Knicks Head Coach Tom Thibodeau Thought He Was Going to Be Fired Earlier This Season

Tom Thibodeau in 2011
New York Knicks' Tom Thibodeau in 2011. Image via Keith Allison/Wikipedia

The New York Knicks have been one of the NBA’s hottest teams lately, winning 11 of their last 13 games. But things haven’t looked great for the Knicks early in 2022-23, which reportedly caused their head coach Tom Thibodeau to think he will be fired.

FOX Sports’ Yaron Weitzman recently published a story on how the Knicks turned around their season and revealed that Thibodeau personally believed in December that his time with the franchise was running out. The Knicks were 10-13 at that point, and according to Weitzman’s sources, the veteran head coach felt executive vice president William Wesley is pushing for his exit.

“They’re going to fire me,” Thibodeau allegedly said to one of his friends.

This corresponds with a recent report from SNY, which said that Wesley has been campaigning to get rid of Thibodeau for a while now. The executive even made his feelings known to owner James Dolan earlier in the season, reportedly telling him that Thibodeau’s coaching is a big part of the Knicks’ struggles.

However, the Knicks eventually kept Thibodeau, and it ended up proving to be the right decision. The team is currently at a 39-28 record, sitting as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and being just two games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 4.