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Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

10 January 2019

"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".

"He is very capable of doing this job".

"My passion is in coaching and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead", said Hoiberg. His mom stopped by his house for a congratulatory hug after the change was made. Now making his own calls and taking his own shots, Saunders hopes to bring a new energy to the team while keeping some old concepts. A highly-regarded player development coach, reports of losing control of the locker room cost him his job in Chicago. 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.

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Saunders is expected to have the rest of the season his case as full-time coach. Everyone believes in him, everyone respects him and trusts him. I have a good relationship with him. "I think now, (we're) halfway through the season and I don't think we're where we thought we would be or where we think we should be".

"We're going to support him and have his back".

"Minnesota will move away from the combined front office and coaching role that Thibodeau had", Andrews reported, citing sources. He was quick to compliment Thibodeau and careful not to make any proclamations about how the team might look different under his guidance. It will be the first time we get to see how the team's offense, defense and rotations will differ from Thibodeau.

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He's got a 42-game audition before the organization must decide who the next coach will be. Every candidate for the job, certainly, will offer more experience than Saunders, who spent five seasons as an assistant coach with Washington before coming to Minnesota. "Maybe one of those games". When the team returns home to play Dallas on Friday, the public address announcement of Saunders is sure to receive a rousing cheer. Ryan Saunders will be stepping in as coach on an interim basis. Most other acknowledged National Basketball Association coaches who took on the role during their roaring 20s were all former player-coaches like Debusschere.

"The results are that I don't think we should've lost against Phoenix or Detroit or New Orleans or Atlanta", Taylor said.

"He jump-started my career again and for that, I'll always be thankful". He later apologized on Twitter for the insensitivity of his remark.

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Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose told local reporters on Monday that Saunders wants to play a faster pace. Towns said he was not given a clear explanation as to why.

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg