Author: Brett Pollakoff

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Timberwolves owner on Flip Saunders: ‘I think eventually I want a different coach’


NEW YORK — The Timberwolves will have the number one overall pick in this summer’s draft, thanks to the ping pong balls bouncing their way at the NBA Draft Lottery which was held in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday.

The outcome was largely expected; Minnesota had more chances than any other team to win the lottery, and things went according to the odds.

But something less expected happened afterwards, when Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor was non-committal about whether or not Flip Saunders would be coaching the team next season.

“It’s not definite,” Taylor said, after pausing for a few seconds when asked specifically about Saunders returning as head coach. “But in my mind, with the effort that he put in this year to bring this team along, it’s probably 90 percent. If he sees somebody and he changes his mind, he certainly could convince me. I think eventually I want a different coach, and I want him to be the GM. My guess is that he’ll go another year.”

Landing the top pick in the draft may be a nice enticement for Saunders to want to remain in the coaching position, but Taylor says that this recent, exciting development won’t affect that decision.

“It won’t change,” Taylor said of Saunders’ thought process. “I think that Flip will change if he sees somebody in the coaching ranks that he really respects, and thinks in the long run that they will be the right guy for this team, then I think he’ll make that decision.”

“We’re sort of taking it one year at a time,” Taylor said with a laugh. “[We haven’t discussed] seven years from now.”

Draymond Green wrestles with Trevor Ariza late in Warriors’ Game 1 win over Rockets (VIDEO)

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Draymond Green was magnificent for the Warriors in their Game 1 win over the Rockets, when Golden State went with a smaller lineup and he played the center position.

But he also did some damage on the perimeter, as well.

Green got tangled up with Trevor Ariza, and took him out of this play completely once the two wrestled to the floor.

Somehow there was no foul called after all of this, perhaps because Curry had already scored inside with ease as this began to take place.

2015 Las Vegas Summer League dates, teams officially announced

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The NBA’s Summer League will return to Las Vegas July 10-20, the league announced via official release.

The event is held at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus, and will feature 24 teams.

Last year, the Sacramento Kings won the Samsung NBA Summer League Championship to complete an 11-day, 67-game event that set all-time records for attendance, NBA TV viewership, digital consumption on and NBA Mobile, and overall merchandise sales. Last summer was the second time that Samsung NBA Summer League included a tournament-style schedule and culminated with a Championship Game, a format that will be used for the third consecutive year.

This year’s event will feature 14 playoff teams from the 2014-15 NBA season including all four Conference Finalists in Golden State, Atlanta, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets and top picks from the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, which will be held on Thursday, June 25. Nine teams entered in the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery, which is set for Tuesday, May 19, will appear at Samsung NBA Summer League. 

Tickets for the Samsung NBA Summer League will go on sale June 1 at 9 a.m. PT. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting or by calling 702-739-FANS. 


Overall Record at Summer League

Team                             Wins   Losses Percent           Years Participated

Houston*                                29        9          .763                 ’06-10, ’12, ’14

Golden State*                         31        16        .660                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Utah                                        3          2          .600                 ’14

San Antonio*                         21        14        .600                 ’07-’10, ’12-14

Miami                                      13        10        .565                 ’10, ’12-14

Sacramento                             26        22        .542                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Boston*                                   14        12        .538                 ’04-07, ’12

Chicago*                                 16        14        .533                 ’05, ’09-10, ’12-14

New York                               23        21        .523                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Denver                                    26        24        .520                 ’04-10, ’12-14

Washington*                          27        25        .519                 ’04-10, ’12-14

Milwaukee*                            18        17        .514                 ’07-10, ’12-14

Phoenix                                   26        25        .510                 ’04-10, ’12-14

Philadelphia                            8          8          .500                 ’07-08, ’14

NBA D-League Select            13        13        .500                 ’09-10, ’12-14

Dallas*                                    23        23        .500                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Cleveland*                              25        26        .490                 ’04-10, ’12-14

Portland*                                23        24        .489                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Toronto*                                 17        18        .486                 ’06, ’08-10, ’12-14

Minnesota                               20        22        .476                 ’06-10, ’12-14

Atlanta*                                  8          13        .381                 ’10, ’12-14

L.A. Lakers                             13        23        .361                 ’07-10, ’12-14

New Orleans*                         12        34        .261                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Brooklyn*                               0          5          .000                 ’05

*2014-15 NBA Playoff team