Gersson Rosas Rumors

Sikka, a former anesthesiologist with a deep background in researching sports injuries, was hired by Gersson Rosas last summer as part of his goal to prioritize player health and wellness. Seven months later, Sikka’s presence in the front office has been integral to helping the Timberwolves identify the potential issues with coronavirus and put together a plan to help their players and staff get through one of the biggest challenges this generation has faced. “He’s done an unbelievable job of not only warning us and getting our attention, but breaking it down to levels where players can digest it and … staff can digest it, but more importantly they can act on it,” Rosas said.
“I told every one of the players the week before the whole thing with Rudy Gobert broke that this will be your 9/11,” Sikka said. “This will be the event that defines your young adult life. “I remember where I was when the World Trade Center was hit. These guys are going to remember where they were when they found out about Rudy. They’re going to remember where they were when the found out the season being postponed, when the tournament got canceled. All that is going to be with them for the rest of their life.”
On March 4 when Timberwolves hosted the Bulls at Target Center, the Timberwolves hosted a Noches ENE-BE-A night. It’s a night and program that seeks to commemorate NBA fans and players across Latin American and U.S. Hispanic communities. Prior to the game, Rosas hosted a “chalk-talk” with 150-plus people from Hispanic and Latinx serving organizations hosted in the theater at the team’s offices. Rosas told his story. How he grew up in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to Houston when he was three years old. It wasn’t long before Rosas knew what he wanted to do.
When Rosas was eight years old, he was reading newspapers and watching SportsCenter. When he was 11, he knew he wanted to be a GM of an NBA team. Talk about having goals. Rosas talked about his journey to where he is now. We did a lengthier piece on that here. His message, though, was less about him and more about the people that he represented. “We’re divided by nationalities when we are the same in a lot of ways,” Rosas said. “We lose power by not coming together.”
One of Rosas’ responses came after the Wolves beat Miami 129-126 on Wednesday. “Tank that!” Rosas wrote on Twitter. But he elaborated in a recent conversation with the Star Tribune on why he thought that notion was unfair, why the team rested Russell and how he feels about the job coach Ryan Saunders is doing. “I wouldn’t say it gets under my skin, but it’s just disappointing when you don’t have all the facts,” Rosas said of the tanking accusations. “The reality is if individuals knew what was going on behind the scenes, how hard our coaches are working, our players are working — that’s the disappointing part because I think it’s disrespectful to them and what they’re putting in.”
The BlackBerry development, though, undeniably stung. Rosas, you see, is one of four lead decision makers for N.B.A. teams known to still do the bulk of their business on a BlackBerry. Rosas, Houston’s Daryl Morey, Oklahoma City’s Sam Presti and Toronto’s Masai Ujiri compose the confirmed quartet. Milt Newton, Milwaukee’s assistant general manager, is another Blackberry devotee. Perhaps more will become known after this article hits, but Rosas described the adherents as “a small community.” BlackBerry stopped producing its own phones in 2016 but had a licensing agreement with a Chinese company (TCL Corporation) to keep making them, which led to the KEYone model in February 2017 and the KEY2 in June 2018. According to the Feb. 3 announcement, no new phones will be released through TCL after Aug. 31.