Listen to Episode 19 of ‘Big Apple Buckets’: The Tom Thibodeau Debate feat. Ed Cohen

Tom Thibodeau, head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, looks on during an NBA game against the Miami Heat on December 30, 2018.
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It’s a brand-new episode of “Big Apple Buckets” following the Knicks’ latest loss Monday night to the Rockets. Kazeem Famuyide opens the podcast talking about their fourth straight loss, James Harden dominating and RJ Barrett’s play. Kaz and I discuss Barrett’s up-and-down season and what he needs to change in his game. We then talk about the Knicks youth movement and how to distribute minutes in the final 25 games of the season.

We then discuss Leon Rose being set to be introduced next week as team president. Tom Thibodeau has been tipped as a favorite to become the Knicks’ next head coach. Should Rose and the Knicks hire Thibodeau or go in a different direction? Is there any chance Mike Miller would survive as head coach after this season? Kaz and I debate what the right move might be.

We also discuss the emotional Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It was special to see Michael Jordan tear up, a side of him we haven’t seen before. We talk about Vanessa Bryant speaking so eloquently and the touching tributes mixed with some humor from Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Geno Auriemma, Diana Taurasi, Sabrina Ionescu and Rob Pelinka.

NY Post sports columnist Mike Vaccaro then drops by this week. Vaccaro talks about the Thibodeau chatter and whether it would make the most sense to go that route. He also discusses how minutes should be given out down the stretch to the younger players and why fans should watch the team in the final two months, even though there will be many losses. He also talks about the Knicks celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969-1970 championship team and how it is well deserved, if oddly handled.

Knicks radio voice Ed Cohen then joins the podcast. Cohen talks about the Knicks’ season, how they should be handling their coaching decision in the offseason, calling “NBA Live” video games and his journey to his dream job as the Knicks broadcaster after many stops along the way. Cohen has called everything from minor league baseball to Chinese basketball to Japanese baseball to soccer and almost everything in between. It’s been a heck of a journey.

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