Karl-Anthony Towns Shocked By Tom Thibodeau Firing

Doug Mendoza
January 10, 2019

Team owner Glen Taylor said: "We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best".

Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns said Monday that "no one saw it coming" when asked about the firing of coach and team president Tom Thibodeau the day before.

Saunders and Minnesota are at the halfway point of their season, sitting just outside the playoffs and two games back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth seed. "These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward". He also ignored another offer from the Houston Rockets that reportedly included four first round draft picks. Assistant coach Ryan Saunders will be filling in on an interim basis for the Wolves with general manager Scott Layden continuing in his current role. "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".

"We've got so much talent on this team".

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Taylor is seriously considering hiring Fred Hoiberg as the Timberwolves new coach or general manager in the future.

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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. Hoiberg was most recently the coach of the Chicago Bulls, but was sacked from his post in December.

Thibodeau took over in Minnesota in April 2016. Thibodeau and Minnesota's front office eventually sent him to the 76ers in mid-November in exchange for a package centered around Robert Covington and Dario Saric.

Hoiberg has been a rumored target for UCLA's head-coaching job.

The Timberwolves will face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

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