Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Jimmy Butler, who has pressed the team to trade him, had a message for his teammates ahead of their season-opening loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night; Don’t worry about head coach Tom Thibodeau.
“Don’t worry about Thibs. I got him.” Butler said, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. “Just hoop, I told them, and I think that I can get Thibs to relax a little bit.”
“He’s never going to say anything about offense as long as you go down there and play with effort on the defensive end and get a couple stops,” Butler continued. “It’s whenever you’re not getting stops when he starts yelling.”
“I think Thibs has calmed down a lot, and guys are playing with effort. It’s never about offense. We’re always going to score enough points. It’s all about getting stops.”
Minnesota struggled during the preseason and Karl-Anthony Towns had a dreadful opening night, but Butler wants his coach to let his guys play, and chill out a bit.
“Thibs didn’t exert as much energy as he always does the past few weeks,h e needs to do that more: Sit down, take the load off and trust your guys to get a W.”
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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