It’s fair to say that operation Thibs was a failure in Minnesota. Not only did the team not perform well, but they have been mired in controversy and off-court drama ever since he took over.
It all finally came to a conclusion earlier this week when it was announced that Thibodeau was fired as President of Basketball Operations and head coach.
As far as replacements go, there is one name going around that has people scratching their heads a bit — former Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, who was let go by his team earlier in the season (per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski).
Fred Hoiberg is a serious consideration of Minnesota owner Glen Taylor to become either the GM or head coach in the future, league sources tell ESPN. Hoiberg was an assistant GM in Minnesota prior to Iowa State. Scott Layden remains GM now.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 7, 2019
Interestingly enough, the Timberwolves seem to have a trend of acquiring former players/coaches from the Bulls. They have several players who used to play for Chicago (Derrick Rose, Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine, Taj Gibson), and the list included Thibs, who used to be their coach.
And Fred Hoiberg is obviously the most recent Bulls head coach to be fired, and the only name so far that has been connected to Minnesota’s job opening.
Whether they have some admiration for former Bulls members or it’s all just some coincidence, Hoibergs fit as coach of the Timberwolves remains to be seen. Hoiberg posted a 115-155 record as a coach, and his greatest achievement was leading the team to the Eastern Conference Playoffs in 2017 where they were eliminated in the first round.
One has to think that these constant mistakes will come back to haunt the Wolves. Has any team matched their inconsistency lately? If they want to finally break loose and contend in the Western Conference, they need to start getting things right. Finding the correct replacement for their vacant head coaching position is a good place to start.