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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves best days came with Flip Saunders on the si
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves best days came with Flip Saunders on the sideline. Yeezy Schuhe Deutschland . Now that the organization is shrouded in uncertainty surrounding the long-term future of star forward Kevin Love, Saunders is returning to the bench to try revive a franchise that hasnt made the playoffs in 10 years. With the teams coaching search complicated by Loves status, the Timberwolves decided the best course of action was to have Saunders, who was hired last season as president of basketball operations, step in for a second stint as coach until the situation stabilized, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not officially announced the move. A news conference was scheduled for Friday. Saunders previously coached the Timberwolves from 1995-2005. He won 411 games in 10 1/2 seasons in Minnesota and guided the Wolves to the only eight playoff appearances in franchise history, including the Western Conference finals in 2004. He has a career record of 638-526 in 16 seasons as an NBA head coach, a career that also includes stops in Detroit and Washington. Saunders is joining a short list in the NBA of coaches that also have final-say executive authority, one that includes newly hired Stan Van Gundy in Detroit, Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers and, to a certain extent, Gregg Popovich in San Antonio. Saunders will continue to work closely with GM Milt Newton in the front office while handling coaching duties. When Rick Adelman retired at the end of the regular season, he did so in part to try to help the Timberwolves move forward with a plan to show Love, a three-time All-Star who can opt out of his contract next summer, that there was a long-term plan in place for success. But Loves tenuous situation didnt help the search process, with trade rumours serving as a caution sign for several high-profile candidates. Saunders was in the market for a coach with extensive head coaching experience, either in the NBA or at a major college program, one that could command the respect of a young locker room and also handle the media scrutiny that comes with the questions surrounding Love. Names like Tom Izzo, Billy Donovan and Fred Hoiberg came and went without any traction. The Wolves hosted Memphis coach Dave Joerger for an interview two weekends ago, but Grizzlies owner Robert Pera sweetened his contract to keep him around. Sam Mitchell, Lionel Hollins, Scott Skiles and several others received consideration as well. Unable to find what they felt was the right fit for a delicate job, Saunders and owner Glen Taylor met this week to reassess the situation. Taylor said when he brought Saunders back as team president that he would not put him back on the bench. He fired Saunders as coach once before, in 2005 when Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell, unhappy with their contracts, submarined the follow-up to the teams stirring run to the Western Conference finals. Saunders was also hopeful that he could find someone other than himself to take over the team. But with Loves status preventing them from pursuing the coaches they felt would fit best, the two decided that Saunders should take over for at least this season if not longer. The Timberwolves have not given up on convincing Love to play out this season in Minnesota and re-sign next summer to a contract that can pay him and extra year and about $26.5 million more than any other team. It was not immediately clear what the appointment of Saunders would do for Loves desires to stay or go. Love has yet to make the playoffs in his six seasons in the league and is believed to be growing impatient with the Wolves, who finished 40-42 and in 10th place in the West this year. Love created a stir when he spent last weekend in Boston, where the Celtics are rumoured to be making a run at trading for the 25-year-old power forward before the June 26 draft. Just how long Saunders will coach remains to be seen. There is the possibility that Saunders will add assistants to his staff who could be groomed to eventually take over. The Wolves were expected to reach out to Mitchell, a former Timberwolves player and Raptors head coach, and David Blatt, who has spearheaded Russias return to Olympic relevance and coaches in Israel, to gauge their interest in joining his staff. Fake Yeezy Kaufen . THE THUNDER & PACERS BENCHES: In a nutshell, not impressive at all. Yeezy Schuhe Kaufen Deutschland . "I met her, I think, a week ago. We went to a Norwood hockey store and picked her out some gear. http://www.yeezyschuhe.de/ . Miikka Kiprusoff had just announced his retirement after a decade-long run in Calgary and it would be up to Berra and Ramo to fill the void. Bud Grant and our panel have had their say. Now its your turn. The Free Press and TSN 1290 are proud to jointly announce our All-Time Bombers Team as selected by you, our readers and listeners. Over the next nine weeks, well present a position each week with our panels choices of the top-five Winnipeg Blue Bombers to ever play for the club at that spot. The voting will commence today. Click here to cast your vote - http://alltimebombers.winnipegfreepress.com On Friday afternoons at 4 p.m., live on TSN 1290s Hustler and Lawless program, the Free Press and TSN 1290 websites, as well as the Saturday edition of the Winnipeg Free Press, well announce the winner and member of the All-Time Bombers Team. The Free Press print and digital editions as well as www.tsn1290.ca will run stories every Monday putting forth the position of the week and finalists selected by our panel. Voting will take place on both websites. Legendary Blue Bombers player and coach Bud Grant headlines our panel. Grant was joined by former Bombers player and GM Paul Robson, Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee and Free Press sports reporter Ed Tait, Free Press columnist and TSN 1290 host Gary Lawless and TSN 1290s Andrew “Hustler” Paterson. Panelists were provided a statistical breakdown of the Bombers dating back to the 1950s as well as an anecdotal package of the early Bombers teams when statistics were not recorded. Each panelist brought a unique perspective and personal set of criteria. Grant joined the group via conference call from a cabin in the Wisconsin woods while the rest huddled around a boardroom table at the Free Press. From Grants gravelly voice emanating out of the telephone speaker, to Taits vivid recollections of games and players, to Robsons cold analysis of a players strengths and weaknesses, to Patersons views from the upper decks of our stadiums, there were strong opinions all around. Some players were quickly selected. Others were hotly debated. Sometimes it came down to a clash of eras. Others made it on the merit of championsship wins while those without rings on their fingers were often set aside. Ultra Boost Günstig Kaufen. This week, its your turn to pick the All-Time Bombers Team quarterback. Vote a maximum of once per day and help choose the Blue Bombers player you consider the best at the following positions to be presented in this order: Quarterback, offensive lineman, linebacker, kicker, kick returner, running back, defensive lineman, defensive back and receiver. Weve done our part. The final decisions are up to you. So vote and vote often. Youre the GM of this team. Make your choices. Here are this weeks choices: QUARTERBACK KEN PLOEN*, 1957-67 Every conversation on the greatest Blue Bomber — not just QB — includes this icon, legend, hall of famer. Other pivots threw harder, but all Ploen did was win games in the summer (82, most as a Bomber QB) and championships in the fall (four Grey Cups). Such a gifted athlete, he was also an all-star defensive back in 1959. --- JACK JACOBS*, 1950-54 They dubbed old Winnipeg Stadium ‘The House That Jack Built and with good reason: he was a pure passer who revolutionized the CFL game and, as a result, packed stadiums wherever he played. --- DIETER BROCK*, 1974-83 Nobody could chuck it like Ralph/Dieter. Won back-to-back Most Outstanding Player Awards in 1980 and 1981, led the CFL in passing four times and remains the clubs leader in passing yardage and TDs and is second to Ploen in wins. --- TOM CLEMENTS*, 1983-87 Acquired from Hamilton for Brock, Clements would then lead the Bombers to a Grey-Cup victory over the Ticats in 1984, ending a 22-year drought. Cerebral, mobile and quietly efficient, he was the CFLs top player in 1987, his last as a Bomber. --- KHARI JONES, 2000-2004 Like Jacobs and Don Jonas before him, Jones helped breathe life into the Bombers when times were bad. His 46 TDs in 2002 is a club record (third all-time in the CFL) and second to Brock in passing yardage. Was the CFLs MOP in 2001. *-Indicates member of Canadian Football Hall of Fame. ' ' '
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