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Timberwolves owner ‘hopeful’ NBA will push through 2019-20 season

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Count Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor as one optimist regarding the possibility of the NBA returning to finish its 2019-20 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taylor said he has faith the league will exhaust all options to find a way to finish the regular season and have postseason hoops.

““I’m really hopeful. I think we’re going to do it, if it’s at all possible,” Glen Taylor told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (which he owns). “This is a health issue that we have no control over, but I think for our players and our fans, I would like to see us take a break and hopefully we can get back in 30 days and finish the season.

“I think the playoffs, they’re just so much fun and so important to our fans and our players.”

The NBA is exploring all possible options for a return to play, but any scenario would likely begin in mid-to-late June, at the earliest.

Taylor said his optimism is rooted in China where some sports leagues have resumed play — which he says he’s been closely monitoring.

“I have a company in China, so we started on this here a couple of months ago. [The company is] in about eight different countries and we have about 50 plants in Minnesota. It’s about all I have been doing,” the Timberwolves boss said.

On Tuesday, Taylor pledged a $1 million relief fund for part-time employees of the Target Center as they await the return of Timberwolves and Lynx basketball.