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Timberwolves name Bryan Gates assistant coach

Timberwolves name Bryan Gates assistant coach

Updated: July 05, 2019 11:44 AM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have announced another assistant coach as the team continues to round out its staff around Head Coach Ryan Saunders.

On Friday, the team named Bryan Gates as an assistant coach. Gates spent the past three seasons with the Sacramento Kings. This is Gates' second stint in Minnesota, as he previously was an assistant coach with the Wolves for the 2015-16 season.

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"Bryan has extensive and diverse coaching experience that will be vital to our staff," said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas. "He has spent a lot of time with a number of great coaching minds and has head coach and professional experience in a number of different leagues. He brings a unique perspective to our team and we look forward to his contributions this season."

"Having worked with Bryan for a season, I gained tremendous respect for his basketball acumen and ability to work with players," said Saunders. "I saw firsthand how he creates relationships with players and coaches, as well his attention to detail and ability to teach the game. We are excited to have him on our staff."

Gates served as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans from 2010-15 and began his NBA career as an assistant coach with the Kings in 2009-10. Prior to that, Gates had a successful three-year (2006-09) stint as head coach in the NBA G League with the Idaho Stampede. He was a two-time recipient of the Dennis Johnson Development League Coach of the Year award (2006-07, 2007-08), and compiled a record of 101-51 (.644), tied for the highest winning percentage in league history. Under his leadership, the Stampede won the 2007-08 NBA G League Championship. He also has experience coaching in the USBL and the CBL, and has been named coach of the year in each league.

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