About an hour before Cody Parkey ruined your weekend, the Minnesota Timberwolves shocked the NBA world by announcing the firing of our old friend Tom Thibodeau.
Increased fan apathy in Minnesota — with critical season tickets renewal period approaching, sources say — was undeniable factor in Tom Thibodeau's inevitable firing. On Thibodeau and the business of basketball: pic.twitter.com/Qm2Tx5wjWM
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 7, 2019
Thibodeau hitched his wagon to Jimmy Butler, and it failed. But I’m not writing this because of Thibs, I’m writing this because of the man rumored to be the favorite to replace him.
Fred Hoiberg is a serious consideration of Minnesota owner Glen Taylor to become either the GM or head coach in the future, league sources tell ESPN. Hoiberg was an assistant GM in Minnesota prior to Iowa State. Scott Layden remains GM now.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 7, 2019
As funny as it would be to see poor Thibs replaced by Hoiberg at two consecutive jobs, it would also be greatly beneficial to the Bulls.
Hoiberg's $25M is guaranteed so unless he's hired somewhere else, Bulls will be paying him through next season.
No interim title for Boylen. He's well regarded in organization and has chance to earn job, per source.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 3, 2018
The longer Hoiberg remains unemployed, the likelier it is that Jim Boylen will remain head coach for the Bulls next season.
As much as I love hearing Boylen scoff at modern-day offensive philosophies while harping endlessly on things such as toughness and spirit, I don’t love it. At all. I actually hate it because it’s the worst.
It’s embarrassing that a franchise like the Bulls needs a mid-market team like Minnesota to bail them out when we’re talking about a mere $5M. But that’s the sad reality of being a Bulls fan at the moment.