Minnesota Timberwolves Fire Tom Thibodeau

Lynette Rowe
January 10, 2019

He's in charge now, so we're going with him.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Minnesota CEO Ethan Casson and general manager Scott Layden entered Thibodeau's office and fired him following the Timberwolves' 108-96 win over the Lakers on Sunday. Thibodeau, 60, led the Timberwolves to the playoffs a year ago for the first time since 2004, but are just 19-21 on the season, including 5-15 on the road. Additionally, Thibodeau was surprised at the timing of his firing and wasn't aware the decision was imminent.

"I'm hurt because Thibs is not here. I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and decided to make a change now". "There was also just bubbling frustration over the last few years of Thibodeau's tenure here, and it kind of all came to a head, I think, over the last month".

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Hoiberg had an average coaching record of 115-155 across four years in the helm of the Bulls. After some success in Chicago, Thibs was sacked following the 2014-15 season.

After the Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach Tom Thibodeau, the organization named Ryan Saunders as the interim coach for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. Flip served as the team's head coach from 1995-2005, then returned as president in May 2013 before stepping into the head coaching role in June 2014. 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. For the time being, assistant coach Ryan Saunders will take over for Thibodeau on an interim basis.

The list includes former New Orleans Pelicans coach and current Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams, former Chicago Bulls coach and Timberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg, and former Timberwolves guard and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups.

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