Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Timberwolves fire coach Tom Thibodeau

Timberwolves fire coach Tom Thibodeau

Minnesota has fired Thibodeau, who was also the team's president of basketball operations, the team announced Sunday.

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves will be playing for interim coach Ryan Saunders presumably for the rest of the season.

On June 23, Thibodeau became Bulls' head coach after being an assistant coach for years, notably with Doc Rivers when the Boston Celtics won the championship in 2008.

In fact, Towns said he told assistant coaches just last week that he felt the organization was gaining some much-needed "stability" and that he was finally feeling comfortable within his team's schemes. "We had just celebrated a good win, so we all went home thinking the day was over".

"The end result is that we think we just lost a bunch of games that we thought we had the better team on the floor", Taylor said. I think he's prepared a long time for this moment. "I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and decided to make a change now".

The Minnesota Timberwolves have chose to fire Tom Thibodeau.

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Thibodeau took over in Minnesota in April 2016.

Thibodeau entered the season on the hot seat, which is why he was desperately trying to keep Jimmy Butler rather than trade him.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski says the Timberwolves have interest in Hoiberg as a potential head coach or GM.

The Timberwolves will face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Hoiberg was sacked as coach of the Bulls on December 3 following a 5-19 start to the season.

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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