Monday, 18 March, 2019

Tom Thibodeau Fired By Minnesota Timberwolves

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg Report: T-Wolves considering Hoiberg for GM or head coach
Rita Gibson | 10 January, 2019, 04:26

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Fred Hoiberg is among the main candidates for the GM and coach position.

Appointed interim coach of Minnesota on Sunday after Tom Thibodeau was sacked halfway through his third season, Saunders ran practice for the first time on Monday before the team took off for a game at Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Assistant coach Ryan Saunders, son of late beloved Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders, will take over as interim coach. Thibodeau and Minnesota's front office eventually sent him to the 76ers in mid-November in exchange for a package centered around Robert Covington and Dario Saric. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year on May 1, 2011, after tying the record for most wins by a rookie head coach with 62. "They went 9-3 in the first 12 games after the trade, so things were looking up".

While Saunders will serve as the interim coach of the team, it is highly-likely that he will be replaced soon. Several Timberwolves players attended the coach's wedding.

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One player who seems to be particularly impacted by the coaching change - former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, who had been experiencing a resurgence under Thibodeau after a few down seasons.

Hoiberg has been a rumored target for UCLA's head-coaching job. The team was 19-21 and two games out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference. Though the Timberwolves ended their 13-year absence from the playoffs last spring, they've by and large underachieved since Thibodeau, who is 60, took over. Wojnarowski added that Hoiberg would prefer to remain in the National Basketball Association as a coach.

With Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins locked up on long-term contract extensions, Saunders has a young core in place that he can possibly relate better to than Thibodeau's attempt at the Timberbulls ever could.

Still, a playoff appearance is not far off the road for the Wolves.

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