"You factor in some of the despair or difficult circumstances that these folks are going through, and they often fall prey to the suppliers offering an outlet to deal with their unfortunate situation," Thomas said.
"I've been looking forward to seeing Thibodeau get a head coaching job for a number of years," said Thomas, who played for New York when Thibodeau was a Knicks assistant. "He definitely put in his time. He's a hard worker. He's very passionate about the game. And to finally see him get this opportunity and be a part of it is definitely a blessing."