One league source told The Chronicle that many on the team were far more upset about Robinson being traded than with D’Angelo Russell getting dealt to Minnesota the next day. In addition to being a steadying locker-room presence, Robinson was an above-average defender who could knock down the open 3-pointer and find open driving lanes.
Gersson Rosas: “While we are disappointed for our team and our fans that our season is coming to an end, we understand and accept the league’s plan to move forward with 22 teams. It is important that we be a good teammate not only to the NBA, but to the other 29 teams to support the efforts to complete this season and prepare for next season in a healthy and safe manner.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
With that in mind, we reached out to one current NBA coach and one former NBA coach to gauge their thoughts on some Knicks candidates. Below are their thoughts on how Tom Thibodeau would fit in New York… SCHEMES… “He’s an elite defensive coach. There’s no question. Those guys will be playing hard for him and, if they follow his scheme, they’ll defend the pick-and-roll well. They’ll take away drives and control the paint. His schemes are excellent, but as we saw in Minnesota, the schemes alone can’t offset lack of effort from players or subpar defenders. I think RJ Barrett has the frame and athleticism to be a talented defender. Mitchell Robinson has a ton of upside on that end as a shot-blocker. Tom should be able to get the best out of those two and whoever else they put on the court.”
Storyline: Knicks Coaching Search

If the Knicks decide on Tom Thibodeau as their next head coach, he will have plenty of time to construct a solid staff. But the former Knicks assistant may not need much time. Members of Thibodeau’s past staffs in Chicago and Minnesota are likely eager to join him in New York to revive the dead Knicks, according to sources.
Storyline: Knicks Coaching Search
If the Knicks decide on Tom Thibodeau as their next head coach, he will have plenty of time to construct a solid staff. But the former Knicks assistant may not need much time. Members of Thibodeau’s past staffs in Chicago and Minnesota are likely eager to join him in New York to revive the dead Knicks, according to sources.
Storyline: Knicks Coaching Search
The Wolves held a team video conference on Wednesday to discuss the issue. Rosas brought in Tru Pettigrew, a public speaker specializing in helping organizations bridge racial and cultural divides, to help the players process their feelings and understand how to confront the issues. “It’s a terrible act that should be condemned,” Rosas said. “It’s up to all of us to work through those feelings, through those emotions and not only help ourselves but help our players, help our staff, help our organization really position themselves to respond accordingly.”
Taylor, 79, is a Minnesota native who says there needs to be improvement in how police handle and interact with people of color, but he says it should also extend beyond the force. “I don’t think it’s just law enforcement that we need to worry about. That’s one part of it. They’re in a position of power. But I just think in general, for our whole community, we have to have a better understanding of others’ needs, their concerns, their culture. We need to do a better job,” Taylor told Yahoo Sports. “And it’s easy for me to see that because I was raised in a small rural community and my life has changed so much and I have so many different friends that one has to be open to other people and their needs.”
Across all those NBA trips he had taken as a young man with his father, Flip, all those years as a University of Minnesota player, a professional assistant and, now, coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ryan Saunders never considered the stresses attached to a grown man leaving his hotel for a run through a different city. After George Floyd died in police custody this week in Minneapolis, Saunders listened to one of his African American colleagues describe how he must consider the possibility that fastening a cellphone to his side could give someone justification to believe he’s reaching for a gun.
“Waist or armband?” Saunders told ESPN on Wednesday night. “I never knew that was a thing. I do now.” Yes, this was the conversation Saunders wanted to start with his Timberwolves. This has long been his town, his team, and Saunders wanted his players and staff to understand that he needed to be more than another white Minnesotan — another white American — on Instagram simply sickened by the killing of a defenseless black man.
“I am a white male in a position of leadership, and I don’t take lightly the fact that I have not experienced some of these things that our individual guys have had to experience,” Saunders told ESPN. “So I wanted to make sure we were listeners, that we could become more educated as people completely inexperienced in never getting the benefit of the doubt. I grew up in Minnesota and this hasn’t been sitting well with me for the past two days. Sometimes the silence can be deafening too. When we’re given opportunity to speak on what’s right, I think it’s important to do that.”
“There were three other cops,” Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley told ESPN later. “Why weren’t they helping him?” Beasley, 23, and his girlfriend, Montana, have a story to tell too. She’s of Asian descent and wore a mask in public from the beginning of the pandemic in the United States. “People were looking at us weird,” Beasley said. “They were giving her the look, like, “Did you bring the virus here? “It was really strange, and we did our best to stay in the house. We wanted to stay out of people’s way with everyone on edge.”
Former NBA player Devean George has been developing North Minneapolis for years. Now he has a partner familiar to Timberwolves fans: Kevin Garnett. George, Garnett and a South Carolina real estate firm, Chamire Holdings, are close to purchasing three vacant lots from the city at the northwest corner of Golden Valley Road and Penn Avenue North. The lots will be combined with three others that George’s company, Wayzata-based George Group North, already owns on the west side of the block. The team plans to build a 64-unit apartment complex, with 10 units for those making 50 percent of the area’s median income and 54 for those making 60 percent of the area’s median income. The project would cost $15.1 million, said City Senior Project Coordinator Tiffany Glasper.

A point Cuban emphasizes is that all but two teams — the exceptions being the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors — would have a mathematical possibility of qualifying for the postseason under his proposal. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks, the teams at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, are four games behind the 10th-place Charlotte Hornets. “It’s fair. It’s entertaining,” Cuban told ESPN.
On May 20 every year, Malik’s wife, Lisa Sealy, marks the solemn occasion by “remembering to breathe.” Ann simply tries to get through the day. Amir Sealy celebrates his brother by thinking of the good times they had. Twenty years ago Wednesday, Sealy was driving home from Kevin Garnett’s 24th birthday in St. Louis Park, Minn., when his car was hit by a pickup truck going the wrong way on a divided highway. Souksangouane Phengsene, the truck’s driver, was intoxicated and served four years in prison. By the early morning hours, the Timberwolves had found out the grim news: Sealy was gone.