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Tom Thibodeau believes Kenny Payne will help Knicks player development

Kenny Payne watches Kentucky from the sideline against Arkansas during the second half on Jan. 18, 2020 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Credit: AP/Michael Woods

After conducting his first group practice as Knicks head coach Wednesday afternoon, it’s not hard to imagine that Tom Thibodeau, holed up in a Manhattan hotel where the team is staying in their mini COVID-bubble, flipped on the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics Eastern Conference final game.

And he would have seen Tyler Herro, the No. 13 overall pick in the 2019 draft, take over the game with 37 points not even a full season removed from his season at the University of Kentucky.