As an NBA Coach of the Year winner without a job, Tom Thibodeau’s name is bound to come up for a number of vacancies around the league. This one, though, has a bit more spice to it.
Thibodeau is being connected to the New York Knicks’ head coaching job by the New York Post. Villanova coach Jay Wright was rumored to be a candidate for new Knicks president Leon Rose, but Wright isn’t likely to leave Villanova. The Post’s reporting said Thibodeau is interested in the job and could be among the frontrunners.
Thibodeau, who coached the Bulls from 2010-2015 and won Coach of the Year in 2011, has been out of a job since leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves in January 2019. Both of his exits, from the Bulls and Timberwolves, came with some drama, but he has a proven track record. Thibodeau guided the Bulls to the best record in the NBA in both 2010-11 and 2011-12 and made the playoffs in all five of his seasons. He also led the 2017-18 Timberwolves to 47 wins, the most for the franchise since 2003-04.
He has expressed an interest to return to coaching and the Knicks are in dire need of some stability. It’s a fit for both sides if Thibodeau can put up with the current state of the Knicks.
Seeing Thibodeau coaching another team might have been weird for Bulls fans when he was in Minnesota. Seeing Thibodeau with the Knicks? Now, that would be something.