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Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas says Ryan Saunders, Minnesota ‘have something to prove’

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Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas admits that he and head coach Ryan Saunders “have something to prove” this 2019-20 season.

Speaking to the media during the introductory press conference for Jordan Bell, Jake Layman, Noah Vonleh, Treveon Graham and Shabazz Napier, Rosas said that proving themselves is one thing all people within the Minnesota organization have in common.

Rosas could be alluding to the late Flip Saunders, Ryan’s father, who was an instrumental part of the Minnesota organization for a long time. He once held the position of general manager and twice served as the franchise’s head coach in two different stints. Saunders passed away in October 2015 due to complications from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Rosas and the Timberwolves installed Ryan Saunders as the interim head coach following Tom Thibodeau’s departure in January of this year. Prior to that decision, Saunders was an assistant coach for five years. Rosas and general manager Scott Layden removed the interim label on Saunders’ head coaching résumé in May, signing the 33-year-old to a multi-year deal.

The Timberwolves have only made the playoffs once in the past 15 years — during the 2017-18 season — so it’s no wonder why there are tons of pressure on Rosas and Saunders to turn the franchise around. They have Karl-Anthony Towns leading the way, but they are surely hoping Andrew Wiggins can live up to the fat contract the team gave him.

2019-20 isn’t necessarily a ‘prove it’ season for the Timberwolves, given that they need time to develop chemistry. However, fans are certainly hoping a step towards the right direction.