Tom Thibodeau has landed himself the most exciting coaching job in all of pro basketball. The former Chicago Bulls coach will take over the talented Minnesota Timberwolves squad as coach and president of basketball operations starting next season.
According to ESPN’s Mark Stein, Wolves owner Glenn Taylor and Thibodeau have agreed to a five-year contract worth approximately $40 million. “I started my NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves and it is an incredible opportunity to rejoin the organization at a time when they have what I believe to be the best young roster in the NBA,” Thibodeau said in a statement Wednesday.
“Together with a great owner in Glen Taylor and a terrific basketball partner in Scott Layden, I look forward to building a winning culture that Minnesota sports fans can be proud of,” added Thibodeau, who guided the Chicago Bulls to the playoffs in all five seasons as head coach between 2010 and 2015.
Under ‘Thibs’, the Bulls became the best defensive unit in the league and reached one conference final (2010-11) and two conference semi-finals (2012-13 and 2014-15).
Tom Thibodeau to coach young studs…
It’s hard to refute Thibodeau’s clam that Minnesota has the “best young roster” in the league. Besides the last two No. 1 overall packs, Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins, Timberwolves is blessed with a roster that includes Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng and another potential top-10 pick. On paper, there isn’t a roster in the NBA loaded with more talent that boasts superstar potential.
Thibodeau started his coaching career in the NBA as an assistant coach to Bill Musselman in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ expansion season of 1989-90. Since then, Thibodeau had earned plenty of laurels and earned the respect of peers around the league.
The Wolves had also interviewed ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who is still in the running for the head coaching opening at Houston Rockets. However, Wolves owner Glenn Taylor was convinced that Thibs was the right man for the job.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Tom Thibodeau back to the Timberwolves. Through this process we quickly identified Tom as the best leader to shape our talented team and help them realize their full potential,” Taylor said in a statement. “Tom’s resume speaks for itself. He is a proven winner, leader and one of the most well-respected NBA head coaches over the last decade.”
Tom Thibodeau will definitely enjoy working with Wiggins and Towns – two budding superstars who seem to focus more on the defensive end – a philosophy preached by the new coach.