Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor isn’t going to let all the drama surrounding the current fiasco involving star forward Jimmy Butler, who is strong arming his way out of town via trade, force his hand in selling the team.
Instead, Taylor is firmly staying the course.
“No, no, we will get through this,” Taylor proclaimed, during an interview with The Star Tribune. “The changes we have to make, we will get through this. I’ll just keep working and doing the best I can on it to keep our team very competitive.”
Taylor says that the team is instead focusing on their goal of earning a playoff berth in a competitive Western Conference field.
“I think that we have probably pretty well already sold the [season] tickets,” Taylor said. “I just think a lot of people are concerned as to how this will affect the team, and I understand that. That is why if we’re going to do a trade, it’s important that we do a trade that helps our team and keeps us competitive.”
Timberwolves Launch Search for a President Of Basketball Operations
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.”
Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Feels ‘Lucky to Be Alive’ After Car Accident
Minnesota Timberwolves superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns says that he feels “lucky to be alive” after he was involved in a car accident that has forced him to miss the past two games.
“The accident could have went — I’d say I had a 5 percent chance of making it out alive,” Towns said, according to ESPN. “I hit the 5 percent mark. I’d say 4 percent was to be seriously injured, and 1 percent was to be minorly injured — and I came out in the 1 percent.”
Towns said he was in a Hyundai Sante Fe was hit by a semi-truck after Towns’ car came to a complete stop to avoid an accident.
“It could have been much worse,” Towns said. “In all honesty, I probably should not have made it out like I did.”
Timberwolves’ Glen Taylor Happy with Ryan Saunders
But, with the early success of interim head coach Ryan Saunders, Taylor is happy to stick to the current course, despite having a conversation with Hoiberg following his dismissal from the Bulls.
“We spent time on (Chicago) and what he wanted to do in the future,” Taylor said of his discussion with Hoiberg, according to Danny Lawhon of The Des Moines Register.
“We had already made up our mind on Ryan, because Ryan has worked with these players, been there all year. That was the easiest way to make the transition.”
Hoiberg has ties to the organization, having played two seasons in Minnesota and also served in the team’s front office following his retirement.
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