We now know just how much danger Tom Thibodeau is in of being fired from a third NBA team.
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported Wednesday on Thibodeau’s level of job security with the New York Knicks. Fischer reveals that Thibodeau is expected to remain the Knicks’ coach beyond the 2021-22 season despite some internal support to move on from him. The report adds that Knicks owner James Dolan gave the front office permission to either keep or fire Thibodeau. However, Knicks president Leon Rose, who hired Thibodeau, reportedly has no plans to make a change.
Thibodeau is the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, having just led the Knicks to their first playoff appearance in nearly a decade last season. However, the team has fallen on some rough times this year, going 28-40 and having virtually zero chance of even making the play-in tournament. There have also been indications that Thibodeau is losing the support of a key Knicks executive.
Granted, the team’s roster appears to be the bigger problem here. Unlike his previous stop in Minnesota, Thibodeau does not have dual executive powers, so it looks like his hands are clean enough for him to survive at least one more NBA season.