Minnesota Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders has been relieved of his duties, the last of the Western Conference in the NBA said in a statement Sunday night. “These decisions are difficult, however this change is in the interests of the club and its short and long term goals,” said basketball director Gersson Rosas.
Saunders’ sacking comes as the Timberwolves suffered their 24th loss of the season on Sunday at the Knicks (for seven wins). Their best player Karl-Anthony Towns, a Covid-19 positive and injured wrist, has only played eleven matches this season. Appointed in May 2019, after having assumed this role on an interim basis since January of the same year, Ryan Saunders, 34, has a record of 43 wins for 95 losses.
Son of Flip Saunders, legendary NBA coach who died in 2015 after having coached more than 1,200 games in Minnesota, Washington and Detroit, he held his first job as head coach. Toronto Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch is named to succeed him.