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.”