From: Mahtomedi, MN
ORIGINAL: David Levine
Here’s what I’m reasonably sure of: Butler and Thibs are gone. Unless KAT and Leon Rose do a 180 within the next 24 hours it’s only a question of when and how. That being said, this is still the Timberwolves and Glen could try rolling with the status quo because he doesn’t have access to the type of personnel that would make a change worthwhile. Also, they have a game tomorrow night and the 2 of 3 main assistants are Thibs guys who either may not want to stick around. All 4 main assistants (those two plus Ryan and John Lucas III) aren’t going to be considered for any long term head coaching position so they may not want to take a very short interim job. I know they’ve been making a shit ton of calls and the speculation as to why there isn’t a public response is because logistically they have zero time to make a change and holy crap they have a game tomorrow night.
Now, all of this is being presented by people who aren’t in the main room. From what I’ve been told that room containsTaylor, Thibs, Layden, Croom, and the CEO Casson making the main decisions. My guess is based on what I’ve been told about what office personnel are able to see in terms of who is asked to be, say, reassuring Lizhang Jiang and Terri Popp that things are going to be ok or to find the contact information for this, that, or the other organization.
Also, this is going to cost a shit ton to buy out and replace.
That’s all I got. I think you’d be surprised at how many people over there are watching the twitter machine just like we are. Also, everybody is a secret spy for someone (local bloggers, family friends, reporters, you name it) and none of them let anybody else know who is talking to who about what. Most of the ones I know are asking me what I know so the decision making circle must be very small.
Everybody is waiting around to find out what comes next and they’re feeding the RUMINT mill and mostly it’s just a lot of downtime until the (whatever) happens.
Finally, if Jeff Munneke doesn’t write a book about the history of the team when he retires he’s doing the world a great disservice.
Jeff Munneke is a great guy. He was part of my all-time greatest sports moment when I actually got him to turn down the volume on the sound at Target Center during a game. I have never and will never felt as powerful......
That's great -- and I know a little of the feeling. I used to operate video boards for the Twins as a part-time job during my school years. Hitting a button and seeing 30,000+ people stand up and start yelling in response -- yeah, it felt good.