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"New captain" Saunders has Wolves' trust in interim role

10 January, 2019, 04:25 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

After a strenuous offseason and hard start to the regular season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have relived Tom Thibodeau of his coaching duties after three seasons. Team owner Glen Taylor said: "We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best. These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt necessary to move our organization forward".

Tom Thibodeau is no longer the coach of the Timberwolves.

Just right after an impressive blowout win over a LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers, the Minnesota Timberwolves front office has announced that it has fired Tim Thibodeau, the team's head coach and president of basketball operations.

"Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will take over as interim coach for the rest of the season, while Scott Layden will remain Minnesota's general manager".

"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.

Rose said he was shocked and hurt by the dismissal, but also insisted the change wouldn't hinder his resurgence. But, at the same time, I'm very cool with Ryan.

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"I'm just taking everything day by day", Saunders said. We're riding with him, and that's as simple as I can put it.

Taylor said he was "just looking at the results". "Maybe one of those games".

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

Thibodeau entered the season on the hot seat, which is why he was desperately trying to keep Jimmy Butler rather than trade him. Minnesota then tried to fix the problem by shipping Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for young, excellent players in Dario Saric and Robert Covington.

ESPN later reported the firing of Thibodeau as well as interest in former member of the Wolves Fred Hoiberg for the opening.

The Timberwolves take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Saunders' first game on Tuesday night.

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