This Sunday evening, the Minnesota Timberwolves decided to part ways with their coach Ryan Saunders. His replacement could be Chris Finch.
Two months after the start of the NBA regular season, Minnesota is already separating from its current coach. Indeed, the Timberwolves will no longer be coached by Ryan Saunders, who was thus dismissed. An announcement made just after the defeat of the franchise based in Minneapolis in the United States, on the side of Madison Square Garden in New York against the Knicks of the former coach of the Timberwolves, namely Tom Thibodeau (103-99), this Sunday evening.
A timing that surprised many across the Atlantic, insofar as this announcement came after an away meeting. Saunders, who had just taken over from “Thibs” in January 2019, would already have a replacement found and it would be Chris Finch. The latter currently occupies the position of assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors. There again, the rumor of a contact between the two parties also made talk.
– Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 22, 2021
Soon a 14th coach in 32 years
Indeed, legally, such discussions cannot take place without a formal request from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Toronto Raptors. The Minnesota Timberwolves have a not-so-glorious reputation and are even considered the worst franchise in NBA history. The decision comes as the Minneapolis team has an unflattering record since the start of the regular season of 24 losses in 31 games already played, with a particularly low winning percentage and not exceeding 35% in both. Ryan Saunders’ first seasons. The latter is none other than the son of Flip, who died in 2015 from cancer while still the coach of the Timberwolves, the only one to have really had success with this franchise., with, at the end of the day, a total of eight consecutive qualifiers in the play-offs, not to mention a conference final played in 2004. If the arrival of Finch was confirmed, then he would already become the 14th coach of the franchise, in 32 years.