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Topic - Flip Saunders
Even just 16 games into the new season, one thing had become abundantly clear in Minnesota: Derrick Williams wasn't fitting in with the Timberwolves.
The Wizards have lost seven of nine games, but the starting backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal shouldered the blame for the slow start and insisted coach Randy Wittman isn't the problem.
Nikola Pekovic didn't want to leave Minnesota, and the Timberwolves weren't about to let him go.
When Andrei Kirilenko opted out of a $10.2 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 32-year-old forward did so presumably looking for one last long-term deal of his career.
When Mike Brown first got into coaching in the early 1990s, veteran Bernie Bickerstaff would pull him aside for little chats on climbing the ladder in the NBA. One lesson stood out more than any other.
Corey Brewer has become a familiar face for the often-changing Minnesota Timberwolves.
Anthony Bennett learned he would be making NBA draft history the same time as everyone else.
The Cleveland Cavaliers passed on Nerlens Noel and Alex Len in favor of the UNLV freshman forward who has starred for Canada's junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference player of the year.
There was a time when second-round draft picks in the NBA held about as much value to some teams as the caps that were given to each player chosen on draft night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are on top of the NBA draft yet again, only this time there is no LeBron James waiting to save them. There may not even be a Kyrie Irving.
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor sat before a throng of media, swallowed hard and said what many in and around the organization had been thinking for about nine years.
Goodbye, David Kahn.
Richard Pitino might not have been the first choice by Minnesota to replace Tubby Smith, and questions about favoritism could follow him the rest of his career.
A day after his son Richard Pitino agreed to become the next head coach at Minnesota, Rick Pitino proclaimed the 30-year-old up-and-comer “more than ready” for the challenge.
Minnesota has picked Richard Pitino, the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, to take over for Tubby Smith.
"I just didn't foresee Derrick being able to play much," Saunders said. "And if a guy's not playing, usually your value is not going to go up. So when we've got someone we thought was going to fit what we were looking for, we just thought it was right."
"Derrick's still young and still has that potential," Saunders said. "Unfortunately, many times for that potential to be able to marinate and develop, sometimes they have to get extended minutes."