The Minnesota Timber Wolves Lost to New York Knicks On Sunday, it was relegated to the worst league 7-24 this season. That defeat turned into the straw that broke the camel’s back for management and the team It was announced shortly after the match They sacked coach Ryan Saunders.
What’s more, they already have a replacement lined up. Toronto Raptors Assistant Chris Finch is expected to appoint a new coach for them, to me Shams Hirsutism Athlete. A Wolves press release indicated that an official announcement would arrive on Monday.
Son of the late Philip Saunders, Ryan got his start in the NBA as an assistant at Washington Wizards He was on the bench in the capital from 2009-2014. He then took an assistant job with Timberwolves and was eventually appointed interim coach after Tom Thibodeau was fired in 2019. After that season, he signed a deal to take the job on a permanent basis, at 33 years the youngest coach in the league.
In just under two full seasons of matches, Timberwolves went 43-94 under the Saunders. They finished last season with the third worst record in the league – they finally won the lottery and took Anthony Edwards With overall selection # 1 in the NBA Draft 2020 – and he had his worst record so far this season before he was fired.
On some level, Saunders was stuck in an impossible situation. There was almost total disruption on the roster during his tenure, and he lost more matches due to injury than you can count on. when Cities of Carl Anthony He has only played 45 games in the past two seasons together, and there’s only so much you can do. However, with results like these, it comes as no surprise that the front office ultimately decided to go in a different direction.
They will now turn to Finch, the much-appreciated assistant Raptors who has been the front-runner for many jobs this season. Finch began his coaching career abroad in 1997 and has been on the bench in the NBA since 2011 when he was previously appointed. Houston Rockets. The head of Houston basketball operations at the time was Gerson Rosas, who now runs the Wolves front office.
Finch is highly regarded for his work on the offensive side of the ball, and Raptors coach Nick Norse has described him as “one of the best attacking minds in the NBA.” In an interview with The Athletic last year, Finch Note its affinity To play fast and try to be unexpected.
It would be interesting to see what he could do with the Wolves team who had so much talent but couldn’t put things together. Injuries are clearly a major warning here, but they are 28th in attack this season, with only 105.7 points per 100 possessions.