Here we go.
News conference introducing new Wolves coach/president Tom Thibodeau and General Manager Scott Layden will be 4 p.m. CST Tuesday at Target Center. Live coverage on FSN, NBATV and WCCO 830-AM.
Some interesting comments from Glen Taylor in a recent interview with Star Tribune:
Why is Thibodeau the right guy?
There's never one reason. I liked his answer to one of the first questions I asked: What are the things most important to you? The first thing he said was 'I want to be the coach of an NBA championship team. That's my goal in life.' So I said OK, we start with that. This guy is probably going to outwork anybody else I know.
When Flip took over both coach and management jobs, you were reluctant. Has your opinion changed or did doing that again (here) get the deal done?
It's the way to get the deal done., but the arrangement isn't so much that Thibodeau is going to run everything. I hired him as coach, but I said we're going to hire a really strong GM. They understand it's a partnership; it's written in their contracts. It isn't the same as Detroit's with Stan Van Gundy or anybody else. The two of them signed on the same day, for the same length and they are hired as a team.
So who determines what?
On some decisions, Thibs will have the final say and on some decisions Scott will have the final say and we have it all written down. They're friends, they respect each other. They both have said it's highly unlikely that one will have to make a decision over the other.
Occasionally, somebody's got to make a decision, right? We've set up a way to do that and who will call it and it isn't the same person in all cases. Thibs has the president title. I understand that. It was important to him. It wasn't important to Scott. You'll find out Scott is a strong personality himself, and he wouldn't come here if he thought he was too much of a second fiddle.
How much did Thibodeau's defensive-minded nature appeal to you?
Yes, he knows defense. But he talked about all parts of basketball and what you have to do to get a championship team. He talked about cutting back on shots that aren't high percentage, about the importance of threes now, how the game is changing. He just talked about a lot of things. I could see he has a lot of flexibility within him, and I liked that because (the game) is changing.
He was known in Chicago for playing his players a lot of minutes. Does that concern you?
I talked to him about that and he said, 'Talk to my players and ask them.' I did not do that directly. I did that through some other people.
The speed with which you hired Thibodeau probably surprised people. Had you decided early who you wanted or did you do that to beat the competition in the search for coaches?
It was both. In fact, I said I wouldn't make an announcement until the season was over, but I had made up my mind before the season was over that I had to do this. I was going to do this. I jumped on a number of guys and talked early, so I was confident nobody was going to take another job without finding out first where they stood with us.
This team needs a few quality veterans to prevent Thibodeau from murdering his incompetent bench and callow starters, and to provide mentorship and avenues of communication between the coach and the locker room.
It wouldn’t surprise me if the Wolves traded their draft pick. Even if that is not the way they choose to abet their veteran talent base, there are quality free agents on the market, including past Thibs favorites like Luol Deng, a 6-9 swingman currently starring in the playoffs for Miami, and Noah, a gritty big man who has been injury-prone but still tantalizes for his past versatility of skills, his inspirational leadership and his history with Thibs.