Should the Minnesota Timberwolves part ways with head coach Tom Thibodeau during, or following the season, it is reported that former Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg could once again be the man to replace him.
Hoiberg, who replaced Thibodeau in Chicago following his dismissal, is someone that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is fond of, and could target to be the next man at the helm on Minnesota’s sidelines, according to Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports.
Ironically, now that Hoiberg has that experience, he might be a candidate to replace Thibodeau again. A league source close to the situation told NBC Sports that Hoiberg could be a candidate to take over in Minnesota where he’d be reunited with owner Glen Taylor.
“Glen loves Fred,” the source told NBC Sports.
Timberwolves’ Glen Taylor Happy with Ryan Saunders
But, with the early success of interim head coach Ryan Saunders, Taylor is happy to stick to the current course, despite having a conversation with Hoiberg following his dismissal from the Bulls.
“We spent time on (Chicago) and what he wanted to do in the future,” Taylor said of his discussion with Hoiberg, according to Danny Lawhon of The Des Moines Register.
“We had already made up our mind on Ryan, because Ryan has worked with these players, been there all year. That was the easiest way to make the transition.”
Hoiberg has ties to the organization, having played two seasons in Minnesota and also served in the team’s front office following his retirement.
Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Discusses Ryan Saunders’ Coaching Debut
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over after the firing of Tom Thibodeau, made history with a shocking win in his debut, but also impressed his team in the process.
Wolves’ big man Karl-Anthony Towns spoke about Saunders following Minnesota’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“He showed his whole coaching repertoire tonight,” Towns said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “…He stayed as composed as anybody tonight. Gave us positive energy. Kept telling us to fight and kept making the right moves. He was playing chess the whole night and came out with checkmate.”
Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague Out Additional 7-10 Days
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague will miss an additional 7-10 days due to a lingering ankle injury, the same one that has kept him out of the past 2 games.
Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau announced the update on Teague’s status on Friday, according to Wolvers radio commentator Alan Horton.
Derrick Rose will continue to play Teague’s minutes until he is able to return.
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