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Derrick Rose says Ryan Saunders has given the Timberwolves ‘more freedom’

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Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose says new head coach Ryan Saunders has given the team more freedom on the floor and made things simpler on offense and defense.

The Timberwolves are 2-1 since Ryan Saunders replaced Tom Thibodeau, who was fired on Jan. 6 after the team beat the Los Angeles Lakers by 22 points.

Derrick Rose will never have anything bad to say about Thibodeau. After all, Thibs essentially saved Rose’s NBA career last season when the former Coach of the Year signed the explosive guard after the Utah Jazz waived him.

However, these comments from Derrick Rose are noteworthy. Ryan Saunders appears to have a better relationship with the players and front office than Thibodeau ever had. It helps that Saunders is just 32-years-old. He’s able to connect with the players more.

The Timberwolves no longer have a coach who is barking at them 24/7 from the sideline. Saunders is letting the guys play their natural game so they don’t have to think too much on the floor. Whenever NBA players can play with a free mind, they usually perform well.

Minnesota takes on the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. It will be the first time the Timberwolves will see Jimmy Butler since the organization traded the four-time All-Star to Philly in November. Derrick Rose, who is dealing with a sprained right ankle, is expected to play after sitting out the previous game against the New Orleans Pelicans.