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 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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