Franchises

Lore, Rodriguez get first chance to shape T'Wolves after Rosas firing

Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez are not expected to become majority owners of the T'Wolves until '23, and yet it "may already be time for them to begin to put their stamp on the organization," according to Jace Frederick of the St. Paul PIONEER PRESS. The firing earlier this week of President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas -- and the reasons for which it occurred -- is just the "latest embarrassment" for the T'Wolves. Maybe Exec/VP Basketball Operations Sachin Gupta "will indeed be the long-term solution." But that is "not a decision anyone currently inside the organization should make," as they have "had their chances to do so and failed." Longtime Owner Glen Taylor has "whiffed again and again when attempting to fill the role through various methods that have ranged from search firms to personal recommendations." Rosas' replacement will be tasked with "cultivating that environment will shape the franchise’s outlook for years to come." That is why the decision "should, and certainly will, land in the laps of the two men who will lead the organization into the future." Lore and Rodriguez "will officially be introduced at a press conference Monday morning, at the start of media day." Selecting the new basketball boss, however, would provide a "true opportunity to make an immediate, potentially positive impact" (St. Paul PIONEER PRESS, 9/24).

PLAYING CLEAN UP: In Minneapolis, Jim Souhan writes he is "about to say something I never before could have imagined myself or anyone saying: Alex, please come to Minnesota and take charge. Please clean up the mess that is the Minnesota Timberwolves." Three of the past five basketball bosses Taylor hired from outside the organization "were unfit to lead." Souhan writes his recommendation is to "give Gupta an honest chance, a full season in which to prove himself." He is in the "best position to pour bleach on Rosas' mess." What Taylor, Lore and Rodriguez should realize is that the "best example of how to run a basketball organization is in their own building." WNBA Minnesota Lynx coach & GM Cheryl Reeve "combines expertise and leadership." The T'Wolves "need to hire a general manager with both qualifications" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/24).

NOT A SURPRISE: THE RINGER's Dan Devine noted the revelation of a relationship with a staff member "might have been the last straw," but "rumblings that Rosas’s days were numbered had persisted due to word of intra-organizational dysfunction under his leadership." Even if there "wasn’t all this drama," it "wouldn’t have been that shocking to see Rosas get the ax." He had yet to produce the sort of on-court product that "would double as a bulletproof résumé and guarantor of job security." He is a person and a professional "desperate for the ground under his feet to just stay steady." Given both the on-court performance of Rosas’ teams and the "roiling internecine drama off the floor," this move is a "step in the direction of establishing the sort of stability and basic functionality that (T’Wolves C Karl-Anthony Towns) craves" (THERINGER.com, 9/23).

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