Tom Thibodeau Talking To Fans & Signing Autographs (Video)

Above is original video of new Timberwolves head coach/president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau talking to fans during a Q&A open house at Target Center, followed by a clip of Thibodeau signing autographs, just before departing for Target Field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday’s Twins game. Thibodeau was joined on the Q&A stage by new team general manager Scott Layden.

This entire scene occurred shortly after the conclusion of Thibodeau’s and Layden’s introductory press conference to the media.

Last week, the 58-year-old Thibodeau agreed to a hefty contract of a reported $8 million a year with Minnesota. Layden, who has spent more than 30 years in the NBA, including stints as GM of the Jazz and Knicks, most recently served the assistant GM of the Spurs. He will receive a reported $2 million annually.

Thibodeau was considered the best available coach on the market this offseason, after compiling a record of 255-139 with the Bulls from 2010-2015. Upon his controversial dismissal from Chicago last May, the Connecticut native spent the last 11 months recharging his battery, amid observing the operations of 13 NBA teams, while also meeting with non basketball luminaries, including Bill Belichick and Tony La Russa.

Ready to return to the sidelines, Thibodeau grabbed the job of the team that he believes has the best young roster in the NBA, a group that includes this season’s likely rookie of the year, Karl-Anthony Towns, 2015 rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins, two-time defending slam dunk champ Zach LaVine and point guard Ricky Rubio, who finished in the Top 5 in both assists and steals this season.

Thibodeau returns to the place he landed his first NBA job, as he served as an assistant coach with the expansion Wolves from 1989-1991.

After missing the playoffs in 12 consecutive seasons, Minnesota fans hope this splash of a coaching hire will turn the long downtrodden Timberwolves into one of the leagues most exciting and potentially best teams, during the next few years.