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Minnesota Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau

Minnesota Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau

Scott Layden is now Minnesota's general manager, while Thibodeau was relieved of his duties as president and head coach on Sunday.

Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves will be playing for interim coach Ryan Saunders presumably for the rest of the season. "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". "We just lost against a bunch of teams that we're a better team". Team owner Glen Taylor said: "We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best. If we want to make the playoffs this year, I have to make a move, '" Hine explained.

"I said let's let it go and see how things worked", Taylor said.

"I think we have a pretty good team, barring injuries and stuff like that", Taylor said.




The Timberwolves will play their first game without Thibodeau tonight at 8 P.M. EST against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Overall with the Timberwolves, he performed quite well finishing 19-21 this season and 97-107 overall. 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 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.

So when Thibodeau was sacked by Minnesota, it wasn't a surprise Hoiberg's name came up quickly, what was unexpected was to see him linked to a possible front office/GM role.

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

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