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Wolves hire Chris Finch as coach, after firing Ryan Saunders – Washington, District of Columbia

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Minneapolis (AP) — The 10th Minnesota Timberwolves has joined the new head coach in the last 15 years. …

Minneapolis (AP) — The 10th Minnesota Timberwolves has joined the new head coach in the last 15 years.

Toronto assistant Chris Finch was introduced on Monday to replace Ryan Saunders, who was fired the night before, leaving the NBA’s worst record.

“I can’t wait to get to work because of the great work,” Finch said in a statement distributed by Timberwolves before he was scheduled to meet the team in Milwaukee before playing in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Said.

On the bench, basketball business president Gersson Rosas made changes to the 51-year-old Finch, who was in his first season with the Raptors. They worked together in Houston. There Finch was an assistant (2011-16) and Rosas was a basketball operations executive.

“He is one of the NBA’s most creative basketball minds and has succeeded in maximizing players. We look forward to seeing him take our team to the next level and above. “Rosas said.

Finch has 24 years of coaching experience, about half that of Europe. Two-time NCAA Division III All-American at Franklin & Marshall University in Pennsylvania played for the British Basketball League’s Shefield Sharks and then led the same team from 1997 to 2003. Finch also led the British national team at the 2012 Olympics.

His domestic experience began with what is now known as the G League and won the 2010 Coach of the Year award at the champion Rio Grande Valley. After spending six seasons at the Rockets, Finch spent a year as an assistant in Denver and three years in New Orleans. Considered one of the league’s most aggressive strategists, Finch has helped star coaches such as Nikola Jokić, Zion Williamson and James Harden throughout his career.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said Monday that the deal with Finch was signed in about 36 hours. He knew that Sunday’s team match against Philadelphia would be Finch’s final match, just about three months after the club. Finch was hired on behalf of Nate Björkren. Nate Björkren left the nurse staff this fall to become the head coach of Indiana.

“I’ve always thought it was my job to try to get people to maximize their career ambitions,” said Nurse. “If I didn’t really believe in them, I wouldn’t think they were here in the first place.”

Mid-season transfers from one team’s staff to another are rare and are a clear sign that Rosas had his former colleague in mind for some time. But it’s not uncommon for Timberwolves to switch head coaches in a constant struggle.

Sanders became 43-94 after taking over tentatively on January 6, 2019, when Tom Thibodeau was fired. When Rosas was hired to run a front office four months later, he kept Sanders as a full-time coach, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, 34-year-old Sanders had a full season. It was.

Injuries, trades, and the COVID-19 protocol that shuffled and diluted the roster seemed to be insurmountable obstacles to Sanders’ success, but it was too common for late-game leads to be blown away. Timberwolves are 1-6 after recovering from COVID-19 since Star Karl-Anthony Towns recently returned. Their last match under Sanders was defeated by Thibodeau and the New York Knicks on Sunday night.

Sanders is the son of the late Flip Saunders, the strongest coach in team history, and the only coach to take the Timberwolves team to the playoffs, in addition to Timberwaud (2018). Ryan Sounders is ranked 7th out of 13 on the woebegone franchise’s highest winning percentage list, ahead of Bill Musselman, Randy Wittman, Bill Blair, Sidney Lowe, Kurt Rambis and Jimmie Rodgers. I am.

Only Flip Saunders, who re-employed in the 1995-2005 and 2014-15 seasons, has held this position for more than three years in the club’s 32 season history.

After losing to Knicks and before Sanders was fired, Towns told reporters that he wanted the franchise to stabilize, which had been rare in the league for more than 30 years.

“I want to build my heritage here, so I want to beat the wolves, and step by step, brick by brick, I’ll do everything I can to keep building a culture. For a long time here To stand in, “Towns said.

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