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SportOpinion: Minnesota Timberwolves firing Tom Thibodeau marks end of an NBA era

20:05  11 january  2019
20:05  11 january  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The days of a team hiring the same person to coach and lead the front office are over.

If Tom Thibodeau’s shaky tenure as coach and president of basketball operations of the Minnesota Timberwolves wasn’t enough foreshadowing, his dismissal on Sunday signaled the end of one person holding both roles.

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A few years ago, coaches wanted both roles, and in certain circumstances, they got what they wanted. It was a mini-trend: Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers, Stan Van Gundy with the Detroit Pistons, Thibodeau with the Timberwolves, Mike Budenholzer with the Atlanta Hawks.

It makes sense to a certain degree. Why wouldn’t the coach want final say on who is on his roster? After all, he’s coaching the players, and he wants ones who fit his style.

But today, only Rivers remains with the same team – and even he had his president of basketball operations title removed. Rivers the front office executive was skewered for some of his personnel decisions, and Clippers owner Steve Ballmer put Lawrence Frank in charge of basketball operations. Ballmer saw what others see: It’s difficult for one person to hold both jobs.

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“The notion that one person can fairly focus on them and give them all the attention they need isn't the case,” Ballmer told ESPN in 2017.

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At a basic level, the coach’s job is to win now, and while the general manager wants to win now, he also needs to prepare for the future. The coach’s goal can be at odds with the president of basketball operations’ goal and vice versa. It’s difficult for the same person to make coaching and front-office decisions.

Then, there is the time and commitment required for each job as well. Each one is a full-time job, and then some.

Yes, the Spurs make it work with president and coach Gregg Popovich working side-by-side with general manager R.C. Buford. But the Spurs are the exception and not the rule.

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The 2017–18 Minnesota Timberwolves season was the 29th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association ( NBA ). They clinched their first winning season since 2005 with a win over the New York Knicks on March 23, 2018.

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Coaches around the league still have input on the roster, especially in Dallas and Miami. Collaboration is productive and necessary. But more and more, teams don’t want the same person making coaching and front-office decisions.

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On Sunday, the Minnesota Timberwolves parted ways with Tom Thibodeau, who was their head coach and president of basketball operations. Here is what Tom Haberstroh reported back in early December ( via NBC Sports): "Hoiberg might be a candidate to replace Thibodeau again. A league source close to the situation told NBC Sports that Hoiberg could be a candidate to take over in Minnesota where he'd be reunited with owner Glen Taylor. 'Glen loves Fred,' the source told NBC Sports." According to Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves may allow Hoiberg to choose between working in the front office or on their coaching staff.

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