Fred Hoiberg: ‘My passion is in coaching’ not front office job

Posted January 11, 2019

The Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach and team president Tom Thibodeau on Sunday, this after less than three years on the job.

Taylor wasn't the one to deliver the news to Thibodeau and hadn't yet spoken to the coach as of Sunday night.

In fact, Towns said he told assistant coaches just last week that he felt the organization was gaining some much-needed "stability" and that he was finally feeling comfortable within his team's schemes.

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"We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best", Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement.

"The things that Scott was responsible for, I thought he had done a good job", Taylor said.

Young received a big compliment when the game ended, as 12-time All-Star Dwyane Wade, who is retiring after the season, took his jersey off at halfcourt and made a swap with the Atlanta rookie. He was hired mere months after Thibodeau was let go by the organization. Ryan Saunders will be stepping in as coach on an interim basis. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year on May 1, 2011, after tying the record for most wins by a rookie head coach with 62.

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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.

ESPN later reported the firing of Thibodeau as well as interest in former member of the Wolves Fred Hoiberg for the opening.

So when Thibodeau was sacked by Minnesota, it wasn't a surprise Hoiberg's name came up quickly, what was unexpected was to see him linked to a possible front office/GM role.

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Ultimately Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for forwards Robert Covington and Dario Saric, and only after Taylor stepped in.