Timberwolves Coach Ryan Saunders Among Youngest in NBA History

Timberwolves Coach Ryan Saunders Among Youngest in NBA History

Fred Hoiberg's name was linked to the Minnesota Timberwolves coaching job long before Tom Thibodeau was even fired.

And Saunders, the son of the late Timberwolves coaching legend Flip Saunders, will be the leader players look to make that run happen. "There was also just bubbling frustration over the last few years of Thibodeau's tenure here, and it kind of all came to a head, I think, over the last month".

As for the recent pair of wins, Taylor noted the Wolves were expected to win those games, and that the decision wasn't based on just one performance.

"The end result is that we think we just lost a bunch of games that we thought we had the better team on the floor", Taylor said. We've got a good group of people that make things a lot easier... "I guess Taylor did not like the direction things were heading and decided to make a change now". "I jinxed that badly", Towns said Monday, after the Timberwolves (19-21) gathered for their first practice without Thibodeau's familiar, gravelly voice leading the drills.

Ryan Saunders will serve as the team's interim coach while Scott Layden will remain in his role as general manager.

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The Tom Thibodeau era for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves is over.

Thibodeau was also the head coach of the Bulls from 2011-15, where he compiled a 255-139 record.

Thibodeau entered the season on the hot seat, which is why he was desperately trying to keep Jimmy Butler rather than trade him.

Taylor is seriously considering Hoiberg as the next general manager or head coach of the franchise, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"You really don't get much sleep, getting thrown into this thing", Saunders said Tuesday morning, January 8, at the Timberwolves' shootaround.