Tom Thibodeau Fired By Minnesota Timberwolves

Tanya Simon
January 10, 2019

While Saunders will serve as the interim coach of the team, it is highly-likely that he will be replaced soon.

ESPN later reported the firing of Thibodeau as well as interest in former member of the Wolves Fred Hoiberg for the opening.

The Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau on Sunday, this after less than three years on the job. 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. Ryan Saunders will be stepping in as coach on an interim basis. "They went 9-3 in the first 12 games after the trade, so things were looking up". A highly-regarded player development coach, reports of losing control of the locker room cost him his job in Chicago.

The same can be said for Derrick Rose, who flourished in Chicago under Thibodeau and had his career waylaid by a bad knee until his former coach forged a reunion past year in Minnesota. He was considered for the Detroit Pistons vacancy before the team elected to have Dwane Casey, last year's Coach of the Year awardee.

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Minnesota enters Tuesday with a record of 19-21, good for 11th place in the Western Conference standings. When Butler returned to the Timberwolves after holding out in the preseason he orchestrated one of the most infamous practices the league has witnessed, and seemingly did so with Thibodeau's blessing.

The youngest coach in National Basketball Association history is Dave Debusschere, who acted as a player-coach for the Detroit Pistons at just 24-years old in 1964. May it be Hoiberg or Billups, it would take some time to instill a new system in Minnesota and get quick returns with it.

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. But even if they make it to the April games, it's hard to imagine them making any noise against the West's championship-contending teams.

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