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Flip Saunders on coaching the Timberwolves himself: ‘You never know’

Apr 23, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

Flip Saunders AP

Stan Van Gundy, Tom Izzo, Fred Hoiberg and Billy Donovan have emerged as candidates to fill the Timberwolves’ coaching vacancy.

But what if Minnesota could get a coach with more NBA wins than those four combined?

Timberwolves president Flip Saunders – who previously coached Minnesota, Detroit and Washington – wouldn’t rule out taking the job himself.

Jon Crawkzynski of the Associated Press:

many believe he would like to return to the bench with the Wolves.

“I’m not going to answer that,” Saunders said when asked if he could do both jobs. “You never know. Ideally right now we’re going to do a search. The search isn’t just coming to talk to me. We’ll sit down and put together a list, see the interest those people have and we’ll make decisions based on that.”

Saunders, 59, might just want to move onto the next stage of his life. Coaching is a grind, and it’d be reasonable to put that behind him.

But as team president, Saunders’ No. 1 task is retaining Kevin Love. The best chance Minnesota has of doing that – even if any plan is unlikely – is to put a strong team on the floor next season, and a quality coach would certainly help.

Saunders is a complex offensive thinker, though his defense can be lacking. With the right players, his teams can be pretty good, even if there’s probably a ceiling on his success.

But the Timberwolves shouldn’t be worried about upside. They need to get as good as possible immediately to boost their case for Love.

No doubt, the Timberwolves would be better off landing a better coach who handles one role full-time. It sounds like that’s their first option, too.

But if they can’t get a good coach, Saunders could help as a stop-gap.

  1. cbking05 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Wow, Flip as T-Wolves coach…You can’t make this stuff up.

    • jollyjoker2 - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      he failed twice at it – his ego is big enough for a third time ; that I am certain.

      • jollyjoker2 - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        Correction – 3 times but hey, who is counting.~

  2. unfly - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    This sounds like a good way to lose Kevin Love via Priority Express Mail.

  3. cantonbound13 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Just trade Love already, he’s not staying.

    • dablakdrphil - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Agreed, they should get rid of him before they lose him for nothing

  4. spursareold - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    The Wolves need to get back to their roots: Flip coaching, and first round outs.

    • jollyjoker2 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      flippy skippy….1 and done in the playoffs. Like clockwork.

  5. kb2408 - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    What next, bring back KG and “Starbury”?!

    • jollyjoker2 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:27 PM

      no, just probably ruining t wolves permanently and finding some billionaire to buy them out with him.

  6. trbowman - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Flip’s a good coach, solid. Good for a veteran team. I think he just struggled with the Wizards younger players, and at the time he was hired keep in mind that was still a veteran team.

    He can coach the Wolves.

    • observingii - Apr 23, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      “He can coach the Wolves”. . . but not very well.

  7. jollyjoker2 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Guys on these post cant accept the fact that he failed his way to the topic. who says smarmy nothingness won’t get you somewhere in life.

  8. ryanrockzzz - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    The fact that this guy is the team President would be enough for me to leave if i was Love. That and the overrated point guard, lack of overall talent, and undesirable destination for star players. Yeah…

  9. onlyavoice - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Flip The Dip.
    This guy is only good at running his mouth & convincing people he is something he is not.
    Expect The Dip to be looking for employment after next season.

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