T'wolves fire Saunders; VP McHale takes over
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kevin McHale shook up the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday, firing longtime friend Flip Saunders and taking over the coaching duties for the rest of the season.
McHale, the team's vice president of basketball operations, called Saunders on Saturday morning to break the news.
"We talked this morning, and it was very, very hard," McHale said. "We've known each other for a long time, but our last 32 games we're 12-20, and just not playing at a level that's acceptable, energy-wise.
"Maybe a new voice will help. I'm going to do my best to get these guys competing at a higher level."
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