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Report: Tom Thibodeau finalizing five-year deal to be Knicks coach

Tom Thibodeau, Knicks

Tom Thibodeau is reportedly set to sign a five-year deal with the New York Knicks to be the team’s new head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

There had been plenty of speculation as to whether Thibodeau would land the job after rumors suggested that he was among the top candidates for the job.

But it looks like he’ll indeed be the next man in charge for the Knicks, despite speculation that Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd was emerging as a frontrunner.

Thibodeau, 62, has previously been the head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves. In his five seasons coaching the Bulls, they made the playoffs in each season, including a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011. Additionally, in his first season coaching the Timberwolves, he led them to their first playoff berth in 14 years.

The Connecticut native ranks 11th all-time in winning percentage for coaches with 500 or more games, has a 352-246 record in eight seasons with the Bulls and Timberwolves.

This past season, the Knicks finished 21-45 and missed the playoffs for the sixth straight season. However, they do a promising future with the young players they currently have on their roster. Furthermore, they have a high chance of winning a lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft. With that being said, Thibodeau certainly has the experience and knowledge to restore a competitive infrastructure for the Knicks once again.

Thibodeau is set to become the 13th head for the Knicks since Jeff Van Gundy departed in the 2001-02 NBA season.