NBA commissioner calls Mayo Clinic Square the 'gold standard'


The Timberwolves' and Lynx's new practice facility earned high praise from a high-ranking basketball official: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

Silver was in Minneapolis Wednesday for the grand opening of The Courts at Mayo Clinic Square – a 20,000-square-foot sports medicine facility in the former downtown Minneapolis Block E site, that includes practice courts for the professional teams, corporate offices, a public sports medicine center and more.

Speaking at the ceremony, Silver said "this is how championship organizations are built," according to a Timberwolves tweet.

Silver, the Business Journal reports, also said he'd "love" to have an All-Star game in Minneapolis once the Target Center's $130 million renovation project is complete.

Silver was joined at the ceremony by WNBA President Laurel Richie, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, and President and CEO of Mayo Clinic Dr. John Noseworthy.

The partnership between Mayo Clinic and the Timberowlves and Lynx extends beyond sharing a space. Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine is the teams' exclusive provider of medical services.

Richie, who has served as the WNBA's president for more than four years, applauded the equal treatment the Lynx have received as part of the partnership.

Speaking at the ceremony, Taylor said he "couldn't be more proud to have a Minnesota institution" partnered with the teams, according to multiple tweets.

Noseworthy offered similar sentiments, saying:

Mayo Clinic Square was announced in February of 2014. The sports medicine center was completed in October, with the practice courts and other areas taking longer to complete.

Glen Taylor talks Timberwolves

Taylor also made some comments about the basketball team he owns.

Andy Greder with the Pioneer Press tweeted Taylor said the plan is to bring Karl Anthony-Towns and Kahlil Okafor in for a workout before next Thursday's NBA Draft.

He also weighed in on the Wolves' coaching situation, saying:

One of the candidates thought to be a possibility to replace current head coach Saunders, Mike Malone, was hired by the Denver Nuggets earlier this week.

Saunders, for his part, told the Star Tribune's Jerry Zgoda the new facility has already attracted some players here for some work during the offseason.

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