Glen Taylor Rumors
He impressed Wolves basketball boss Flip Saunders at both ends of the court with two pre-draft workouts and owner Glen Taylor with his polite manners and thoughtful answers during a visit with his father and agent to Minneapolis and the team’s new practice facility last weekend. That apparently finalized the team’s decision. The Wolves are the only team for which Towns worked out. “You know what, it’s almost like it’s fake, isn’t it?” Calipari asked. “It seems fake and it isn’t, I can tell you. I tell everybody: He’s one of the nicest kids, so intelligent, so smart. He is a real kind, nice soul and what you see is who he is, all the time.”: 2 more rumors
It looks like Flip Saunders will coach the Minnesota Timberwolves again next season. “I think so,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press. “I think he worked so hard last year with all those problems that he wants an opportunity to see if we are healthy, if we really have the team he thought he had.”
Landing the top pick in the draft may be a nice enticement for Saunders to want to remain in the coaching position, but Taylor says that this recent, exciting development won’t affect that decision. “It won’t change,” Taylor said of Saunders’ thought process. “I think that Flip will change if he sees somebody in the coaching ranks that he really respects, and thinks in the long run that they will be the right guy for this team, then I think he’ll make that decision.” “We’re sort of taking it one year at a time,” Taylor said with a laugh. “[We haven’t discussed] seven years from now.”
But something less expected happened afterwards, when Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor was non-committal about whether or not Flip Saunders would be coaching the team next season. “It’s not definite,” Taylor said, after pausing for a few seconds when asked specifically about Saunders returning as head coach. “But in my mind, with the effort that he put in this year to bring this team along, it’s probably 90 percent. If he sees somebody and he changes his mind, he certainly could convince me. I think eventually I want a different coach, and I want him to be the GM. My guess is that he’ll go another year.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves had the best odds – a 25% chance – of winning the top pick in the 2015 NBA draft lottery on Tuesday. And the Timberwolves ended the trend of the team with worst record not getting the No. 1 pick in the draft. It’s the first time since 2004 that the team with the worst record also got the No. 1 pick and just fifth time it has happened in 31 years. “It’s very exciting for me and for our fans,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said. “There’s going to be a lot of enthusiasm – who you’re going to pick and how you’re going to do that. And that’s a process that will start now.”
Glen Taylor believes Garnett could serve as a role model for Towns. “He was the first person that we drafted when we bought the team, and I just think that his ability to be there with these young guys is to motivate them and tell them how hard it is to work towards it and to get to the championship, which he has and we haven’t,” he said. “I think it will be a great thing.”
Glen Taylor: L.A. really wanted him. Well, I didn’t know if I wanted him in the West. I thought I was getting better players. I thought L.A could not give me the players that Boston did. The Lakers offered a package built around multi-skilled forward Lamar Odom and 19-year-old center Andrew Bynum, a promising second-year player who would eventually become an All-Star. Odom had a history of flaky behavior, however, and Bynum was unproven.
Jerry Zgoda: Tuesday’s draft lottery will be before Western finals Game 1, Warriors vs. Rockets/Clippers. NBA lists Glen Taylor as Wolves’ rep for Tuesday lottery, but he and Flip Saunders intend to send Taylor’s wife, Becky, on stage.
Maybe that’s a sad statement about a team that’s been around for more than a quarter-century, but Garnett was here for almost half those years and the numbers don’t lie. In KG’s 12 seasons with the Wolves, their record is 501-451 (.526). In all other years, their record is 313-791 (.260). He’s not the same player he once was, but his past impact cannot be overstated.
The contract extension Kevin Garnett, 38, will sign with the Timberwolves this summer will be for two years. During that period, Garnett and Wolves president-coach Flip Saunders are expected to try to form a group to buy the team from Glen Taylor.
“It means a lot to me to have Kevin Garnett back on our team,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “I have great respect for Kevin as a person and a player. He was the first player we drafted after I bought the team and we got to see him develop into one of the best players in the world. Like our fans, I’m excited to be able to watch Kevin in a Timberwolves uniform once again.”
Love said he hasn’t talked to Taylor since the trade, but said he had a telephone discussion with Saunders that gave both some closure, and he predicted he’d give Saunders, now the Wolves’ coach as well, a “big hug” and “we’ll be talking and laughing” and discussing where they’ll have lunch when Cleveland makes its only Target Center appearance this season Jan. 31.
When the Wolves announced those three new players at the Minnesota State Fair in August, Taylor questioned whether Love would accept being a third option behind James and Irving and wondered if the Cavaliers would demand Love play better defense than he did the Wolves. Love said he wasn’t hurt by Taylor’s typically blunt comments. “No, no, it was to the point where I knew I was getting traded and between the players he got, especially Wiggins, I thought he got a lot of value,” Love said. “Just sometimes you don’t press send and sometimes you do and wish you had it back.”
Baxter Holmes: Standing ovation from the crowd. Hugs at center court. Video tribute. Kobe presented with game ball from T-Wolves owner Glen Taylor.
Taylor’s Wolves haven’t been to the playoffs in 10 seasons. This is expected to be No. 11 in a row. “This year, knowing that I have (coach Flip Saunders), knowing we have some really good resources, I just understand we’re going to go through part of our growing process,” Taylor said. “For some reason, I’m more accepting of it. I haven’t found myself feeling terribly sad or terribly uncomfortable. I’m more patient.”
“This has been a long process and I am thrilled that we have reached an agreement,” said Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor. “We drafted Ricky over three years ago and had to wait two years for him to come over. He came to us with such high expectations and he immediately proved why we were so high on him. Unfortunately he got hurt at the end of his rookie season, but he has worked so hard to come back and we believe he has a long and successful career ahead of him. He’s a great foundation for our franchise and we’re very happy to keep Ricky here long term to work and grow with the young nucleus that we have.”
The Kevin Love trade that didn’t happen for the Warriors was revisited as training camp gets going, and from Minnesota’s perspective, the Warriors could have gotten the deal done before the star forward was sent to Cleveland. “Golden State we came fairly close, but they decided not to go ahead with the deal,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told NBA TV, adding that Minnesota wanted players back that would help them in the future. “And finally Cleveland said that they would give us three draft choices.”