Regarded as one the best defensive minds in the National Basketball Association, Thibodeau had no problem landing another coaching gig.
In fact, Towns said he told assistant coaches just last week that he felt the organization was gaining some much-needed "stability" and that he was finally feeling comfortable within his team's schemes.
"We had just celebrated a good win, so we all went home thinking the day was over", Towns said.
"I think all of this was kind of a critical mass for (Timberwolves owner) Glen Taylor to say, 'Something is just not working here".
After a strenuous offseason and hard start to the regular season, the Minnesota Timberwolves have relived Tom Thibodeau of his coaching duties after three seasons. "I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and decided to make a change now". "I think now, (we're) halfway through the season and I don't think we're where we thought we would be or where we think we should be".
Former Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler, who also played for Thibodeau in Chicago, demanded a trade away from the team before the start of the season.
Hoiberg worked in Minnesota's front office following his retirement as an National Basketball Association player, and Wolves owner Glen Taylor has a well-known affection for him, according to league sources.
"You really don't get much sleep, getting thrown into this thing", Saunders said Tuesday morning, January 8, at the Timberwolves' shootaround.
Saunders, the son of the late Flip Saunders, is getting his first shot at a head coaching job - and he noted during his introductory press conference that he did not expect it to come this soon.