Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau's hilariously awkward smile lit the internet on fire

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Tom Thibodeau's hilariously awkward smile lit the internet on fire

Somebody broke Tom Thibodeau.

The former Bulls coach started his new gig with ESPN as an analyst Wednesday night and this 18-second clip of him lit the internet on fire:

That's easily the best sports-related video of 2019 so far. I can't stop watching. It's somehow haunting and hilarious at the same time.

He's gotta be trolling everybody...right? Or is Thibodeau just doing his best Chandler impression?

Either way, it's pure gold.

Who did it better — Thibodeau or this very good dog?

The man affectionately known as "Thibs" may be one of the most photogenic Chicago sports figures in recent memory and Wednesday was just more proof.

Tom Thibodeau fired by the Timberwolves

Tom Thibodeau fired by the Timberwolves

The TimberBulls are slowly being broken up.

First, Jimmy Butler got traded out of Minnesota. Now Tom Thibodeau has been fired. The news was first reported by Shams Charania before the Timberwolves made it official later on Sunday.

Thibodeau was at the heart of Butler's exit early this season and the Timberwolves have been under .500 most of the season. Minnesota is currently 19-21, two games out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The Timberwolves have actually won two straight, including a win earlier on Sunday against the LeBron-less Lakers. Minnesota raced out to a 35-19 lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 108-86 win. Hours after the game went final, Thibodeau is ousted.

How about some more ex-Bulls coach fun while the news is still fresh? Recently fired Fred Hoiberg could be in consideration to take over.

The TimberBulls are dead. Long live the TimberBulls?

This is something NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh mentioned as a possibility when Hoiberg was fired by the Bulls:

A league source close to the situation told NBC Sports that Hoiberg could be a candidate to take over in Minnesota where he’d be reunited with owner Glen Taylor.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that Hoiberg's preference is to stay in the NBA as opposed to going back to college.

 

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Derrick Rose emotional over All-Star support from fans

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Derrick Rose emotional over All-Star support from fans

Derrick Rose has had an awesome bounce back season that has reminded everyone of how much rehab work he has put in over the years just to get back to being this current version of himself. He is averaging 18.9 points, 4.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game for Tom Thibodeau's Timberwolves, his highest scoring average since the 2011-12 season and his highest assists per game average since 2014-15.

Reports from Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic summarized Rose’s feelings after seeing just how well he was doing after NBA All-Star voting opened up:

"I don’t sell myself to people. It’s not me. That’s not my character. I don’t have an Instagram. I don’t have any of that. It comes from me being in people’s minds for some reason and people really caring."

Krawczynski’s reporting went on to state that while Rose is set to go on vacation in Malibu around the All-Star break, he would be more than happy to cancel the trip if it meant taking his two kids, PJ and Layla.

Timberwolves franchise cornerstone Karl-Anthony Towns also discussed how thrilled he was about Rose’s potential All-Star bid:

As of now, Rose is day-to-day with an ankle issue that has kept him out the past three games. His last appearance was against the Hawks in late December, when he collected 25 points and 9 assists in a close loss.

The NBA announced five “two-for-one Days” that allow fans to have their All-Star Game votes count twice on Jan. 3, Jan. 4, Jan. 10, Jan. 11 and Jan. 21 through all voting platforms. NBA All-Star voting will conclude on January 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, at 11:59 p.m. ET.