Game 871 | October 4, 2016 | Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden, Alan Horton
Thibodeau, the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year with the Chicago Bulls, was hired in the off-season to succeed Sam Mitchell as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He entertained Dunkers with his stories of being an assistant coach on the Gold Medal U.S. Basketball team in Rio as well as his NBA debut as an assistant to Bill Musselman on the 1989 expansion Minnesota Timberwolves. New General Manager Layden previously held executive positions with the New York Knicks, Utah Jazz and the San Antonio Spurs. Horton, the team’s play-by-play announcer, did the interviews.
(LtoR) Dave Mona, Tom Thibodeau, Scott Layden, Chris Wright
Game 888 | November 6, 2017 | Tom Thibodeau, Ethan Casson, Alan Horton
The Minnesota Timberwolves had a major makeover from the previous season, trading Ricky Rubio, Zach Levine and Kris Dunn while adding Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson. Thibodeau outlined Butler’s career in Chicago with the Bulls as he developed into an all-star excelling offensively and defensively. Thibodeau said he thought the addition of the veterans would bring out the talents of young stars such as Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Team CEO Casson talked about the lessons learned from a pre-season trip to China and the global marketing reach of the National Basketball Association. Team play-by-play announcer Alan Horton did the interviews.
(LtoR): Dave Mona, Pete Kostroski, Ethan Casson, Tom Thibodeau, Phil Soran (physician)
Game 903 | September 18, 2018 | Tom Thibodeau, Alan Horton
Appearing a week before the start of training camp a lot of the discussion was around Jimmy Butler’s future with the team. Head Coach Tom Thibodeau pointed out that the team had improved by 17 victories last year and that everything would be sorted out in the near future. It didn’t work out for either Thibodeau or Butler. On November 12 Butler was traded to Philadelphia, and Thibodeau was fired less than two months later.
(LtoR) Alan Horton, Nancy Lindahl, Tom Thibodeau, Ethan Casson (Physician)
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