Report: Knicks target Tom Thibodeau as coaching search begins

The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in interviewing former Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau for their head coaching position. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The New York Knicks have begun searching for their next head coach and former Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau is their top target, Shams Charania and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic report.

Interim coach Mike Miller, who replaced the fired David Fizdale in December, is also expected to get an interview. The timeline for the search will be impacted by the NBA’s return to play plans and Miller will be the coach if the Knicks get a chance to finish the 2019-20 season, Charania and Vorkunov add.

Thibodeau worked as an assistant coach with the Knicks for seven seasons between 1996 and 2003. He was head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 2010 to 2015, and head coach and president of basketball operations for the Timberwolves from 2016 to January of 2019.

Former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson is also expected to be interviewed for the job, Charania and Vorkunov report. Atkinson, also a former Knicks assistant coach, and the Nets parted ways in March after four seasons together.

The next coach of the Knicks will be the club’s sixth in six seasons and will lead a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2013. At the time the season was paused, the Knicks were 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 21-45 record.

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