New head coach Tom Thibodeau is already making a difference, because the Knicks actually give effort on defense. I am not saying the Knicks are a good defensive team, but they play harder under Thibodeau, and it will lead to a few more wins in this abbreviated season. Julius Randle is one player who is definitely playing both ends of the floor, and he’s been fun to watch. If the Knicks buy into Thibodeau’s old  school way of coaching , which is win games with defense and rebounding, the Knicks are going to surprise a lot of teams this season. And for all Knicks fans, it will be nice to ring in the New Year watching a team that plays hard and competes every game.