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Continued: Souhan: Razing the Wolves is radical, but the right plan

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 23, 2014 - 12:45 PM

Blatt played at Princeton under the famous Pete Carril. He played professionally in Israel. He has been the professional coach of the year in Israel and Russia, which he led to a EuroBasket title in 2007 over reigning Euro power Spain.

In 2012, he led an unimpressive Russian roster to the bronze medal in London, and he recently led a mediocre Maccabi Tel Aviv team to a Euroleague championship, a dramatic upset.

Saunders could make a safer choice than Blatt. But the imminent trade of Love allows the Wolves to think long-term. They’re not going to win anything next year without Love. They need to hire a coach who can make the most of a mediocre roster, and build the scaffolding of a winner.

Joerger might remind Flip of himself. Blatt would remind longtime Wolves fans of Bill Musselman, a coach who would fight to keep his team in every game, whatever the odds.

They could do worse.

We have proof.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. jsouhan@startribune.com

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