Ryan Saunders Rumors
Alan Horton: Derrick Rose with some good insight into how things have changed under Ryan Saunders… “He’s made things very simple for us on the floor, modifying the offense and defense a little bit so that guys aren’t thinking too much and I think it’s helping. He’s given us a little more freedom, for the young guys to grow and the older guys to have a voice. He wants that input. He’s gonna call you to his room for meetings. He’s very, very approachable, let me just say that, he’s great.”
Ryan Saunders and players did their best to stick to a “just another game” story line. “Jimmy is a great player and he’s been a great player for a long time, so we’re obviously appreciative of what he did — especially with helping us last year,” Saunders said. “But we’re also obviously very happy with what we got in return with everything. We’re looking forward and not looking back.”
Like any business that necessarily operates like a fraternity, there is a fair share of nepotism in the NBA coaching and front-office ranks, and it is easy for rank-and-file players and coaches to withhold respect from, or outright disparage, those who benefit from it. But the time that Ryan joyously logged abetting the development of all the players — scrubs, starters, vets and rookies — earned him enough warm respect to make a sterling first impression during this sudden job audition, for which, in some important respects, he clearly is not yet fully qualified.