Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Minnesota Timberwolves fire head coach Tim Thibodeau

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg Report: T-Wolves considering Hoiberg for GM or head coach
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"I definitely did not expect to be standing here", said Saunders after paying his respects to Thibodeau, who made him his assistant.

Within the last few hours the Timberwolves have fired Thibodeau, who was both the head coach and team president. "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". It's already been a whirlwind of a season thanks to Sunday's firing of Thibodeau and the Jimmy Butler trade on November 12.

Saunders is now the youngest active coach in the league at 32-years-old and will have a challenging task in bringing the Wolves back to prominence with the second half of the season ahead.

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.

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves will be playing for interim coach Ryan Saunders presumably for the rest of the season. But, at the same time, I'm very cool with Ryan. "We're going to play extremely hard". Towns said he was not given a clear explanation as to why.

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While Saunders will serve as the interim coach of the team, it is highly-likely that he will be replaced soon. Priot to being hired as an assistant by the Wizards in 2009, Saunders was a graduate assistant under Tubby Smith at the University of Minnesota in 2008, helping the program to an NCAA Tournament appearance.

"We've got so much talent on this team", Saunders said. My gauge is that everybody has been incredible through this.

"I am not prioritizing one over the other in respect to the National Basketball Association and college", Hoiberg said.

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

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