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11 January, 2019, 03:55 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

And Saunders, the son of the late Timberwolves coaching legend Flip Saunders, will be the leader players look to make that run happen. Taylor has made clear that he expects results this season, but I thought Thibs would get the entire year to show them. The 60-year-old American was the head coach and the president of basketball operations.

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.

Scott Layden will remain the general manager overseeing the basketball operations and assistant coach Ryan Saunders will be the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. "Maybe one of those games". Thibodeau's trademark hard nose coaching style and tendency to play starters extensive minutes eroded his relationship with both players and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor.

"We had just celebrated a good win, so we all went home thinking the day was over", Towns said. Overall with the Timberwolves, he performed quite well finishing 19-21 this season and 97-107 overall.


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.

"You really don't get much sleep, getting thrown into this thing", Saunders said Tuesday morning, January 8, at the Timberwolves' shootaround.

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

Hoiberg - whose name has come up in relation to the UCLA coaching search - told Zach Lowe of ESPN what he wants to do is coach, not work in a front office again.

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