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’ 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.
Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Discusses Ryan Saunders’ Coaching Debut
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over after the firing of Tom Thibodeau, made history with a shocking win in his debut, but also impressed his team in the process.
Wolves’ big man Karl-Anthony Towns spoke about Saunders following Minnesota’s win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“He showed his whole coaching repertoire tonight,” Towns said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “…He stayed as composed as anybody tonight. Gave us positive energy. Kept telling us to fight and kept making the right moves. He was playing chess the whole night and came out with checkmate.”
Timberwolves’ Jeff Teague Out Additional 7-10 Days
Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague will miss an additional 7-10 days due to a lingering ankle injury, the same one that has kept him out of the past 2 games.
Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau announced the update on Teague’s status on Friday, according to Wolvers radio commentator Alan Horton.
Derrick Rose will continue to play Teague’s minutes until he is able to return.
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