Van Gundy did a good job early here, completely remaking a woeful team, with Andre Drummond the only inherited player remaining. But amid curious moves, shifting directions and key injuries, it has stalled. “I think Tom and I are totally on the same page,” Van Gundy said. “Our team’s playing hard, I like the guys we’ve had, some things have happened out of our control. But I’m not looking to make excuses. This business is about winning games, and we haven’t been doing enough of that. … I’ve been through this several times, but never this upfront and direct, and never with this kind of relationship with an owner. I have total respect for Tom. I love the way I’ve been treated here, but I also understand and respect Tom has to do what he thinks is best for the franchise.”
May 12, 2021 | 12:30 pm EDT Update
In Young’s first two years, the Hawks’ season was effectively over by now and the only intrigue surrounding the team was if it could increase its lottery odds. This is new territory for Young with just three games remaining amid the fight for the four seed.
“It’s more fun having something you’re pushing for and every game mean something,” Young said. “I think that’s what is making this more fun. Usually, at this point of the year, we’re just playing and trying to win a game but it’s not for anything at the end of the season. To actually be playing games and for it to mean something each game and each day is a lot better for sure.”
May 12, 2021 | 12:17 pm EDT Update
Rodriguez and Lore emerged recently as the likely next owners of the NBA’s Timberwolves. The deal, which is expected to include the Minnesota Lynx WNBA team, may be valued at about $1.5 billion, ESPN has reported, with Rodriguez and Lore initially joining as limited partners.
But their 30-day exclusive negotiating window to purchase the team from Glen Taylor ended without a formal deal and the two sides continue to negotiate, ESPN reported Tuesday. Lore told Bloomberg that the talks with Taylor are “ongoing, and going well,” adding that “we’re getting close to the finish line.”