News came down on Thursday that Wolves’ POBO Flip Saunders would name himself the Wolves’ new head coach. The move will be made official today at a 1 p.m. press conference.
Yes, it’s something that many saw coming and predicted back in April when Rick Adelman retired, if not last summer when Saunders assumed the front office role previously held by David Kahn. Of course, the word is that owner Glen Taylor allegedly did not want this to be the outcome, and there’s a legitimate chance that Saunders convinced his boss that this is a temporary solution, for one or maybe two seasons.
Alas, we’re still working back through time. Former Wolves’ player and coach Sidney Lowe is rumored to be joining the staff, along with former Wolves’ player and head coaching candidate Sam Mitchell. Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 keeps throwing international coaching superstar David Blatt’s name out there as a choice for top assistant, but Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is heavily raining on that parade.
Blatt would certainly be a step in the right direction. At the link above, Wolfson also mentions current Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups as a possibility for the staff, which would be intriguing and another potential “coach-in-waiting”. The idea of Billups working with Ricky Rubio on a daily basis should also be exciting for Wolves fans, as Billups would certainly have a thing or two to teach Rubio about scoring from the point guard position.
Among interesting reads surrounding the appointment of Saunders as head coach are Zach Lowe of Grantland and Steve Aschburner at NBA.com. The sentiment seems to be the same among most folks with opinions on the situation: Love still wants out, Saunders will try and convince him otherwise, and unless the Wolves are bowled over by a “Godfather”-type offer for their superstar, Flip will ride out the 2014-15 season with Love in tow and hope that the ship gets turned around.
Most national pundits argue that the relationship between Love and the Wolves is beyond repair, and that may be true. But that doesn’t mean that Flip won’t try.
Tune into the press conference on Timberwolves.com at 1 p.m. this afternoon. It’ll be….fun? Entertaining, certainly. In a morbid sort of way, of course.
And thus begins the next chapter in the ongoing saga that is your Minnesota Timberwolves.