Jae Crowder Looks Back at Time Tom Thibodeau Challenged Him to Fight During Middle of Game

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On Saturday, it was reported that Tom Thibodeau landed a massive head-coaching deal with the New York Knicks.

While Miami Heat forward Jae Crowder congratulated Thibodeau on the new job, he made sure to cite an old video in which the coach cursed him out.

Crowder, 30, is not afraid to back down from anyone.

The pugnacious forward has stood up to opposing players and coaches during his career.

The incident between Crowder and Thibodeau took place in 2018. Crowder was a member of the Utah Jazz, while Thibodeau served as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

At the time, All-Star Jimmy Butler played for the Timberwolves. The journeyman and Thibodeau have a strong relationship, going back to their days together with the Chicago Bulls.

Ironically, Butler and Crowder now compete alongside each other in Miami.

The pair is looking to bring the Heat a title. The Heat are the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat resume the 2019-20 season against the Denver Nuggets on Aug. 1.

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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.