Dysfunctional organizations do… dysfunctional things. The latest gaffe comes from Minnesota, as the Timberwolves abruptly fired president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas after two seasons with the team.
“Wtf…” Wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns tweeted after the news dropped.
Now, details are emerging: New owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez evaluated Rosas’ performance throughout the summer, and per ESPN, Rosas was having a relationship with a team employee, prompting an internal investigation.
Why it matters: Karl-Anthony Towns appeared shocked by the news, and it certainly isn’t the first time Minnesota’s brass didn’t consult their superstar before making a significant move. When head coach Ryan Saunders was fired in February, KAT told reporters he learned the same time as “the rest of y’all.”
That’s obviously a problem on its own. But it goes deeper for a franchise with the worst winning percentage of all teams in the four major North American sports — and with one postseason appearance in the past 17 years. Continuity is crucial when building a winning culture. The Timberwolves haven’t had that.
On the bright side: Sachin Gupta — formerly VP of basketball operations — will assume Rosas’ role. He’s the first Indian American to run a basketball organization. Gupta was initially hired under Rosas after stints with the Pistons and Rockets, but the analytical mastermind is best known for creating the NBA Trade Machine when he worked at ESPN in 2006.
Otherwise, training camp begins in a week, and the Wolves are reportedly pursuing disgruntled Sixers star Ben Simmons. What happens now?