Luis Scola: Our generation was not something that was c…

Luis Scola: Our generation was not something that was created by a program. It was just something that happened. I don’t know if we’re ever going to get another Manu. The Manus, the Andrés Nocionis, the Pablo Prigionis, we never got those guys in the history of our country. To think that we’re going to do that back-to-back to back-to-back, how realistic is that for us to think that way? I wish. The programs that are continuously feeding the N.B.A. with players — Serbia, Lithuania, France, Spain — when somebody leaves, somebody else is already pushing them out. We didn’t have that, and that’s what we need to build: some type of program for the 20 years to come.
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September 22, 2021 | 11:13 pm EDT Update
The Timberwolves named executive vice president of basketball operations Sachin Gupta as their new overseer of basketball operations, making him the first person of Indian origin to run a franchise’s basketball operations. Minnesota is expected to have a full search process, but team officials are fond of Gupta and will provide him a chance in the No. 1 role, sources said.
Some of the issues were exacerbated this summer when Rosas and Gupta butted heads over Rosas’ decision to block Gupta from making a lateral move to the Houston Rockets with increased pay, sources said. Rosas said the timing of the request, coming right before the draft and free agency, made it impossible for the Timberwolves to let someone with as much proprietary knowledge of the team’s plans go to a competitor. The tension between Rosas and Gupta only grew later in August when Rosas banished Gupta from the team’s offices and granted him permission to seek employment elsewhere, according to sources. The issue was resolved in early September after ownership got involved and Gupta decided to stay.
One person who said he had no qualms with how Rosas led and thought there was a collaborative environment did say that the overall vibe in the front office was tense. Some of that, he believed, was due to the disenchantment of other members of the staff, but he also believed the pandemic played a role. “It is not a root cause, but it’s an accelerant,” the source said in August just before the staff left for vacation. “It’s not the spark that lit the flame, but it’s something that makes the flame burn hotter. We haven’t had a day off in basically two years.”
Storyline: Minnesota Timberwolves Turmoil