As candidates for the Knicks head coaching job continue to spring about, Tom Thibodeau's name has now been entered into the conversation, per The Post's Marc Berman.
And he's reportedly very interested in the position.
"He really wants the Knick job, he can taste it and he may even be in the lead," a Thibodeau confidant told The Post.
Berman reported earlier this month that Thibodeau, along with former Knicks head coach and current ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy, was on next Knicks president Leon Rose's short list for head coach.
"It's never a sure thing because of ownership, but Thibs knows he can work with Rose and also knows he'd be able to bring in his people as well," Berman's source said.
Thibodeau was last seen on an NBA sideline as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, a position he held for two and a half years before being fired midway through last season on Jan. 6. Thibodeau also previously coached the Chicago Bulls from 2010-2015.
Berman's source added that Thibodeau hasn't taken a permanent residence anywhere yet as he searches for his next NBA job, and has split his time between his brother's home in New England, and Los Angeles near Doc Rivers and Tyronn Lue as he visits teams.
Knicks forward Taj Gibson, who played under Thibodeau in both Minnesota and Chicago, gave his thoughts on if his former coach could still thrive in today's NBA.
"He can do it. If you want to win, he can do it. If the main goal is about winning and developing guys and pushing guys to the limit, (he can do it). Not everybody is capable of (accepting) the coaching. But it's proof in the pudding. You look at a lot of the guys he's had over the years; a lot of them was hard-nosed and a lot of them give him his due credit."
However, according to an SNY source, Wright would need to be "overwhelmed by the opportunity" to consider leaving Villanova.