Karl-Anthony Towns Shocked By Tom Thibodeau Firing

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

After a strenuous offseason and hard start to the regular season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have relived Tom Thibodeau of his coaching duties after three seasons.

"We had just celebrated a good win, so we all went home thinking the day was over", Towns told reporters, as Thibodeau's release came after a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. With a 19-21 record, they are two games behind the 8 spot in the stacked Western Conference.

"We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best", Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. Ryan Saunders is just 32-years old. Additionally, Thibodeau was surprised at the timing of his firing and wasn't aware the decision was imminent.

Hoiberg has been mentioned as a candidate for UCLA's head coaching vacancy.

"I'm hurt because Thibs is not here", Rose said. After some success in Chicago, Thibs was sacked following the 2014-15 season.

The Timberwolves have reportedly fired coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, the team announced Sunday. If Minnesota were to make that run to the playoffs, it would be the first time since the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons that it made the postseason in back-to-back years.

Assistant coach Ryan Saunders, son of late beloved Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders, will take over as interim coach. After a contentious battle with star guard Jimmy Butler who demanded a trade, the Timberwolves never recovered from their lack of team chemistry.

Taylor is seriously considering Hoiberg as the next general manager or head coach of the franchise, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

While Saunders will serve as the interim coach of the team, it is highly-likely that he will be replaced soon.

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