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Reaction to Thibodeau: Fans, media, analysts like the hire

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It's been a long time since the Minnesota Timberwolves have been the talk of the league during the NBA playoffs, and they were just that on Wednesday.

No the Wolves are not in the playoffs, but they did make the league's biggest news of the day and they hope that news helps them return to the NBA's postseason sooner rather than later.

Minnesota hired former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as their new coach and president of basketball operations. It's the newest chance for the Wolves to erase a decade of franchise nightmares left etched in Minnesotans memories by names like Kurt Rambis, David Kahn and Jonny Flynn.

While Thibodeau is far from a sure thing to succeed, he's definitely getting the support of fans and media alike.

ESPN's Marc Stein says that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor had his eye on Thibodeau – a former Wolves assistant (1989-91) – for some time.

Thibodeau spent five seasons as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls, compiling a 394-255 record. He was fired following the 2014-15 season in a controversial move by the Bulls.

That move has led some experts to believe that having the authority over personnel was important for Thibodeau.

Even a few current NBA players (who aren't on the Timberwolves) seem pro-Thibs:

Here is some of the other reaction on from others on social media.

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