New York Knicks interview Tom Thibodeau for head coaching vacancy

Jan 6, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau calls a play during the third quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks are in the midst of a search to find a full-time replacement for David Fizdale, who was fired as the team’s head coach early in the 2019-20 season.

A number of candidates have emerged for the job. Though, one big name is seen as the favorite. He’s now formally interviewed for the job.

New York Knicks interview Tom Thibodeau for head coaching vacancy

This would be exactly the big-name hire new Knicks president Leon Rose is seeking as he attempts to mold the organization heading into the 2020-21 season.

Tom Thibodeau has always been the Knicks’ No. 1 option

Thibodeau, 62, last coached for the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2018-19 season. He was fired after posting a 19-21 record through 40 games. The veteran coach did lead Minnesota to a rare playoff appearance the season prior.

Though, he’s best known for working wonders with the Chicago Bulls. From 2010-15, Thibodeau led Chicago to a playoff appearance each season. He also won 50-plus games three times.

New York itself is in need of a major rebrand. It has not made the playoffs since all the way back in 2012-13. This would also be a reunion of sorts. Thibodeau was an assistant with the Knicks from 1996-2003.