To me, the only thing I have to do is concentrate on our team, our next opponent, our improvement, and never get away from that. There’s a lot of stuff that gets thrown out there that is just BS. So if you pay any attention, it does no good. It takes you away from what’s important and what is important right now is our improvement and getting ready for the next game."