Ryan Saunders Rumors
With training camp set to begin this week, Wolves president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau made official some changes to his staff and announced extensive additions to the basketball operations staff. First, the coaches: The Wolves officially announced the additions of Andy Greer and Rick Brunson as assistant coaches, announced the addition of Peter Patton as shooting coach and the promotion of Vince Legarza to player development coach. Ryan Saunders – who coached the Wolves summer league entry – will be retained and Daisuke Yoshimoto will be the special assistant to Thibodeau.
Saunders’ position on the staff appeared to be in limbo when the Wolves relieved interim coach Sam Mitchell of his duties at the end of the season and hired Tom Thibodeau as head coach and president of basketball operations in April. The Wolves announced in May that many members of the front office and assistant coach Sidney Lowe would not be retained. Yet Saunders is still around. Saunders said he treated that time of uncertainly like he treats anything in life. “You just take things day by day and do the best you can with them and you do something until somebody tells you you don’t do it anymore,” Saunders said. “So that’s my approach. … I grew up in this business, I understand how things go.”
Saunders continues to aid in the development of Minnesota’s young talent, even coaching the Wolves’ Summer League team that finished second in Las Vegas in July. Saunders said he is “very thankful” to be a part of the building process in Minnesota. “Minnesota is home for me,” he said, “and there’s always something special (here).”