The New York Nets look all set to appoint Tom Thibodeau as head coach, offering him a year deal. Reports suggest that the Knicks hierarchy have been working to complete contractual terms in the near future. Thibodeau, who has managed the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves has been the front runner for the job after talks were started in July.
Thibodeau’s decades-long relationship with Knicks president Leon Rose made him an early favourite, despite the team’s intention to interview at least 11 candidates. Other candidates to replace David Fizdale, who was fired in December, were Jason Kidd, Kenny Atkinson, Mike Woodson, Mike Brown, Ime Udoka, Will Hardy, Pat Delaney, Jamahl Mosley, Chris Fleming and Knicks interim coach Mike Miller.
The 62-year-old has a 352-246 record in the NBA with the Bulls and the Timberwolves which includes a 24-32 record in the postseason. The Knicks were 21-45 before the coronavirus pandemic. They will not take part in the restart as they were already out of contention for a playoff spot. 2012-13 was the last time the Knicks reached the playoffs where they lost in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.