Saunders originally joined the franchise in May of 1995 as the team’s president. Seven months later, he became the head coach, a position he held for the next decade.
In his ten seasons as head coach for the Timberwolves, Saunders had the pleasure of coaching and grooming Kevin Garnett. The two still have a great relationship to this day.
With the news of Saunder’s hiring and talk of Garnett potentially retiring after the Boston Celtics’ elimination from the playoffs on Friday, fans on discussion boards and social media are calling for a Saunders-Garnett reunion.
Flip Saunders coming back?? Might as well go get Garnett back
— Deeq skywalker (@ElmoGucci) May 2, 2013
Flip convinces Garnett to come back to MN when Pek inevitably leaves.KG+Love+Rubio get 1 year together and win a ring. #GetItDoneFlip
— Phil McNamara (@philmcnamara) May 3, 2013
Ironically, Kevin Garnett would fit great with the Timberwolves
— Ryan Karpenko (@Penko_14) May 2, 2013
The idea of Garnett returning to Minnesota is not that crazy of a thought. If the Timberwolves let Nikola Pekovic leave in free agency, they have a hole to fill at center. Even if Minnesota addresses the center position during the NBA Draft, big men usually take time to develop and contribute right away.
Saunders was fired as the team’s head coach during the 2004-05 season, after a disappointing start. A year later, still as a member of the Timberwolves, Garnett had nothing but great things to say about his former longtime coach.
“Flip’s a great coach,” Garnett said in 2006. “He’s not an OK coach. He’s a great coach. You put him anywhere, he’s going to succeed. Period.”
Well, Flip’s back in Minnesota now. Will you join him, Garnett?