Skip to main content

Wolves owner has questions for head coach Tom Thibodeau

Glen Taylor isn't happy with 3-point shooting and defense.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor isn't going to evaluate head coach Tom Thibodeau's performance until the season is over, but he certainly set the table for questions in an interview with the Mankato Free Press

Taylor, who said he's happy to be in the playoffs, openly addressed a trio his concerns in the Free Press article: 

  • the team's 3-point shooting
  • the lack of production from the bench
  • inconsistencies on defense

When talking about Minnesota's lack of 3-point shooting, he said other teams can learn to shoot them so "why can't we?"

Those are firm indictments on the team's biggest weaknesses, and those issues have been magnified, especially the 3-point shooting, in the playoffs against the Houston Rockets. 

Houston, the league's premier 3-point shooting team, led the league with 15.3 made 3-pointers per game. The Wolves finished dead last with only eight 3s per game. 

Related: 

Wolves will 'fight fire with fire' in Game 3 against the Rockets

– Sign up for our daily newsletters

Defensively, Minnesota allowed 115+ points 23 times during the regular season, winning only five of those games. 

Taylor was quoted as saying "I'm not sure that's the answer" when talking about Thibodeau grinding his starters close to 40 minutes per game. 

Many pundits believe Thibodeau ran the Bulls into the ground when he coached in Chicago, and it's apparent that he might be doing the same here in Minnesota. 

Consider this: the Wolves were the only team in the NBA to have all five regular starters average 33+ minutes per game. 

All five at 33+ per game is bonkers when compared to the rest of the NBA, where only one other team, the Nuggets, had all five regular starters at 30+ minutes a game. 

Only 14 players in the entire NBA averaged 35 or more minutes, and three of them play for the Wolves, led by Jimmy Butler at 36.7 minutes per game, second only to LeBron James (36.9). 

Andrew Wiggins averaged 36.3 minutes and Karl-Anthony Towns was on the floor an average of 35.6 minutes. The other two starters, Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague, both averaged 33+ minutes. 

Perhaps Thibodeau's methods will prove correct when it's all said and done, but at the moment, it certainly appears he'll have some questions to answer after the season

Next Up

ConellHarris

Charges: Armed man made death threats at Minneapolis LGBTQ bar

The man allegedly used derogatory terms while threatening to kill someone.

image

FDA pulls last COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment as new variants rise

A therapy used to treat more than 11,000 Minnesotans is no longer authorized amid a surge in the latest COVID-19 variants.

Austin Robert LeClaire

Charges: Plymouth man shot girlfriend in head after birthday party

The 23-year-old victim is in critical condition as of Friday.

image

State announces $2.5M in grants for child care providers

Child care providers in roughly a dozen communities will receive funds to help grow the supply of affordable, quality child care.

image

Probe of Golden Valley police uncovers racism, alleged misconduct

One officer was terminated for alleged racist comments and violations of state law.

blowing snow

Blowing snow Friday in Minnesota; will it snow next week?

Winds could gust up to 50 mph Friday afternoon and night.

Deer hunting blaze orange

To combat CWD, late-season deer hunting announced for 9 areas of MN

The special hunts will be held between Dec. 16 and 18.

covid

COVID levels rising in wastewater; BQ.1 now dominant

BQ.1 is the new dominant subvariant in Twin Cities wastewater.

Screen Shot 2022-12-02 at 11.43.05 AM

Keith Ellison, other AGs settle with CarMax over recall disclosures

As part of the settlement, CarMax now must disclosure open recalls online and on the lot.

police lights squad car

Man kidnaps 2-year-old daughter in St. Paul, crashes after pursuit in Minneapolis

The incident involved both police departments in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

police lights

Boys aged 15, 16 arrested after shooting of teen in Woodbury

The victim suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Related

Wolves by the numbers: Thibodeau vs. Saunders

Ryan Saunders has made good impressions early in his coaching career.

Report: LeBron interested in Thibodeau joining Lakers' staff

The former Wolves coach is still collecting checks from Minnesota.

Wolves fire head coach Tom Thibodeau

Ryan Saunders will take over as the interim head coach.

Thibodeau stresses that Wolves aren't in a state of dysfunction

He also discussed Jimmy Butler's future with the team.

Tom Thibodeau laughs off reports of strife within Wolves

Thibs says he'll address any problems privately.

Dewayne Dedmon is a perfect fit for Tom Thibodeau and the Wolves

Tom Thibodeau has always had a stud defensive starting center. This guy could be that for Minnesota.

Dewayne Dedmon is a perfect fit for Tom Thibodeau and the Wolves

Tom Thibodeau has always had a stud defensive starting center. This guy could be that for Minnesota.