New York Knicks make Tom Thibodeau top target for head coaching role

Sources: Knicks to begin coaching search with Tom Thibodeau the top candidate

The Knicks will soon begin the process of hiring a new head coach and Tom Thibodeau tops their wish list, The Athletic's Shams Charania and Mike Vorkunov report. The Knicks are believed to be targeting a decision in the next few weeks, sources said.

Thibodeau hasn't coached since being fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves in January 2019.

NY has hired four head coaches since 2012, and had two interim coaches as well, in Kurt Rambis and Mike Miller.

Interim coach Mike Miller, who took over the 4-18 Knicks when coach David Fizdale was sacked in December, is expected to interview for the job, as is former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson.

Thibodeau last coached in the National Basketball Association with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2018-19, his third season in charge of the team.

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.

Atkinson received his first assistant coaching opportunity with the Knicks before serving as an assistant in Atlanta, which was followed by his run in Brooklyn.

The Knicks were 21-45 when the season was paused on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The New York Knicks are gearing up to search for a new head coach, and Tom Thibodeau sounds like the early favorite to land the job.

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