Flip Saunders would make himself the Timberwolves next coach if it was up to him, writes Jerry Zgoda of The Star Tribune. Team owner Glen Taylor wants Saunders to focus on one job because he believes a coach lives in the present and a good manager must think for the future, writes Zgoda. He still could change Taylor’s mind, particularly if he convinces Taylor that his coaching system and style will help keep Kevin Love in Minnesota, opines Zgoda.
More from out west:
- Jodie Meeks has been one of the few bright spots in the Lakers season. Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times looks back at Meeks’ season, plus where he may end up next year.
- If the Nuggets can get all of their players healthy to start next season, there could be a big man battle brewing, writes Aaron J. Lopez of NBA.com. The play down the stretch of Timofey Mozgov has put JaVale McGee‘s job as starting center in danger, opines Lopez. Over his past seven games, Mozgov is averaging 17.4 PPG and 9.6 RPG.
- Derrick Byars has signed with a Belgium team, per Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. Byars spent training camp with the Grizzlies this season, but hasn’t seen any NBA action since the 2011/12 season.