The Minnesota Timberwells currently have the worst record in the NBA at 7-24, a combination of youth, injuries and injuries in the absence of superstar Karl-Anthony Towns and a serious fight with the COVID-19. Still, for the team entering the season with the least hope to be a part of the play-in picture in the Western Conference, it has been a disappointing start to the season.
On Sunday, the Volves were unable to make a comeback against the New York Knicks, dropping their fourth straight game and, after a 103–99 loss, the team apparently decided that Ryan Saunders’ coaching stint would end.
News: @Timberwells Release Ryan Saunders from his duties
Full Released: https: //t.co/FBS7qNr56u
– Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) 22 February, 2021
Saunders, the son of veteran former Wolves coach Flip Saunders, went 43-94 in his three seasons at the Timberweats (none of which were full seasons for various reasons) as he fired Tom Thibodo in January 2019. The 34-year-old Saunders was the youngest coach in the NBA and despite his strong connection to his star at Karl-Anthony Towns, Wolves was never able to do all this under his guidance.
It was clearly not a decision that the Timberweels made abruptly, as word surfaced soon after news of Saunders being fired that he would replace Raptors assistant Chris Finch not as interim head coach, but as his full-time coach Will keep for long time. Deal.
Sources said Chris Finch is becoming the new Timberwash head coach on a full-time basis, not the interim. The Timberweats fired Ryan Saunders tonight following a loss to the Knights in New York. https://t.co/HFVdycuEUv
– Shams Charania (@shamschrania) 22 February, 2021
The Timberwells sought the Raptors’ permission on assistant coach Chris Finch and are moving forward on appointing him as head coach to replace Ryan Saunders, sources tell ESPN.
– Adrian Wojrowski (@wojespn) 22 February, 2021
It is extremely rare for a coach to have Middensen fired and already hired from a different team, as this indicates that there has been momentum on the wheels for some time. Finch is the second Nick Nurse assistant hired for a head coaching job, joining Nats Bjorkgren of the Pacers as the Raptors bench quickly became one of the most iconic in the NBA.