Posts Tagged ‘Flip Saunders’

Wiggins, Timberwolves wish Happy Birthday to Flip Saunders

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Minnesota Timberwolves entered this season hoping to exceed expectations and turn their youth and potential into a postseason appearance. Unfortunately, Wolves coach and president Flip Saunders passed away just before the start of the season, and the Wolves have had to deal with the emotional ramifications.

A few weeks ago, after Zach LaVine won the Dunk Contest, he paid tribute to Saunders in an Instagram post. Today is not only Andrew Wiggins‘ 21st birthday, it also would have been Saunders’ 61st birthday. And Wiggins and the Timberwolves made sure to celebrate Saunders’ day…

Zach LaVine dedicates dunk contest win to Flip Saunders

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been an emotional season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who unexpectedly lost coach Flip Saunders to Hodgkin’s lymphoma just before the start of the season. And to pay tribute to his late coach, after winning last night’s dunk contest, T-Wolves guard Zach LaVine took to Instagram to remember the man who meant so much to him and Timberwolves fans everywhere…

Watch the Minnesota Timberwolves team hype video

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Minnesota Timberwolves had their home opener on Monday, their first game in Minnesota since the tragic death of head coach and team president Flip Saunders. And to make sure the Wolves players were hyped up for the game, here’s the video the Timberwolves showed their players in the locker room just before running out on the court.


VIDEO: T-Wolves hype

The NBA responds to the death of Flip Saunders

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier today, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced that head coach, team president and part owner Flip Saunders passed away at the age of 60. Around the NBA, people took to social media to mourn the loss of Saunders…

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Minnesotans were fired up about getting first pick in the NBA draft

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Minnesota Timberwolves won last night’s NBA Draft lottery, ensuring that they will have the first pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. It wasn’t altogether shocking — the Wolves did have the best chance at getting the first pick — but that doesn’t always translate to actually getting the first pick. So it’s safe to say, Timberwolves fans and front office members were equally nervous as the envelopes were opened and the top picks were revealed. Here are two videos showing just how exciting the announcement was, one vid from inside the fan viewing party, and another video from inside the T-Wolves war room, as team president Flip Saunders and his staff learn they’re drafting first…

Minnesota Timberwolves 90210

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A year ago we saw a Minnesota Timberwolves video made a group of Spanish T-Wolves fans that mixed together the theme from “Cheers” with shots of the Wolves. This season, to celebrate the new start in Minnesota, the same fans have re-cut the opening credits of the seminal ’90s series “Beverly Hills 90210” using members of the Timberwolves. It’s brilliantly done, although I have to admit I was hoping for Flip Saunders to pop up in the Joe E. Tata slot at the end of the credits.


VIDEO: MN 90210

(via SN)

Timberwolves offer fans excuse to skip work

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the trades finally complete to bring Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young to Minnesota, the Timberwolves will welcome their newest additions (along with first round pick Zach LaVine) to town this afternoon with a rally in downtown Minneapolis. The one issue here is that this could be problematic with people who have, you know, jobs, where they’re required to be in an office during this rally. So how to make sure people are able to make it? Offer them an excuse! Today on Timberwolves.com, the Wolves posted a note from Coach/GM Flip Saunders to people’s bosses, asking for some time off (and even making an Office Space reference).

Now if you guys will excuse me I’ve gotta go print this out…

2014-wolves-excuse-note

JaVale McGee Gets Detention For Unnecessary But Pretty Sweet Dunk

by Micah Hart

What to do with you, JaVale McGee? That’s what Wizards coach Flip Saunders must spend a good amount of time thinking — at least when he’s not thinking the same about Andray Blatche or Nick Young, or …

Anyway, take this play, for instance, from yesterday’s Wizards-Rockets tilt:



Now, before we get into what happened afterward and who is right or wrong, let’s please all first acknowledge the dunk was awesome and clearly Dunk Ladder material.

In a vacuum, McGee’s aerial display is exactly what makes the NBA so amazing. I’d wager that we all secretly wish every player on a breakaway would do something like it.

But McGee’s slam did not occur in a vacuum; it occurred with the Wizards trailing the Rockets in the third quarter of a game they were losing and with the team’s record at 1-11, soon to be 1-12.

And so Saunders sent McGee to the bench, where he sat for the rest of the game save a couple minutes early in the fourth quarter.

There are a lot of opinions about whether this kind of showboating has a place in the NBA (and other sports as well), but I’d say the general rule of thumb is it is only acceptable when you are winning. Which, to refresh your memory, the Wizards are not. It reminds me of LeBron’s Cavaliers teams and their elaborate pre-game rituals. As long as they were winning it was cute. But as soon as they fell to Orlando in the playoffs you started to hear “maybe if they’d spent more time practicing basketball instead of handshakes …” and other tropes.

Both sides are right, and both sides are wrong. Sports are supposed to be fun, and that’s clearly what McGee was trying to do here — have some fun. But there is a time and place, and one look at the Wizards’ place in the standings shows that they haven’t really earned the right to goof off. That’s why most don’t have a problem with Saunders’ decision to make McGee sit in timeout and think about what he’d done.

Still … it was a pretty sweet dunk.

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