Tom Thibodeau.

Tom Thibodeau says "I'm not going there," when asked about New York Knicks snub

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Heads universally scratched when Tom Thibodeau was available, but the New York Knicks, and more specifically, Phil Jackson, never made a play for the talented coach to man their pine despite sacking Derek Fisher in February and not hiring Jeff Hornacek until June.

Could the Knicks really have not considered Thibodeau - a man who brought the Chicago Bulls to within touching distance of a title - through that whole period?

Ultimately, Thibodeau was off the table by the time Jackson decided to hire his man as the 58-year-old took over the Minnesota Timberwolves and assumed total control of basketball operations with one of the best young rosters in the league.

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That's probably where the divide between Jackson and Thibodeau lied; the former was never going to give up his grip on the Knicks and the way they go about their business.

But Thibodeau is not bitter at the snub, quite far from it. When a reporter asked him about not being considering for the role in the Big Apple - a place two of his former stalwarts Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah now call home - the Team USA coach refused to rise to the bait.

"I'm not going there,'' Thibodeau said after Team USA's Olympic practice, per the New York Post. "I'm fine. I got the job I wanted. I'm happy. I wish them well."

New Jersey Nets v Chicago Bulls

Speaking of his two former players, Thibodeau doesn't envisage a scenario where they won't be a raging success in New York. Given the talent around them too, he believes there is every reason the Knicks can be a force next year.

"I think they're both great,'' Thibodeau said. "They've already proven themselves. I think it's good for them. I think it will work out. They got a good team. The way [Carmelo Anthony] plays, [Kristaps] Porzingis, Courtney Lee, they're going to be good."

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