I don’t like this hire. I LOVE this hire. This is the perfect fit for the Twolves and I couldn’t be happier. It looks like a 5 year deal, which is plenty enough time to turn this team into a championship contender. The Wolves had all the tools, but were missing that one piece. Now we have that coach we’ve long needed. Add to the fact that he is also President and has full player/personnel control.
If you want to know how good of a coach Thibs is, look how Hoiberg did with basically the same Bulls roster Thibs had last year. The bulls lost in a 6 game series to the Cavs who went on to sweep the Hawks to win the East. The bulls won 50 games and claimed the 3-seed. This year the Bulls barely cracked the .500 mark and missed the playoffs.
There was no secret that Thibs had problems with the front office in Chicago. Giving him full control of the roster is definitely worth it. Look what Stan Van Gundy has done for the Pistons. That team has been completely turned around and is now a playoff team. The Timberwolves have scary talent, wayyyyy more talented than the Pistons. The best coach to help those players to continue to progress is Thibs. He does have that one flaw of playing his star players too much, but I don’t think that will be an issue because we don’t have soft pussies on our team like Derrick Rose.
Excited is an understatement. Winning 4 of the last 5 games, including a road win over the Warriors. Parlaying that with another top 5 lottery pick, I think this team has a legitimate shot at making the playoffs next year. Could you imagine if the Wolves won the lottery this year. The rest of the NBA would be absolutely terrified of how good this young, talented team will be, if they aren’t already.