Yesterday it was announced that Tom Thibodeau has officially been hired as the next head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Personally, this makes me incredibly excited for that organization and team. I’m a big fan of the up and coming young duo that is last year’s ROY, Andrew Wiggins and current Rookie of the year favorite, Karl-Anthony Towns. Hopefully Tommy T can develop these two even more and make Minnesota a true contender in the years to come.
It should be noted that Thibodeau took the Chicago Bulls to the playoffs all 5 years that he was there, and even got the Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals in his first season. He was let go after what appeared to be a difference in philosophies with the front office, but after taking a year off from coaching, Tommy T is back.
In other news, the Washington Wizards just announced that they will be hiring Scott Brooks, former head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, after the two penned a 5 year $35 million dollar deal. Brooks brought the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012, but after that it seemed that he could never get past the San Antonio Spurs (but I mean who can other than the Warriors these days) so the organization decided that it was time to move on. Brooks has experience coaching a roster with two young superstars, as evident by his time in OKC, and he may be the answer to continue developing Bradley Beal and John Wall.
However, what makes this situation really interesting is when you realize who the biggest Free Agent on the market is this season. Kevin Durant. Rumors have been flying all season whether or not Durant will follow in LeBron’s footsteps and be “coming home” since he is from the D.C. area. This would give Durant the opportunity to not only play for his home town, but for the coach that he has played a majority of his career with.