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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Wolves coach Ryan Saunders not in danger of being fired

Minnesota Timberwolves

The Minnesota Timberwolves are having a season from hell, but their head coach appears to be safe for now.

Speaking this week with Sid Hartman of The Star Tribune, Wolves owner Glen Taylor said that coach Ryan Saunders is not in danger of being fired.

“No, no, no, he is hired,” said Taylor. “A young guy and he is going to get better as time goes on and we just have to give him that time.”

“[Saunders] is excited about this change that now he has guys that can play the kind of basketball he wants,” Taylor continued. “He is really a believer in the three-point shot, moving the ball fast, and getting up and down the court. He needed some players that were better three-point shooters than what we had previously.”

Saunders, the son of late Wolves coach Flip Saunders, is in his first full season as coach of the team and is currently the youngest head coach in the NBA at 33 years old. The team is just 16-37 on the year though with 16 losses in their last 18 games.

Minnesota did add a number of quality players at the trade deadline (such as D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, and James Johnson), so Saunders, who seems to relate well to his players, will have some leeway to figure things out.

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