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The Minnesota Timberwolves introduced Chris Finch as the team's newest head coach Monday at a press conference.  He will take over and coach Tuesday night's (Feb. 23rd) game vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.

 

Finch replaces Ryan Saunders who was let go Sunday after a loss to the New York Knicks on the road.  

 

Finch has a long career in basketball.  He played guard for Divsion III Franklin & Marshall University.  He played professional in England for four seasons before becoming a coach.  He worked his way up from there, including at one time coaching the British Naitonal team in the Olympics.  He also helped the "D League" team the Rio Grand Valley Vipers win a league championship in 2010.  He was serving as an assistant coach on the Toronto Raptors staff before coming to Minnesota.  

 

Finch talked about what was appealing about taking over a team who has the worst record in the NBA...

 

 

 

 

Wolves general manager Gerson Rosas and Finch have a long relationship together.  Finch was one of the finalists candidates to replace the then fired Tom Thibodeau back in 2018.  Rosas talked about the situation and how all things came together to hire Finch in such a short period of time... 

 

 

 

 

Rosas has recieved criticism for this search.  Because it was done so quickly potential coaching candidates of color did not get a chance to interview.  Rosas defended the decision to make a move fast, calling diversity important... 

 

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