Minnesota Timberwolves have parted ways with Tom Thibodeau after a 19-21 start to the season.
Thibodeau was brought in after five seasons at Chicago where he groomed players such as former MVP Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah and Luol Deng. Four of his former Bulls line-up ended up with him on the Timberwolves; Rose, Butler, Deng, and Taj Gibson.
After the Butler saga transpired, Thibodeau might have lost the confidence of the front-office when he pulled the trigger, sending the four-time All Star to Philadelphia and acquiring Robert Covington and Dario Saric.
He guided Minnesota to their first play-off in 13 seasons after a 47-35 record last year, grabbing the final spot right under the nose of the Denver Nuggets. He ends his latest tenure with a 97-107 record.
Thibodeau is highly regarded as one of the top coaches in the league, with sources citing that he is frequently ranked top-five in the NBA. He is constantly deemed a defensive specialist with ESPN praising his defensive system as “the pinnacle of team defensive strategy in the NBA.”
Jeff Van Gundy was initially drawn to Thibodeau because of his innovative offensive sets, among them kick-and-drive sequences and his positioning of the big man at the baseline instead of on the block, providing extra space for a driver to finish or drop the ball off.Leave a comment