Now the Knicks have a brand new problem: to show they’re not a fluke.“Consistency and sustaining what made you win within the first place is at all times a problem,” stated Stan Van Gundy, a TNT analyst who has coached 4 N.B.A. groups. His brother, Jeff, was the coach of the Knicks once they final made the finals, in 1999. “However I believe the way in which it must be performed, and definitely the way in which Tom will do it, is you proceed to do all of these issues that received you there within the first place.”There are many causes to consider the Knicks’ ceiling is even increased this season: They’ve given Randle extra offensive weapons (Walker, Fournier) to take the strain off him after the group struggled on that finish final 12 months. Mitchell Robinson, the 23-year-old middle, will, if wholesome, add one other dimension as a shot blocking rim-runner, which the Knicks missed within the playoffs towards the Atlanta Hawks. And with two different Jap Convention contending groups in flux on account of a attainable commerce (Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers) or an unvaccinated participant (the Nets’ Kyrie Irving), there’s a actual alternative for the Knicks to degree up.Nonetheless, as Ernie Grunfeld, the architect of the Knicks all through a lot of the 1990s, can attest, “You could win.”“New York is about profitable. And so they’re doing that,” he added, “New York desires a group that performs laborious and leaves the whole lot out on the ground and performs collectively and performs basketball the suitable approach.”That’s what his Dot Com Bubble-era Knicks groups gave the crowds at Madison Sq. Backyard, he stated.“It was electrical. It was an ideal place to be,” Grunfeld stated. “We had been aggressive each evening. We had been a group that different groups feared enjoying towards. They had been celebrities in every single place. It was a taking place place in New York on the time.”As a lot as many N.B.A. observers pay tribute to the blue-collar persona of Thibodeau’s groups, his teaching file is extra sophisticated. He’s had a historical past of shortly sporting out his welcome and never having the ability to construct off success.