Knicks’ coach Tom Thibodeau reacts to LaMelo Ball’s early success with Charlotte Hornets

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Tom Thibodeau was part of the New York Knicks’ pre-draft process team, which was high on selecting LaMelo Ball in the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Knicks were not able to trade up in the past Draft and kept the eighth pick to select promising forward/center Obi Toppin.

The Knicks’ head coach Tom Thibodeau talked on LaMelo Ball ahead of Monday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The veteran coach praised Ball’s high basketball IQ.

(via USA Today Sports):

“I watched the interview, and of course a lot of film on him and you can see the vision in the way he passes the ball,” Thibodeau said. “It tells you the way he sees the game.”

“That is a gift so when you get that type of player, he makes everyone around him a lot better, and that is what (Gordon) Hayward does as well.

But for a young guy to come into the league and play the way he is playing right now, it says a lot about his talent level and that is what makes this team so hard to guard,” Thibodeau noted.

Ball pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds, setting a career-high on the night vs. the Knicks handing out seven assists to overcome a 3-for-13 shooting night.

The Hornets secured a 109-88 victory handing the third consecutive loss to the New York franchise.