Tom Thibodeau Fired By Minnesota Timberwolves

Ross Houston
January 10, 2019

He registered a 97-107 record in two-plus seasons with the Timberwolves and led them to a playoff berth in 2017-18. Minnesota is now 19-21, 11th in the Western Conference standings. "These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward". "I think that was the beginning of this tipping point for Thibodeau to be let go". Thibodeau was surprised at the timing and had no idea his ouster was imminent, according to sources. "I don't know if you can classify anybody as necessarily a "Thibs guy" or 'Chicago guy.' Everybody has been in this organization to try and help this organization become better, and that's everyone's main focus". "I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and chose to make a change now". The 60-year-old American was the head coach and the president of basketball operations.

Hoiberg has been mentioned as a candidate for UCLA's head coaching vacancy. After some success in Chicago, Thibs was sacked following the 2014-15 season.

It was a shocking development on Sunday when the Minnesota Timberwolves chose to fire head coach and Team President Tom Thibodeau despite a 22-point blowout against the Los Angeles Lakers. If Minnesota were to make that run to the playoffs, it would be the first time since the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons that it made the postseason in back-to-back years. The turmoil began when disgruntled All-Star Jimmy Butler demanded a trade from the team, ultimately criticizing his teammates' lack of effort and urgency to win.

Assistant coach Ryan Saunders, son of late beloved Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders, will take over as interim coach.

Saunders said he hasn't given any thought to changing the starting lineup or rotations or even adding an assistant, instead focusing exclusively on making a smooth transition to head coach and making his players' lives easier.

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