Timberwolves 'rallying around' new head coach Ryan Saunders

“You really don’t get much sleep, getting thrown into this thing,” Saunders said Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, at the Timberwolves’ shootaround.

“I’m coaching on the fly at the moment and I’m putting a lot of thoughts to paper now and really trying to organize those things.”

Saunders and Minnesota are at the halfway point of their season, sitting just outside the playoffs and two games back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth seed.

But the Wolves have stayed in the playoff hunt despite the chaos and the recent injuries of Derek Rose and Robert Covington, positioning themselves for a run at the postseason in the second half of the season.

Now making his own calls and taking his own shots, Saunders hopes to bring a new energy to the team while keeping some old concepts.

“We’ve got a good group of people that make things a lot easier… My gauge is that everybody has been incredible through this.

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