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MINNEAPOLIS - As a minority owner, team president and coach of the Minnesota Timberwo
20.07.2018, 06:50
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MINNEAPOLIS - As a minority owner, team president and coach of the Minnesota Timberwo
MINNEAPOLIS - As a minority owner, team president and coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Flip Saunders holds as much power in one organization as any person in the NBA. Jae Crowder Jazz Jersey .What sounds like the ideal situation for a person who is confident in his abilities to evaluate talent, build a roster and develop young players into difference-making professionals can have its downside, and Saunders hit that in the early morning hours on Thursday after his team allowed the Philadelphia 76ers snap a 17-game losing streak on Minnesotas home court.I went to bed this morning at 5:30, a heavy-eyed Saunders said after practice Thursday. From 12 oclock to 1:30, the owner says what the heck is the president doing getting these guys on the team? From 1:30 to 3, the president says what the hell is the coach doing not getting these guys to play harder? And then from 3:30 to 5:30 the coach is getting down on the players. So that was my night last night.More sleepless nights could be right around the corner.The Timberwolves are 4-13, the worst record in the West, and face a gauntlet of conference opponents over the next week with Houston, San Antonio, Portland, Golden State and fully loaded Oklahoma City on the schedule. Those five teams started Thursday with a 61-28 record, which includes the Thunders 5-13 record amassed mostly without stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, who are healthy now.And the Wolves most certainly are not.Starters Ricky Rubio (ankle), Nikola Pekovic (foot, wrist) and Kevin Martin (wrist) are all out for the long haul and point guard Mo Williams (back) and sixth man Shabazz Muhammad (ankle) are listed as questionable for the game against the Rockets on Friday night. Saunders said Rubio and Martin wont be back before the new year and Pekovic and backup big man Ronny Turiaf (hip) wont be able to suit up for at least another 10 days.The injuries have left Saunders with a roster relying primarily on rookies Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine and second-year men Gorgui Dieng and Anthony Bennett, and the results have been predictably bumpy. The Wolves have won just twice since Rubio went down in the first half of a game against Orlando on Nov. 7.And they hit rock bottom in an 85-77 loss to the Sixers (1-17), who would have tied the record for worst start to an NBA season had the Wolves not shot 36 per cent and turned the ball over 19 times against a team seemingly built to lose games.Were not a very good team right now, Saunders lamented after the game. Weve all got to get better. Everybody. Weve got to work with our guys more to get them to do what we need to do.Even after the Wolves traded All-Star Kevin Love to Cleveland in the summer, there was a belief internally that they had the right mix of reliable veterans and dynamic youngsters to be competitive this season. It looked that way early, with close losses to the Grizzlies and Bulls and victories over Brooklyn and Detroit in the first four games.Then the injuries started piling up, and suddenly Saunders was forced to play that young players far bigger minutes and rely on them for more of the scoring load than he ever believed he would have to so early. Its also reduced his ability to hold players accountable by taking away playing time because he simply doesnt have the bodies to take that approach.It might get uglier before it gets better because were so undermanned that some guys have to play, Saunders said. And theyre playing and theyre making mistakes.As the game against the Sixers slipped away, Saunders could see his young team tightening up, not wanting to become the answer to a trivia question.Its tough, Wiggins said after the game. Thats going to be on everyones mind, on the whole team, for a long time now. No team wanted to be that team.The Wolves are that team. And no one is coming to save them.It can be frustrating for fans and it can be frustrating for the coach and everyone else, Saunders said. But I do understand what we are trying to do. And I do believe this: Well have a pretty good understanding when this season is done on what players are going to be here that we can move forward with and what players we cant move forward with. Pete Maravich Jazz Jersey . Nick Young scored 17 points for Los Angeles, which lost five of its last seven before trouncing the Pelicans, who beat them handily last week in New Orleans. Jodie Meeks and Xavier Henry scored 15 points apiece for the Lakers, who led by 20 points in the first half before coasting to their 12th win in their last 13 regular-season meetings with New Orleans. Jonas Jerebko Jazz Jersey . 1 and reigning champion Caroline Wozniacki was among Thursdays third-round winners, while second- seeded Victoria Azarenka pulled out of the draw at the $4. . A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the Steelers will part ways with the former Pro Bowler, a move that hardly serves as a surprise after fifth-year linebacker Jason Worilds agreed to accept a "transition player" tag last week.ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - The Denver Broncos have shuffled their thin backfield on the eve of their showdown with the Miami Dolphins. They promoted Jeremy Stewart from their practice squad and waived rookie Kapri Bibbs.Stewart gives the Broncos backfield more experience with Ronnie Hillman (foot) and Montee Ball (groin) sidelined.The other two running backs are second-year pro C.J. Anderson and rookie Juwan Thompson.Stewaart is a third-year pro from Cal who appeared in 17 games during his first two NFL seasons in Oakland. John Stockton Jersey. The Broncos signed him to their practice squad Oct. 8.Stewart has one career TD run on 27 carries for 103 yards and 10 catches for 68 yards. He also plays special teams and owns a 17.3-yard average on eight kickoff returns.___AP NFL website: and White NFL Jerseys Cheap Youth NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Stitched NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Discount Jerseys ' ' '
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