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The international experience and worldly perspective of newly hired Minnesota Timberwolves coach Chris Finch were what intrigued president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas.
During Monday’s introductory news conference, Rosas welcomed the former Toronto Raptors assistant to try to turn things around after firing Ryan Saunders following Sunday’s loss to the Knicks in New York.
“The things that he’s done coaching all around the world at different levels, those experiences, I think, are very relevant to our current game,” Rosas said. “We play a very international game in the NBA, and the experience that Chris has, the perspective that he has, the time that he’s been a head coach outside of the NBA, an assistant in the NBA as well, I think those perspectives, those expertise are really important for our organization on both sides of the floor.”
In addition to Finch’s stops in Houston, Denver, New Orleans and Toronto as an assistant, he also served as a head coach of the Rockets’ G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who won the 2010 championship.
Internationally, he coached in England, Germany and Belgium.
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