Tom Thibodeau tops Knicks head coach want list
The New York Knicks are spearheading a head coaching search, one headlined by veteran coach Tom Thibodeau, according to Shams Charania and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. The Knicks intend to make a decision in the next few weeks.
Interim coach Mike Miller has left a strong impression with the new Knicks brass, even as the new president of basketball operations Leon Rose took over the front office in March. He is expected to receive an interview once the Knicks start the process.
Miller helped coach the Knicks on an interim basis following a 4-18 start that led to David Fizdale’s firing.
Things are still uncertain with the potential return of the 2019-20 NBA season after a myriad pitches have floated up for restart scenarios. With no clear consensus of whether the some or none of the regular season will be played throughout the next few months.
If the Knicks are required to finish out the season, Miller would coach out the remainder of it and likely be offered an opportunity to return to the franchise in some coaching capacity next season.
Thibodeau has an impressive 352-246 record (58.9 winning percentage) in 7.5 seasons as a head coach, first as the man on the sidelines for the Chicago Bulls and later with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He led the Bulls to playoff seasons in each of his five seasons as head coach from 2010-15, including a career-best 62-20 season during the 2010-11 season that saw his team reach the Eastern Conference Finals against a LeBron James-led Miami Heat.
Thibodeau helped snap the Timberwolves’ 14-year playoff drought with the help of his former Bulls star Jimmy Butler, though he was traded early during his second season with the team.