Report: Significant angst within Timberwolves organization
The Timberwolves just ended a 13-year playoff drought. They have multiple stars in Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns. Tom Thibodeau is making headway in remaking the franchise, as he was hired to do.
So, everything is rosy in Minnesota, right?
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and Thibodeau have different sensibilities. Thibodeau focuses on winning, no matter how many feathers must be ruffled in the process. Taylor prefers a more genteel approach.
There are real questions whether they can coexist long-term.
This is why it was so fascinating Taylor hired Thibodeau as president-coach in the first place. Thibodeau showed his coaching acumen with the Bulls. But he also did so in a hard-driving way that suggested trouble transitioning to the wider perspective necessary of a team president.
Debate how involved Thibodeau should be in the business side. If Taylor wants him to be more cordial to people on the business side, that alone makes it an issue.
"When you come out of the hole that we were in, when you have to change the entire culture of an organization, there's going to be steps that you take along the way."— Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) April 26, 2018
I wonder what Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor thinks about that
Thibodeau’s on-court success will buy him time. Winning cures most ills.
But expectations are only increasing after Minnesota lost in five games to the Rockets in the first round. Thibodeau’s style – which includes a stubbornness that makes him unlikely to change that style – could give him less margin for error.