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NBA players criticize Wolves for not promoting David Vanterpool to interim coach

NBA players criticize Wolves for not promoting David Vanterpool to interim coach

On Sunday night, the Minnesota Timberwolves relieved Ryan Saunders of his head coaching duties and replaced him with Chris Finch, who was serving as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.

Shortly after Finch's hire was reported, a number of NBA players expressed their disappointment that David Vanterpool wasn't given a shot as the Timberwolves' interim head coach. Vanterpool is Minnesota's associate head coach and he's interviewed for a number of NBA head-coaching jobs in recent years. 

The player who led the charge was Damian Lillard, who played under Vanterpool for seven years when he was an assistant coach on the Portland Trail Blazers. (Vanterpool played a crucial role in the development of Lillard and CJ McCollum).

Other players were quick to agree with Lillard and chimed in on Twitter.

Vanterpool played overseas for many years prior to making the transition to coaching. He's widely regarded as one of the best up-and-coming assistants in the NBA.

The Timberwolves are currently 7-24, which is the worst record in the NBA. Minnesota has the NBA's 20th-ranked defense (allowing 110.3 points per 100 possessions) and the 28th-ranked offense (scoring 103.7 points per 100 possessions).

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