Tom Thibodeau has formal interview with Knicks for head coaching vacancy
Former Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau has been presumed the frontrunner to fill the New York Knicks head coaching vacancy. On Thursday, he has his chance to impress the organization’s new front office, led by President Leon Rose.
“Tom Thibodeau — the leading candidate for the New York Knicks coaching job — had his formal interview with the organization today, sources tell ESPN,” Wojnarowksi tweeted.
On Wednesday, Ric Bucher speculated on WFAN that he would “expect that in the next week or so, we’ll get an announcement that Tom Thibodeau will be the next head coach of the New York Knicks.”
The Knicks are embarking on an extensive coaching search, and are reportedly interviewing up to a dozen candidates, including current interim coach Mike Miller, Kenny Atkinson, Pat Delaney, Chris Fleming, Mike Brown, Ime Udoka, Jamahl Mosley, Mike Woodson, and possibly Becky Hammon.
Earlier this week, the Kidd chatter picked up steam. The Hall of Fame point guard and current Los Angeles Lakers assistant is highly regarded by Knicks insiders, including executive vice president William “World Wide Wes” Wesley. Kidd was previously the head coach for Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetotokounmpo, whom New York will surely target in free agency.
“He’s a Hall of Fame player and young innovative coach who learned from his past mistakes,’’ said one person with ties to the Knicks’ front office. “I think the Knicks’ young players would relate to him. Whether a factor for Giannis, wherever [Kidd] goes to coach, that team most definitely will have a seat at that dinner table when the time comes.”