The New York Knicks are one of the eight teams that won’t be taking part in the NBA restart in Orlando, but it turns out that’s fine for them.
According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks will get a significant benefit in their pursuit of Tom Thibodeau as head coach because they’re missing out on that restart. Other teams with interest in Thibodeau, such as the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets, will be playing games until at least August, preventing them from getting going on their search.
Thibodeau would have interest in the Rockets job if and when Mike D’Antoni departs, according to Berman, but the lengthy wait likely rules them out as an option.
By all accounts, Thibodeau will be the next Knicks coach as long as he wants the job. Unless he wants to wait until August or September, it may well be his only option.
The coach most frequently linked to the New York Knicks may be an even stronger favorite than previously thought.
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the belief within the league is that the Knicks job is Tom Thibodeu’s to lose. Thibodeau is reportedly so confident that he will land the job that he has already begun making preliminary calls to assemble a coaching staff.
Despite this, Thibodeau will not be the only interview the Knicks conduct. The current interim coach, Mike Miller, will have the opportunity to speak to the Knicks about the job. Former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is also expected to speak to the Knicks.
We’ve heard for several days now that Thibodeau tops the Knicks’ list of candidates. All indications are that the former Chicago Bulls coach is equally interested. Nothing is ever a formality with the Knicks, but this continues to look more and more likely by the day.
The New York Knicks are gearing up to search for a new head coach, and Tom Thibodeau sounds like the early favorite to land the job.
Knicks president of basketball operations Leon Rose has Thibodeau at the top of his list of potential coaching candidates, Shams Charania and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic report. The team is aiming to make a decision within the next few weeks, and Thibodeau is one of several big names that have been linked to the job.
Thibodeau hasn’t coached since being fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in January 2019. The 62-year-old has been close with Rose for two decades stemming from Rose’s time as an agent with CAA, which is the agency that represents Thibodeau. Thibodeau also served as an assistant coach for the Knicks from 1996 to 2004, so he has previous ties to the organization.
Interim head coach Mike Miller has reportedly impressed Rose, so he is expected to get an interview for the full-time coaching position. Former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is also on the list, according to The Athletic.
Tom Thibodeau certainly seems as though he may have options this offseason if he wants to return to the NBA head coaching ranks.
Thibodeau is “canvassing the league” and asking people which potential coaching job would be best suited to him, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets will be hiring new coaches this offseason, and the Houston Rockets are expected to as well.
Thibodeau will be considered for the Knicks job, according to Bondy. Interim coach Mike Miller will also be a candidate.
The coaching market will develop whenever the season ends, which is uncertain at this point. Thibodeau is certainly looking, but he’s made it clear he doesn’t feel like he absolutely has to take the first offer that comes his way.
Tom Thibodeau isn’t exactly chomping at the bit to get back into the NBA as quickly as possible.
Appearing this week on ESPN, the former Minnesota Timberwolves coach downplayed rumors linking him to the New York Knicks and other teams.
“They’re just rumors,” said Thibodeau, per the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “And this time of year, everything is on hold. Normally you would have some openings and right now there aren’t any. So you don’t want to speculate on what jobs could open. That’s what you have an agent for. He’ll certainly, at some point, look if there is an opportunity, whether it’s a good match or not.”
The 2010-11 NBA Coach of the Year also pointed out that he was still owed another year on his contract with the Timberwolves after his 2019 firing.
“I’m still under contract with Minnesota, so I feel like I’m in a position where I can be patient,” Thibodeau added.
The Knicks have been the most popular rumored destination with Thibodeau’s background as a former Knicks assistant and his very close relationship with president Leon Rose. They fired head coach David Fizdale in December and interim coach Mike Miller has gone 17-27 since taking over.
Tom Thibodeau is going to be a hot name on the head coaching market whenever the NBA offseason begins, and the Brooklyn Nets are among the teams that are said to have interest in him. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving will almost certainly have some say in the Nets’ hiring process, which could be good news for Thibodeau if he wants the job.
Both Durant and Irving like and respect Thibodeau, sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post. The two superstars worked with Thibodeau when he was an assistant coach with Team USA, and they are said to have favorable opinions of him from the time they spent together.
The Nets, as well as the Houston Rockets, have “strong interest” in Thibodeau, according to Berman. Brooklyn fired head coach Kenny Atkinson earlier this season, and there have been reports that Irving helped push him out the door.
At the very least, it sounds like Thibodeau is going to get a number of interviews for head coaching jobs heading into next season. He has not coached since being fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in January of 2019, but he holds a career record of 352-246 (.589) with six playoff appearances in eight seasons. The New York Knicks are also said to have interest, and Thibodeau has a relationship with new Knicks president of basketball operations Leon Rose from when Rose was an agent with Creative Artists agency.
Despite being out of the NBA for over a year now, Tom Thibodeau may have multiple opportunities to choose from come the offseason.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reported Monday that both the Houston Rockets and the Brooklyn Nets will have “strong interest” in the former Coach of the Year. Berman notes that the Nets, who recently fired head coach Kenny Atkinson, have stars in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant who each “like and respect” Thibodeau stemming from the days that he coached them as an assistant for Team USA. Incumbent Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni will also see his contract expire after the 2019-20 season and is soon turning 69.
Thibodeau has not coached since being fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in Jan. 2019, but he holds a career record of 352-246 (.589) with six playoff appearances in eight seasons. His connection to both aforementioned teams runs a bit deeper too, as Thibodeau also coached Nets center DeAndre Jordan on Team USA as well as Rockets forward Robert Covington in Minnesota.
The 62-year-old had previously been linked to just the New York Knicks job. Berman reports too that new Knicks president Leon Rose likes the tough, old-school style of Thibodeau, a Creative Arts Agency client and former Knicks assistant. But should Thibodeau desire a job with a franchise that is closer to contention, he may have no shortage of options.
The New York Knicks will be interviewing potential head coaching candidates in the coming weeks and months, and Tom Thibodeau is one name that continues to come up in association with the job. Thibodeau has been mentioned as a candidate for other jobs around the league, but it may be Knicks or bust for him.
The Brooklyn Nets are another team that will be looking for a new head coach this offseason, and Marc Stein mentioned Tyronn Lue, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy as potential candidates. While some have wondered if Thibodeau would be a fit in Brooklyn, Stein said it is believed that the Knicks job is the only one Thibodeau is being considered for.
The Nets' process to name a full-time replacement for Kenny Atkinson is not expected to hit top speed until this season is either completed or canceled, but they have been collecting names and, at this juncture, Tom Thibodeau is believed to be solely a Knicks candidate
Thibodeau hasn’t coached since being fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in January 2019. The 62-year-old has been close with new Knicks president Leon Rose for two decades stemming from Rose’s time as an agent with CAA. Thibodeau also served as an assistant coach for the Knicks from 1996 to 2004, so he has previous ties to the organization.
One of basketball’s most well-known unemployed coaches could soon find himself back in the saddle.
Frank Isola of ESPN reported on Monday that former Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau would be among the favorites for the New York Knicks job if a coaching change is made. Isola notes that Thibodeau has been close with new Knicks president Leon Rose for two decades.
The 62-year-old Thibodeau hasn’t coached since being fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in Jan. of 2019. In addition to his ties to Rose from the latter’s time working as an agent for CAA, Thibodeau also served as an assistant coach for the Knicks from 1996 to 2004.
While there is no guarantee that the Knicks move on from interim coach Mike Miller, who has gone 15-24 since taking over for the fired David Fizdale, we have heard that Thibodeau has significant interest in the job. Whether he is the right coach for their young, rebuilding team is a different story though.
The New York Knicks are once again searching for a new head coach, and there have been doubts about whether they will be able to attract top candidates given the current state of the franchise. However, Tom Thibodeau would apparently have no problem working for James Dolan.
Thibodeau is very interested in the Knicks job and wants to become the team’s next head coach, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports. The former Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations has been actively looking for a job since he was fired a little over a year ago, and a person close to him says he would join the Knicks without hesitation.
“He really wants the Knick job,” one of Thibodeau’s confidants told Berman. “He can taste it and he may even be in the lead.”
Thibodeau is said to be on new Knicks president Leon Rose’s short list of coaching candidates, so the interest may be mutual. Thibodeau worked as an assistant coach with the Knicks from 1996-2004. He also has past ties to Rose from Rose’s time working as an agent for CAA, and the addition of Rose in New York is said to have made Thibodeau even more interested in the job.
“Rose has always been known as much more ethical than most agents, and if he can deliver players and let a strong coach coach, this could work out,” Berman’s source said. “It’s never a sure thing because of ownership, but Thibs knows he can work with Rose and also knows he’d be able to bring in his people as well.”
If the Knicks are looking for a strong presence, Thibodeau might make sense for their head coaching job. However, that can sometimes backfire for a rebuilding team, which is something they need to consider.