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NBA Philadelphia 76ers Matisse Thybulle is a better player thanks to the Boomers Bronze


Almost everything Matisse Thybulle does on the basketball court is unique.

While shot attempts remain rare and box score statistics barely jump off the page, Thybulle contradicts mainstream thinking and continues his strong rise as one of the key pieces in the Philadelphia 76ers lineup.

Especially in his third year as a professional, Thybulle is a certified stallion on the defensive, but on the offensive he gets the feeling that he is beginning to find his identity.

For many NBA players, scoring is where they get their paychecks, but Thybulle remains delighted with his Philadelphia role, largely thanks to a conversation with Boomers Australia head coach Brian Goorjian.

“One of the first conversations we had was at halftime at one of the first games in Vegas (before the Tokyo Olympics). He told me I wasn’t going to get any games and it was going to be difficult.” to find opportunities for me, but he needed me to find those opportunities because without this it would be difficult for us to be successful, “recalled Thybulle of ESPN.

“Most coaches would find it very difficult to tell a player that because they’d be afraid of the reaction. It was his.”

Thybulle took on the challenge of becoming a key cog in the Boomers’ groundbreaking achievement, which won a bronze medal in the bucket.

“It was a learning curve. Most players value comes from their offensive production. In order for most guys to be able to produce offensively, they need a piece that they need. It was great that it was designed in such black and white for me, because I struggled with it. ” so in the NBA, “he said.

“Ever since ‘Goorj’ made it so easy for me and then I was able to commit myself to it. Having my success celebrated keeps this motivation alive and keeps the fire burning to want to keep doing it.”

Matisse Thybulle impressed Australia at the Tokyo Olympics. Gregory Shamus / Getty Images

Thybulle, who started in a career high of 14 games and has so far counted in 2021-22, notes that his ability to work the ball on half-court has been praised by the Philadelphia coaching staff. In a world where outside opinion is wrongly focused on individual statistics, Thybulle is content with his development in a system where his influence is valued in the locker room.

“It was fun, it’s like a new world that has opened up to me and most of it doesn’t show up in the boxing score, but that’s not alien to me because my game doesn’t defensively half the time either. “he told ESPN.

“As a kid you look up to these players and everyone wants to be in the league and everyone wants to be a star, but they don’t know that there are only a handful of these guys that ever exist. Teams are not built for that. I have several of them at the same time. How do you compliment the best players? How do you make everyone else better? With this newly discovered world of chopping off the ball, I’ve created a cool little niche for myself and found ways to be different with successes in this area. “

Matisse Thybulle received praise from his Philadelphia coaches for coming back better than ever this season. David Dow / NBAE via Getty Images

Defensively, the 24-year-old produces his usual global chaos, although the efficiency of the Sixers as a team is falling at this end of the floor.

“We lost second place as Defensive Player of the Year. Any other team that loses a player of this caliber falls apart,” said Thybulle with a shrug, referring to Ben Simmons, who has not played a single game this season in a deal to force from the franchise.

“Defensively, Ben can guard one to five and we put him on the best player on the other team. If you have to replace him with another player who is just physically smaller … most people can’t physically do what Ben did has.” because he’s such a freak. Tyrese (Maxey) did a great job creating a pretty serious crime. The job that [Maxey] has done this season was a world class performance. “

As an isolated lockdown defender, Thybulle’s ability to protect the room and make split-second decisions to force sales through distractions, theft and blocks is incredibly unique, with the creative leash of Doc Rivers and the coaching staff being a constant talking point.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with the coaches. It feels like I’m going to the director’s office half the time, but really, it’s about finding that balance,” laughs Thybulle.

“For some reason, I have these unique abilities that allow me to make interesting moves in defense. It’s really difficult to find the balance, to explore this area and be a solid, consistent defender at the same time.”

“I really appreciate our coaching team because they’ve given me enough leash to be myself. It’s not easy because I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I screwed it up. I took the wrong risk, or most of the time, too Risked a lot but by playing it through I learned when I can and when I can’t, but still I screw it up. It’s a numbers game but as long as I come out victorious we’ll be fine. “

There is an overwhelming sense of pride in the Boomers for Australian basketball fans as the brotherhood and camaraderie have become so clearly a part of Thybulle’s makeup through the Olympic campaign. While introducing “Boomers” culture was important, the experience meant so much more than pride for the Greens and Golden.

Matisse Thybulle in action for the 76ers. G Fiume / Getty Images

“It’s cool to see the reaction from the coaching staff (Philadelphia). The main thing they said when I got back was that I’ve gotten so much better. It’s funny because most people get better with an off-season of training and equate it with work. ” on your game and I didn’t have time for it. That was the biggest growth I’ve made in my career, even if it’s not exactly noticeable, but the value I bring to the team has definitely grown and the coaches see it, “Thybulle told ESPN.

“Everyone’s kind of scared, and that’s not the case with the Boomers. The boys are afraid of playing in the off-season and doing too much. [but] You’ve seen Patty, Joe, Delly, and Baynes around for ages. Simply sum up the enormous years of playing basketball. I think that’s testament to why their careers have been so long and why they have been so consistent in the NBA, and I’m definitely trying to take a page out of their book on that note. “

Follow the full conversation with Matisse Thybulle on the Ball and the Real World podcast – available wherever you can find your podcasts.


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