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Report: Timberwolves interested in Tom Thibodeau

Tom Thibodeau

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau sends in some signals during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves won 82-75. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


It’s apparently not difficult to find a young Timberwolves player who questions Sam Mitchell. At this point, Kevin Garnett’s endorsement seems unlikely to save the interim head coach .

So, who’s next in Minnesota?

How about Tom Thibodeau?

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Source are telling me that there’s already been some cursory contact between – either backchannels or whatever – between the Wolves and Thibodeau.

Thibodeau should come up for every job opening. His 255-139 record in five seasons with the Bulls and defensive chops dictate that.

From there, it gets more complicated.

Thibodeau would instill a strong culture of defense and hard work in Minnesota. That has value for a young team.

But he’d also put plenty of physical strain on Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns through big minutes and grueling practices. That’s how Thibodeau believes he can accomplish those previously stated objectives.

There might not be another available coach capable of succeeding as much as Thibodeau, but he can also be divisive.