Timberwolves fire coach Tom Thibodeau

Timberwolves fire Tom Thibodeau, may want Fred Hoiberg

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 the timing of the decision is confusing given Minnesota just won a lopsided 108-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers earlier in the day, it has been a long time coming. Ryan Saunders will be stepping in as coach on an interim basis.

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

"I said let's let it go and see how things worked", 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.

"I think we have a pretty good team, barring injuries and stuff like that", Taylor said. "I wanted it to be made on what I said, we gave it about a half a year's worth of games, and it wasn't one particular loss that did it".

Hoiberg was sacked as coach of the Bulls on December 3 following a 5-19 start to the season.

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. 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. After a contentious battle with star guard Jimmy Butler who demanded a trade, the Timberwolves never recovered from their lack of team chemistry. The need to hold on to him while seemed unnecessary before he was gone was reinforced after the world saw how much better Robert Covington and Dario Saric have fit into the rotation.

"You really don't get much sleep, getting thrown into this thing", Saunders said Tuesday morning, January 8, at the Timberwolves' shootaround.

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