Despite a roster loaded with young talent, the Minnesota Timbwerwolves haven’t sniffed the post-season for over a decade. This season, too, the 14-32 Timberwolves are out of contention. According to latest NBA rumors, the players have pointed the blame on coach Sam Mitchell.
Mitchell was appointed head coach after the untimely death of Flip Saunders prior to the start of the 2015-16 NBA Season. On Wednesday, several reports surfaced that more than half the roster is lobbying for a new coach.
According to a report from The Associated Press, the young Minnesota players are quickly losing faith in Mitchell’s old-school coaching methods. In fact, Zach Lavine, used the word “unfair” to ride Mitchell’s system.
LaVine not having fun…
“It’s not fun (to play under Mitchell). Sometimes (it’s) unfair. But he’s (Mitchell) the coach, I’m the player and sometimes that’s what you have to deal with. You can’t really do anything about it but play good on the court,” said LaVine, last year’s Slam Dunk Contest champion.
LaVine does have reasons to be disgruntled. After a promising rookie season, the athletic combo guard has been relegated to a bench role, taking a backseat to veterans Kevin Martin and Tayshaun Prince. At the start of the season, it was expected that LaVine and Ricky Rubio would form the backcourt.
“I tell Zach all the time, when he gets through this, he’s going to be a much better player because he’s going to have went through the fire. He’s going to be tried and tested. He’s going to have felt low and dejected sometimes. But that’s how point guards are made,” Mitchell said of LaVine earlier this month.
The Timbwerwolves roster has the previous two No 1 overall draft picks – Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins – besides the likes of LaVine, Gorgui Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica. There is a common consensus in the league that the Timbwerwolves have the most exciting roster.
If Mitchell is fired, the Wolves, for the first time in many years, would be an attractive place for a marquee head coach. Some reckon that Towns, just like former Kentucky standout Anthony Davis, is a game-changer and would take Minnesota to new heights in the coming seasons.
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