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Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau loves this big NBA rule change

The NBA took measures to reduce the amount of fouls called this season, and defensive-minded Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau “thinks it’s a really good change.”

“When I came into the league many years ago, you wouldn’t get two free throws unless you made an aggressive move to the basket,” Thibodeau said Tuesday after the Knicks’ first practice of training camp. “In the old days, if you were trying to trick the official, you didn’t get any calls.

“Now, I think the league has caught up to that so hopefully it will be a lot better. I don’t think anyone wants to see a game where there’s 80 free throws shot. I think we all want the flow of the game to go [well].”

The new rules will limit fouls called on “non-basketball moves,” such as offensive players launching themselves into defenders and shooters kicking out their legs at abnormal angles.

Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau speaking to the media on Sept. 28, 2021.
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“[I’m] studying it, asking questions, learning new ways to draw fouls. Just being a student of the game,” said Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley, who shot 89.1 percent from the free-throw line as a rookie. “The game changes from year to year. From 2000 it’s not the same as 2010. From 2010 it’s not the same as 2020.

“So the game keeps changing. You have to keep adjusting and be versatile enough to do different things and be the best player that you can be. So adjusting to the game and watching film and just learning.”

Asked specifically about Quickley’s ability to get to the line, Thibodeau added: “Quick, to his credit, is a great student of the game. He benefited. Quite frankly, in watching all the fouls from last year, he actually got fouled.”


Thibodeau was not surprised Derrick Rose, who also played for him in Chicago and Minnesota, revealed Monday that he’s expecting to be the backup point guard to newcomer Kemba Walker this season.

“He’s always been that way,” Thibodeau said. “He was that way when he was in high school. You talk to the people he played with in high school — there are games where he didn’t shoot the ball. He’s the [NBA] MVP at 22 and he was the same guy. He was totally selfless, happy for his teammates, whatever his teammates did.

“Everyone who’s played with him — the same thing we were saying about Kemba, we could say about Derrick. His teammates have always loved him because he’s always cared about them. He’s always been a team-first guy, he’ll do whatever you ask of him. And that’s what makes him special.”


Thibodeau said guard Luca Vildoza “is in a boot” with a foot injury originally suffered during summer league. His $3.325 million salary for this season is not guaranteed.

“What we look at, we have one roster spot open. And so, right now, you base it on the guys that are available, and who can help the team the most,” Thibodeau said. “We have all camp to figure that out.”

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