Friday, 18 January, 2019

GM Scott Layden explains decision to replace Tom Thibodeau with Ryan Saunders

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg Report: T-Wolves considering Hoiberg for GM or head coach
Isaac Mcdaniel | 11 January, 2019, 03:56

Regarded as one the best defensive minds in the National Basketball Association, Thibodeau had no problem landing another coaching gig. "If you look at something as a trial, I think that's when you start putting pressure on yourself or other people that just isn't there". "I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and decided to make a change now". The 60-year-old American was the head coach and the president of basketball operations.

In fact, Towns said he told assistant coaches just last week that he felt the organization was gaining some much-needed "stability" and that he was finally feeling comfortable within his team's schemes.

After the Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach Tom Thibodeau, the organization named Ryan Saunders as the interim coach for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. After some success in Chicago, Thibs was sacked following the 2014-15 season. 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. In two-plus seasons with Minnesota, he guided the club to a 97-107 record.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Fred Hoiberg is among the main candidates for the GM and coach position.

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It was Thibodeau's decision to trade a chunk of that young talent for Jimmy Butler, the disgruntled star who all but forced his way out of Minnesota early this season and was traded to Philadelphia.

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

Hoiberg - whose name has come up in relation to the UCLA coaching search - told Zach Lowe of ESPN what he wants to do is coach, not work in a front office again.

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