Tom Thibodeau Rumors
Does he need to come from your coaching tree, I asked? “It’s always good to have a relationship,” Jackson said. “It’s not paramount, but at some point I’m going to have to have a relationship with somebody who’s going to coach this team. I mean, that’s just the way it works. Communication has to be there in a job like that.” Does he have to run the triangle, someone else asked? “The system of basketball is what’s important,” Jackson said. “We’re talking about a system here, and we’re talking about a system that we’re familiar with, so it’s not paramount, but it’s important.”
Nick Friedell: Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford is one of Tom Thibodeau’s closest friends and confidants. Clifford was asked before the game how much interest he thought Thibodeau would have in the New York Knicks job now that Derek Fisher has been fired. “I don’t have any idea,” Clifford said before Monday’s game against the Chicago Bulls. “Obviously, he wants to coach again and that’s a great job, he worked there and everything, but you’d have to ask him about that.”
Ken Berger: Phil wouldn’t rule out contacting Tom Thibodeau, but made it clear that relationship with next coach important. He and Thibs not close.
Yet while former head coaches like Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau and Mark Jackson are known to have been on the Kings’ radar for quite some time and are currently available, firing Karl now would complicate the process of conducting a more thorough coaching search. The Kings play at the Boston Celtics on Sunday, at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and at the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday before the All-Star break. Whether or not Karl makes it that long remains to be seen.