Report: Karl-Anthony Towns’ selfishness was behind Tom Thibodeau’s departure from Minnesota

Tom Thibodeau
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Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News answered fan questions about the New York Knicks. One of them was about the Knicks hiring Tim Thibodeau as the new head coach.

The 62-year-old coach has previously coached the Minnesota Timberwolves for almost three years before getting fired in January 2019. Bondy explained that the real reason why Thibodeau had to leave the team was not Andrew Wiggins but Karl-Anthony Towns.

The first pick of the 2015 NBA Draft is reportedly gaining a reputation of being selfish and less concerned with winning. Such attitude did not go well with Thibodeau’s way of coaching and it was the coach who was forced to go.

Per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

The issues with Thibodeau in Minnesota were more concerning, but they’re also not all his fault. Word is Thibodeau was fine with Andrew Wiggins but the problem was Karl-Anthony Towns, who is gaining a reputation of being a selfish player less concerned with winning. It’s not surprising that his personality didn’t mesh with the demanding Thibodeau.