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VIDEO: Blazers’ Damian Lillard Targeted With Slurs by Fans After Timberwolves Game

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Portland Trailblazers’ guard Damian Lillard was on the receiving end of anti-gay slurs outside of the arena after Portland’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

The incident occurred as Lillard was walking to the team bus following the game.

“I don’t bother nobody,” Lillard said to ESPN. “They were straight disrespectful.”

Upon hearing the slurs Lillard walked over to the fans and demanded to know who was saying them. A video captured his doing so.

You can see the video below:

Lillard finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists in the loss.

“We had a lead,” Lillard said of the loss and the Blazers blown lead.

“I think, on our part, that was the main thing is the (17) turnovers. But when you get away with a lot of that stuff, maybe those get cut in half if you’re not allowed to grab and all that stuff. Half of those things may not happen. Maybe we’ve just got to be stronger with the ball and make smarter plays.

At crucial moments, we’re making plays and trying to score and guys getting hit, guys literally out there grabbing my arms. I got hit in the face one time, and it’s like in shooting motion. It’s a clear, easy play, and it’s impacting the game.”

 

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Timberwolves Sign Ryan Saunders to Multiyear Contract

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are making sure that their new head coach is sticking around for a long time.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Wolves have agreed to a multi-year contract with Ryan Saunders to stay in his newly minted head coaching role for the long-term.

Saunders took over in Minnesota after Tom Thibodeau was fired, becoming the youngest head coach in the league at age 32, posting a 17-25 record following his taking over.

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Timberwolves’ Ryan Saunders Expected to Become Permanent Head Coach

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Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over the helm when the team fired Tom Thibodeau, is expected to become the team’s permanent head coach, shedding the interim tag.

According to Britt Robson of The Athletic, Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor has already implemented changes in the organization following what proved to be a taxing and tumultuous season, but Saunders won’t be among any widespread changes.

Saunders led the team to a 17-25 record during his 42 game stint with the team.

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Timberwolves Launch Search for a President Of Basketball Operations

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have launched an official search for a new President of Basketball Operations to replace the departed Tom Thibodeau, who was fired as head coach and president during the regular season.

The team made the announcement regarding the search via an official press release.

“In the absence of Tom, I want to thank all who picked up his responsibilities this past year,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “… They worked through a season with many injuries requiring many challenges in our player lineup. We are incredibly grateful to them for all of their hard work and commitment to the franchise.

“The future of the Minnesota Timberwolves continues to be very bright,” Taylor continued.

“It’s more important than ever that we find a leader who can build a successful team in today’s fast-paced NBA. We have the cornerstones of a very talented team and need to assemble the final pieces that will elevate us into a playoff team and one that can compete for championships.”

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