Karl-Anthony Towns and other members of the Minnesota Timberwolves were stunned by the firing of team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau on Sunday, as relayed in a report from Malika Andrews of ESPN.
While Thibodeau was reportedly not expecting this news at all, it is sad nonetheless as the Timberwolves have had to restart too many times and this adds on as one of those.
The Athletic first reported that Thibodeau, who was also the president of basketball operations with full authority over the roster, had been let go.
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"We had just celebrated a good win, so we all went home thinking the day was over", Towns said.
"We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best", Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. "I'm coaching on the fly at the moment and I'm putting a lot of thoughts to paper now and really trying to organize those things".
Currently, Assistant Coach Ryan Sanders will take on all coaching duties, thus becoming the youngest ever head coach in the NBA at just 32 years old, and General Manager Scott Layden will take care of basketball operations. "I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and decided to make a change now".
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Thibodeau finishes with a record of 97-107 in his two-plus seasons in Minnesota.
Former Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, who also played for Thibodeau in Chicago, demanded a trade away from the team before the start of the season.
Former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg is a "serious" candidate to replace Thibodeau in Minnesota, according to ESPN. Hoiberg was most recently the coach of the Chicago Bulls, but was sacked from his post in December.
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They ended the year 5-3 and scored below 20 points just twice - it happened four times in the first eight games under Haley. The next task Fangio assumed was revamping a Chicago Bears defense that ranked No. 30 after the 2014 season.
The Timberwolves will face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.