Saunders' return as T'Wolves coach likely won't keep Love

Saunders' return as T'Wolves coach likely won't keep Love
June 5, 2014, 12:00 pm
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BOSTON — Well that didn't take long, did it?

Less than 24 hours after the Minnesota Timberwolves were planning to hire a coach before making any trade involving Kevin Love, Flip Saunders has reportedly moved from the front office back to the sidelines as the team's head coach.

While this will certainly provide some stability to the organization in the short-term, it does nothing to make Minnesota any more enticing to Love.

The whole point of him wanting to be traded was to be in a situation that would provide him a better shot at winning.

Saunders' return to the bench won't cut it.

While it's true that the best years of the Timberwolves' franchise came with Saunders as the coach, it's hard to completely ignore how things fell apart for him in Washington and prior to that, in Detroit.

Still, Saunders is a solid coach with a track record of getting his teams into the playoffs. He coached the team from 1995-2005, leading them to eight playoff appearances which included a trip to the Western Conference finals in 2004.

That's all fine and good, but Love needs more than Saunders' solid but far from spectacular track record to be convinced Minnesota is heading in the right direction.

He needs to see a plan in place that will give him a shot at the playoffs not just this season, but for years to come with the goal being to compete for a title sooner rather than later.

Boston, coming off a 25-57 record, doesn't necessarily scream, 'NBA TITLE, HERE WE COME!' on the surface. But as bad as the Celtics were this past season, they were even worst in 2007 when they made a slew of shrewd moves that catapulted them to an NBA title in 2008.

It began with a trade for a bona-fide superstar, Ray Allen.

That addition immediately put the Celtics into position as a playoff team and the man who pulled the trigger on those deals, Danny Ainge, is still calling the shots.

Adding that third mega-star (Kevin Garnett) is what put Boston over the top and positioned them to win it all in 2008.

But it began with adding one star, which in this case, would be Love.