Minnesota Timberwolves Fire Tom Thibodeau

Minnesota Timberwolves Fire Tom Thibodeau

The organization's decision was finalized after the home victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. 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.

The babyface Saunders is set to make his National Basketball Association head coaching debut tonight when the Timberwolves head south to take on Paul George, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

On April 20, 2016, it was announced that the Minnesota Timberwolves had hired Thibodeau as head coach and president of basketball operations. Ryan Saunders will be stepping in as coach on an interim basis.

"After the trade happened, there was little bit of energy and life in the team", Minneapolis Star-Tribune Timberwolves writer Chris Hine said on Ferrall on the Bench. But, at the same time, I'm very cool with Ryan. "If we want to make the playoffs this year, I have to make a move, '" Hine explained.

"I'm just taking everything day by day", Saunders said.

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Thibodeau, who was one game short of the exact midpoint of his five-year contract that's worth about $40 million, was frequently booed during introductions at Target Center, where the Wolves are next-to-last in the league with an average of 14,765 tickets distributed per game. Taylor has made clear that he expects results this season, but I thought Thibs would get the entire year to show them. "It's just not", Rose said.

Thibodeau was also the head coach of the Bulls from 2011-15, where he compiled a 255-139 record.

Nothing highlighted this divide more Thibodeau's handling of forward Jimmy Butler's trade request.

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.

The Timberwolves will play their first game without Thibodeau tonight at 8 P.M. EST against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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