This season has been quite eventful for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and that’s an understatement.
After a commanding 108-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, the organization relieved president and coach Tom Thibodeau of his duties, reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski.
Although it was anticipated, the timing of this firing is interesting considering the Timberwolves traded away Jimmy Butler — who verbally challenged Thibodeau — back in November.
“We would like to thank Tom for his efforts and wish him all the best,” owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “These decisions are never easy to make, but we felt them necessary to move our organization forward.”
Ryan Saunders, assistant coach and son of the late Flip Saunders, will take control as the interim coach for the remainder of the season.
After reaching the playoffs last season for the first time in 13 years, the Timberwolves are having an underwhelming season so far with a sub-.500 record (19-21), sitting at eleventh place in the western conference.
After going 5-5 in its last 10 games, Minnesota will need franchise players Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Wiggins to step up and lead if they want to gain some momentum before the All-Star break.
It’s time for them to earn those max contracts.