Just over 12 hours have passed since the Minnesota Timberwolves won the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery and selected the No. 1 spot for the first time in franchise history. Naturally, most Twin Cities media hubs want to get their moment with head coach Flip Saunders.
The coach slated time with Sid Hartman (WCCO), Paul Allen (KFAN) and Judd Zulgad (ESPN1500) all before 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
For those of you unable to listen in, I've put together some of the top Twitter posts to summarize Saunders' conversation with PA. First, Saunders reflected on the lottery and being given the first overall pick:
On @PAOnTheMic Flip just mentioned "are they a 2 way player" when talking traits and assessing who they will take #1.— Andrew Renschen (@InfraRen) May 20, 2015
Flip: "We thought we could've been fighting for a playoff spot if everyone was healthy, and we're going to try to do that this next year."— KFAN1003 (@KFAN1003) May 20, 2015
Flip with @PAOnTheMic "We're going to be good."— Alan Horton (@WolvesRadio) May 20, 2015
Flip on Jahlil Okafor: "Best footwork since Tim Duncan."— KFAN1003 (@KFAN1003) May 20, 2015
Flip on Karl Anthony Towns: "2-way player, great kid, best defensive player at protecting rim, defending pick-n-roll in draft."— KFAN1003 (@KFAN1003) May 20, 2015
The next natural question focused on veteran Kevin Garnett and his future (or lack thereof) with the team. Saunders answered the following:
Not a huge surprise but Flip confirms to @PAOnTheMic that KG has told him he wants to return to the #twolves next season.— Alan Horton (@WolvesRadio) May 20, 2015
And last but not least, of course, Wolves fans are wondering about the continued presence--and health--of Ricky Rubio. To wrap things up, Saunders offered this comment on the point guard:
Flip on Ricky Rubio: "First, get healthy. You always want to get better on skills, but he can also dominate a game without scoring a lot."— KFAN1003 (@KFAN1003) May 20, 2015
You can bet there will be plenty of media attention, rumors and speculation surrounding Saunders and the Timberwolves leading up to June 25.
For Wolves fans, this could feel like an incredibly long six weeks.