11 January, 2019
Within the last few hours the Timberwolves have fired Thibodeau, who was both the head coach and team president.
While Thibodeau was reportedly not expecting this news at all, it is sad nonetheless as the Timberwolves have had to restart too many times and this adds on as one of those. The 60-year-old American was the head coach and the president of basketball operations.
"I'm just taking everything day by day", Saunders said.
"We've got so much talent on this team". Team owner Glen Taylor said: "We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best. I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and decided to make a change now". I think he's prepared a long time for this moment. "I jinxed that badly", Towns said Monday, after the Timberwolves (19-21) gathered for their first practice without Thibodeau's familiar, gravelly voice leading the drills.
The Tom Thibodeau era for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves is over.
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Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Fred Hoiberg is among the main candidates for the GM and coach position. It's already been a whirlwind of a season thanks to Sunday's firing of Thibodeau and the Jimmy Butler trade on November 12.
Assistant coach Ryan Saunders, son of late beloved Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders, will take over as interim coach.
The Timberwolves will face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
So when Thibodeau was sacked by Minnesota, it wasn't a surprise Hoiberg's name came up quickly, what was unexpected was to see him linked to a possible front office/GM role.
The babyface Saunders is set to make his National Basketball Association head coaching debut tonight when the Timberwolves head south to take on Paul George, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.