Tom Thibodeau, the former Chicago Bulls mentor, appears to be the frontrunner for the New York Knicks head coaching position after Derek Fisher was fired on Sunday.
Fisher had a disappointing time as head coach for the New York squad in the last one and a half years. In 136 games, he led the Knicks to a 40-96 record missing the playoffs last season and winning just 23 against 31 losses this season before getting fired.
Thibodeau is a highly respected veteran head coach who enjoyed success with the Chicago Bulls in the previous five seasons. He led the Bulls to five playoff appearances but was fired by the Bulls and was replaced by rookie mentor Fred Hoiberg before the 2015-2016 NBA Season.
Ian O’Connor of ESPN updated on Twitter that Thibodeau claimed previously that the Knicks’ job was something the veteran head coach wanted. O’Conner also added that Thibodeau is a “big fan” of Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony.
In his time with the Knicks, Fisher was involved in some controversies including his reported altercation with former teammate and Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes earlier in the season.
Fisher was hired by the Knicks because of his familiarity with the “triangle offense”, an offensive system preferred by Knicks president Phil Jackson, who was successful with the offensive scheme during his time as head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls.
The Knicks have made Kurt Rambis the interim head coach until Fisher’s replacement is found.
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