MINNEAPOLIS — As Tom Thibodeau talked about his team’s decision and rationale in selecting Providence’s Kris Dunn in the first round of NBA 2K17 MT Coins , your eyes kept drifting upward.Up toward some second-story window or balcony where Thibodeau’s boss and maybe the boss’s boss would be watching from on high, if they weren’t already sitting next to him at the table.
But there was nothing. No one. This was it: Thibodeau at the head table and next to him, literally his right-hand man Scott Layden.The brain trust. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ entirely new and extremely flat front-office hierarchy.It is the NBA’s latest version of San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford or, if that’s a little lofty at this early stage, Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower.
With Thibodeau as both the Wolves’ new head coach and president of basketball operations and longtime friend Layden as his general manager, Minnesota has embarked on a new era of on-court and off-court leadership, concentrating on two men in power more typically spread among three, four or five.