Tom Thibodeau is the favorite to become the next Knicks coach

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Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau argues with an official during the second quarter of the Chicago Bulls 104-99 win over the New York Knicks Monday March 12, 2012 at the United Center. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times photo

All of the sudden, Tom Thibodeau might be the hottest name on the coaching market.

It was reported Thursday that the former Bulls coach has had contact with the Timberwolves about their head coaching position, and now one sportsbook has listed as Thibodeau as the favorite to land the Knicks job as well.

Bookmaker listed Thibodeau as a +400 favorite, just ahead of Warriors assistant Luke Walton, who’s second at +490.

One source said Thibodeau, a former Knicks assistant, would “crawl to Madison Square Garden” for that job, while another said he would “kill for it.”

But it’s not like he’s Phil Jackson’s only option. Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis (+580), UConn coach Kevin Ollie (+850), former Thunder coach Scott Brooks (+850) and former Warriors coach Mark Jackson (+850) have the next best odds, according to Bookmaker.

Other notable names on the list include Knicks legend Patrick Ewing (+900), former Cavs coach David Blatt (+1200), Chicago native Isiah Thomas (+1750), former Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro (+1400) and even Jackson himself (+2000).

Kentucky’s John Calipari is a longshot at +2500.

Check out the entire list:

Tom Thibodeau +400

Luke Walton +490

Kurt Rambis +580

Kevin Ollie +850

Scott Brooks +850

Mark Jackson +850

Brian Shaw +860

Patrick Ewing +900

David Blatt +1200

Isiah Thomas +1750

Vinny Del Negro +1400

Phil Jackson +2000

John Calipari +2500


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