Knicks Hiring Tom Thibodeau As Next Head Coach?
The Knicks are hiring Tom Thibodeau as their next head coach, it would appear.
Thibodeau’s ascension to ‘favorite’ status coincides with Leon Rose getting closer to his official start date.
Rose, one of the most respected NBA agents of the last decade, recently accepted a new job to become the Knicks’ president of basketball operations.
According to Jonathan Macri of Sports Illustrated, the odds of Thibodeau being named New York’s next head coach are at “90 percent.”
Beyond that, the same report also notes that current interim coach Mike Miller will likely be permitted to stay with the team in some capacity.
The 62-year-old Thibodeau most recently served as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was ultimately fired following a disastrous run that saw Jimmy Butler get traded and Karl-Anthony Towns continue to not live up to his abilities.
Despite his unimpressive stint in Minnesota, Thibodeau is still a widely respected coach across the league.
Over the course of seven years with the Chicago Bulls and Timberwolves, Thibodeau has amassed a record of 352-246. In that time, he has missed the playoffs only once.
The 59-year-old Rose is said to be a big fan of Thibodeau’s.
According to people with knowledge of the situation, the hope is that with a veteran coach in place, Rose will be able to bring together a coalition of superstars in New York. He was said to be instrumental in the Miami Heat landing LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh back in his agent days, so many are eager to see if he can replicate that success as a team president.
Currently, the Knicks are 17-39 through 56 games and sit in 13th place in the Eastern. The franchise has failed to make the postseason since 2013.
It will be interesting to see whether Thibodeau, Rose and whoever they bring along for the ride will ultimately be able to change that next year.