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Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

11 January 2019

It was a shocking development on Sunday when the Minnesota Timberwolves made a decision to fire head coach and Team President Tom Thibodeau despite a 22-point blowout against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Regarded as one the best defensive minds in the National Basketball Association, Thibodeau had no problem landing another coaching gig. "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".

Taylor said he was "just looking at the results". "It's the overall lack of winning on the road and then losing to, lately, some teams at home that we should've won".

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"I think all of this was kind of a critical mass for (Timberwolves owner) Glen Taylor to say, 'Something is just not working here".

The Minnesota Timberwolves have chose to fire Tom Thibodeau. "I'm coaching on the fly at the moment and I'm putting a lot of thoughts to paper now and really trying to organize those things".

Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will reportedly serve as Minnesota's interim head coach and Scott Layden will work as the team's general manager. "I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and decided to make a change now".

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Thibodeau took over in Minnesota in April 2016.

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. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year on May 1, 2011, after tying the record for most wins by a rookie head coach with 62.

The Timberwolves will face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Tuesday. It's already been a whirlwind of a season thanks to Sunday's firing of Thibodeau and the Jimmy Butler trade on November 12. After some success in Chicago, Thibs was sacked following the 2014-15 season.

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Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg