Tom Thibodeau Bemoans Josh Hart Finding Throwback Beach Photo of Knicks Coach

May 2, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau.
May 2, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau. / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
In this story:

New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau has been an NBA fixture for so long it seems hard to believe he was ever young.

However, there he was in a Tuesday ESPN profile, reclining on the beach during his playing days at Division III Salem State in Salem, Mass.

The hilarious photo made its way to ever-gregarious Knicks forward Josh Hart, who according to Thibodeau had a laugh at the coach's expense.

"I don't know who the writer is, but tell him I'm looking for him," Thibodeau said, chuckling. "And to give it to Josh Hart? Are you kidding me? Of all the people?"

"Oh. My. God," Hart told the profile's writer, Tim Keown, when shown the photo—immediately snapping a picture of it, per Keown, to show his teammates.

Yes, the vibes appear high in the New York locker room; the Knicks will seek their first Eastern Conference finals trip in 2000 Friday evening in Indianapolis.


Published
Patrick Andres

PATRICK ANDRES

Patrick Andres has been a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated since 2022. Before SI, his work appeared in The Blade, Athlon Sports, Fear the Sword, and Diamond Digest. Patrick has covered everything from zero-attendance Big Ten basketball to a seven-overtime college football game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.