FLIP SAUNDERS NEWS

Bennett, Hummel return for 'Wolves, Garnett still out

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Minnesota coach Flip Saunders says forwards Anthony Bennett and Robbie Hummel are returning to the lineup for Sunday afternoon's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, but that Kevin Garnett is sick and will miss his 12th straight game. Saunders says guard Ricky Rubio also will miss his sixth straight game with his left ankle injury. Saunders says he's hopeful Rubio...
Via AP on Fox
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Timberwolves: Should they tank?

Earlier this week the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Utah Jazz in overtime win, which was upsetting to Utah broadcast announcers who said that it was sad that the Jazz lost to a team that was clearly tanking for a better draft pick. This was very upsetting for Timberwolves head coach and team president Flip Saunders, who quickly called for the two men to be fired for their accusations...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders rips Jazz TV crew for T'Wolves tanking talk

By Steve DelVecchioThe Minnesota Timberwolves have not won many games this season. Their win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night was just their third in their last 14 tries. Despite the exciting overtime victory, T-Wolves coach Flip Saunders was in no mood to celebrate after the game.Instead, Saunders was annoyed by about 25 text messages he received informing him that the Jazz...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Flip Saunders rips Jazz TV crew for T'Wolves tanking talk

The Minnesota Timberwolves have not won many games this season. Their win over the Utah Jazz on Monday night was just their third in their last 14 tries. Despite the exciting overtime victory, T-Wolves coach Flip Saunders was in no mood to celebrate after the game. Instead, Saunders was annoyed by about 25 text messages...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Timberwolves-Jazz Preview

Although the Utah Jazz have boasted the NBA's best defense for much of the last month, they were unable to lock down against its most dynamic offense. They could recapture that defensive focus Monday night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves, whom the Jazz have had little trouble against this season. Utah (31-38) had allowed 88 or fewer points in 11 of 12 games before falling...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves forced to sign guy just for being nearby, still manage to beat Knicks

It's fitting that a matchup of the two lowliest teams in this NBA season went exactly this way. The injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves were so desperate for bodies Thursday that they signed a player based on how quickly he could get to the game. Minnesota signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, and he arrived at Madison Square Garden in time to give them the league...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Wolves at Raptors

Confident the Toronto Raptors have rebounded from an extended rough stretch, Kyle Lowry won't resort to any more fashion statements to help his team string together some victories. They haven't needed much luck during a decade-long domination of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Trying to win back-to-back games for the first time in a month Wednesday night, the host Raptors look to continue...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves coach Saunders leaves team to be with ailing father

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Flip Saunders will not be with the team in Toronto on Wednesday night because he is headed to Cleveland to be with his ailing father. Saunders informed the team on Tuesday that he would not make the trip. His status for the game on Thursday in New York against the Knicks is uncertain. Assistant coach...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders leaves Wolves to be with ailing father

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations and coach Flip Saunders will not be with the team in Toronto on Wednesday night because he is headed to Cleveland to be with his ailing father. Saunders informed the team on Tuesday that he would not make the trip. His status for the game on Thursday in New York against the Knicks is uncertain. Assistant...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Redick: Flip Saunders told me to ‘shut the f— up’ three times

J.J. Redick was ejected during the final two minutes of the Los Angeles’ Clippers win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. With the way Redick makes it sound, T-Wolves coach Flip Saunders should have been the one who was given the boot. Redick told reporters after the game that he got into it with...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Saunders ponders whether NBA's All-Star break is too long

In a season full of injuries, many hoped that the new, longer All-Star break would help NBA players catch their breath and recover after a grueling first 3 1/2 months. Commissioner Adam Silver extended the break at the players' behest, but it resulted in a more compressed season, more back-to-backs, less practice time and less rest between games for beat-up bodies. Kevin Durant,...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves left short-handed down low after Garnett, Pekovic leave early

MINNEAPOLIS -- Coaxing his young team, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders was trying anything he could to handle the Memphis Grizzlies powerful inside duo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Saunders never could have imagined resorting to having rookie Andrew Wiggins try to bang inside with the 13-year veteran and two-time All-Star Randolph. For all of the talent he's shown...
Via Fox Sports North
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Gasol, Grizzlies withstand scare from Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS -- When Kevin Garnett was thrown out of the game, Marc Gasol went to work and Flip Saunders went looking for a rulebook. Gasol had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and Mike Conley hit a big 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to lift the Memphis Grizzlies to a much-needed 101-97 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night. Gasol scored nine straight points in the final...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Wolves warned KG might throw their phones in the toilet

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been warned that life as they know it will change drastically once Kevin Garnett enters the locker room: “As one of our veteran guys told our young guys yesterday, ‘Hey, listen, when KG walks in the locker room your phones better be tucked away, because if they’re not, they’re going to get thrown in the toilet on game night,’ ” Saunders...
Via Red's Army
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Ankle injury 'a blessing in disguise' for Rubio to work on shot

MINNEAPOLIS -- Anyone wishing to precipitate upon Ricky Rubio's parade back to the active list need only point out the numbers. How despite the electrifying point guard's return from a severely sprained left ankle, the Timberwolves are still 12-42. How even though Rubio spent as much of the off time as he could working on his oft-scrutinized shot, he's made 37.7 percent of his field...
Via Fox Sports North
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Wolves' Bennett out at least two weeks with ankle sprain

MINNEAPOLIS -- Just when Anthony Bennett's window of opportunity slid open, the latest in a slew of Timberwolves injuries slammed it shut on his fingers. The second-year power forward will miss at least two weeks with a right ankle sprain, coach and president Flip Saunders said after practice Saturday afternoon. Bennett became tangled up with Phoenix's Markieff Morris in the first...
Via Fox Sports North
February 21, 2015  |  Discuss

T-Wolves want to bring back KG at deadline

Surprising reports were circling around the twitter-sphere last night that the Minnesota Timberwolves are in discussions to bring former icon Kevin Garnett back to the original franchise that drafted him. It's rumored that this push before today's 3PM trade deadline would be for Wolves' forward Thaddeus Young, reuniting KG with not only Minnesota but also former head coach Flip Saunders...
Via Celtics Life
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Phil Ervin's Feb. 17 Timberwolves mailbag

All season long, in defeat and even during occasional victory, Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders has emphasized the need for "positive reinforcement" -- tangible evidence what's being done is working. Players need it. Fans need it. Saunders himself, who admitted his exhaustion heading into the All-Star break, needs it. Eleven wins and plans...
Via Fox Sports North
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Timberwolves wait for the right price as trade deadline looms

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortly before the Timberwolves traded him to Charlotte last week, veteran point guard Mo Williams openly told reporters he'd been pondering his future every day. Power forward Thaddeus Young, one of the next candidates to be dealt by Thursday's trade deadline, is taking the opposite approach, keeping his head down and whatever future-based thoughts he's entertained...
Via Fox Sports North
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch all of Zach LaVine’s spectacular dunks in slow-mo

  Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine put on a spectacular aerial display to take home the dunk competition during All-Star Saturday night. The 19-year-old scored a perfect 100 in the opening round. He highlighted his scintillating start with a through-the-legs, one-handed reverse slam. LaVine had a final round of 94 to overtake Orlando’s Victor Oladipo, who struggled...
Via Sports-Glory
February 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Wiggins, Wolves youngsters largely steal show in Rising Stars game

Andrew Wiggins made a slam dunk contest appearance, after all. Fellow 19-year-old Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine did his best to keep pace. Gorgui Dieng went coast-to-coast in a sequence that would've had Flip Saunders flipping his lid. Shabazz Muhammad had his moments, too. Take a schoolyard pickup game -- with NBA assistant coaches choosing the sides -- and infuse it with a Wolves...
Via Fox Sports North
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Saunders' vision for rebuilding Wolves exemplified by Tuesday's trades

MINNEAPOLIS -- Flip Saunders sat next to another NBA general manager in March 2011 at Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse, watching close friend Tom Izzo's Michigan State team and, in particular, then-Spartans forward Draymond Green. "He's going to be a hell of a player," Saunders, then the head coach of the Washington Wizards, told the GM. Anonymous Executive's response: "He's not...
Via Fox Sports North
February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Wolves a different, more efficient team with Rubio back in lineup

MINNEAPOLIS -- Weary-eyed, gassed and raspy after a tense victory, Flip Saunders was asked Wednesday after Minnesota's 102-101 win against Miami if he picked up on the drop-off that occurred with Ricky Rubio on the bench during the second half. "We had one for 46 games," Saunders replied dryly. To be sure, in a season rocked by injuries and attrition, Rubio's 42-game absence -- a...
Via Fox Sports North
February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

As deadline approaches, Wolves could trade veterans to retool roster

MINNEAPOLIS -- For moments Saturday, like when Andrew Wiggins froze LeBron James and knifed to the hoop for two points, it was easy to forget the Timberwolves are in the midst of a sizable renovation project. But after Wiggins, then James, stole the show in front of more than 19,000 fans anticipating the return of Kevin Love -- the guy whose departure precipitated the rebuild --...
Via Fox Sports North
February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

After missing 42 games, Rubio expected to play Monday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is expected to return to action Monday at Dallas. Coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told reporters before Saturday's home game against Cleveland that three different specialists have checked out Rubio's severely-sprained left ankle. All three have cleared him to play "if things are OK Monday,"...
Via Fox Sports North
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss
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