A day after Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan was fined for saying the NBA has an curiosity within the Knicks succeeding within the playoffs, Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau refuted McMillan’s declare, saying the league doesn’t lean towards his staff.
“I do know a whole lot of occasions individuals assume that,” Thibodeau stated. “I’ve been right here, I’ve been part of the Knicks earlier than, I’ve been an opposing coach with totally different organizations. I feel the league goes to do what they assume is greatest for the league.”
Thibodeau cited his time as a Knicks assistant within the mid-1990’s and early 2000’s as proof of the NBA not having a bias towards the Knicks. Throughout the 1997 Jap Convention semifinals between the Knicks and Warmth, a number of Knicks gamers—together with Patrick Ewing, Allan Houston, John Starks and Larry Johnson—have been suspended following a battle throughout Sport 5 wherein the 4 left the staff bench throughout the confrontation. The Knicks held a 3-1 sequence lead however misplaced three consecutive video games to lose the sequence.
“However you’ll be able to say that, in 1996-97 …we had six guys get suspended,” Thibodeau stated. “Patrick Ewing took a step off the bench and it wiped him out, and that was our likelihood in all probability for a championship. So I don’t assume the league favors us.”
The Knicks are within the playoffs for the primary time since 2013, once they superior to the convention semifinals and misplaced to the Pacers in six video games. The Hawks are within the postseason for the primary time since 2017. The groups have confronted off 3 times throughout the common season, with the Knicks successful all three matchups.
“I feel the playoffs heighten all the pieces, you’re preventing the identical opponent over and over,” Thibodeau stated. “We simply wish to give attention to what we’ve bought to do for Sport 1.”
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