Basketball News: The Timberwolves have gone 42-94 under Rosas in the last two seasons, a winning percentage of just 30.9 per cent, and the organisation still has the unenviable distinction of having the worst overall win rate of all of the NBA’s 30 active franchises.
The Timberwolves’ upper management must have been desperate to upgrade the power forward position.
The offseason has come and gone, and we’re on the verge of training camps starting next week, yet the Wolves have done little to address their obvious need at the “four.”
Now they’re looking to fill a newly established position as president of basketball operations, after Gersson Rosas, the guy in charge of freshening up the roster was sacked on Wednesday night.
Rosas, 43, has been in charge since January of this year. He joined the Rockets’ front office after 17 years in Houston, where he mostly worked under Daryl Morey before Morey’s departure for Philadelphia. Minnesota Timberwolves has gone 42-94 in the last two seasons, a winning percentage (.309) that is lower than the Wolves’ overall.394 winning %, which is still the worst among the NBA’s 30 active franchises.
Only ten teams in league history have lost more games, and all of those teams are now gone, including the Pittsburgh Ironmen, Waterloo Hawks, and Providence Steam Rollers during the belted shorts era.
The reference to the power forward was mocking, but with the Wolves, you never know what motivates them to push the reset button again – and again, and again.
According to reports in the Twin Cities on Wednesday night, the married Rosas’ inappropriate contact with another Wolves official, as well as a difficult office culture, triggered his removal.
Rosas’ failure and departure are in keeping with the team’s gloomy, er, traditions.
After Tom Thibodeau was handed the keys to the front office and the coaching sidelines in 2016, Rosas was brought in as the claimed answer in Minnesota after the ill-advised hiring of veteran columnist David Kahn as chief basketball executive.
Timberwolves/Lynx owner Glen Taylor released the following statement:
“Today, the Minnesota Timberwolves parted ways with President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas. As an organization, we remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and city can be proud of.”
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) September 22, 2021
On a temporary basis, Sachin Gupta, who was hired by the Rosas as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations and so has his hands all over their signings, trades, and draughts, has been placed into his boss’s post. The proverbial wide net is being cast in search of a permanent replacement, but there is little institutional trust that they will get it right this time.
The Wolves have had 10 different head coaches in the last 15 seasons, and have missed the playoffs in 14 of those 15 years, with the exception of a first-round loss to Houston in 2018.
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