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"We had no idea we were going to take him in the first round," McHale, vice president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves, says. "I didn't even want to go see him. I thought it was a waste of time. Then we went, and Flip Saunders [then Minnesota's general manager] and I were in the car afterward, and we just looked at each other. I said, 'Wow, we're going to pick a high school kid in the first round.' It was that obvious. "This was our first draft. Flip and I were both new. Our owner was also new. How do you tell him that the first thing he's going to do is sign this high school kid? I think we figured if it went bad, we'd just say, 'Hey, it was our first draft. We didn't know what we were doing.'" Sports Illustrated

February 24, 2015 Updates

Minnesota was an early adopter of SportVU player tracking, installing cameras in the Target Center for the 2011-12 season in a project spearheaded by manager of basketball analytics Matt Bollero. But that effort predated Saunders' return to the Timberwolves organization. In particular, according to a source, Saunders eschews analytics in terms of game planning, and he favors inefficient shot distribution. Only the Washington Wizards -- Saunders' former team -- have a higher ratio of midrange attempts to 3-pointers. That's not a new trend. In Saunders' 17 seasons as an NBA head coach, only the 2005-06 Detroit Pistons attempted 3s at a rate higher than league average. ESPN.com

February 23, 2015 Updates

Garnett is expected to immediately become Cultural Minister of the Wolves. He's unofficially in charge of changing the attitude, the habits, the expectations of the young team. The locker room will become something like Father Flanagan's Boys Town -- home for wayward boys -- with Garnett starring in the title role. "He changed their culture," Saunders said of Garnett's time with the Boston Celtics. "Doc (Rivers) told me that. They had veteran players and everything else, but when he went in the locker room, the music was cut off and everything." St. Paul Pioneer Press

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