May 06, 2019 11:25 AM
The Minnesota Timberwolves introduced the team's new president of basketball operations at a press conference Monday morning.
The team officially announced last week that Houston Rockets executive Gersson Rosas had been hired for the job, which had been vacant since the organization parted ways with Tom Thibodeau in January.
The 40-year-old Rosas spent 17 years with the Rockets, including the last seven as executive vice president of basketball operations.
On Monday, Rosas, team owner Glen Taylor and team chief executive officer Ethan Casson were all on hand to meet the media.
"I'm excited to be here," Rosas said. "I'm excited about the opportunity that lies ahead."
Taylor said he was excited about bringing Rosas on board.
"We wanted someone who can work with the entire staff," Taylor said of his choice. "Not just the players, but the entire organization. We got a hard worker here. He's a person who has demonstrated that in the past."
The owner said Rosas sold him during the interview process.
"He knew our team," Taylor said. "He had worked very hard on it and put together a plan. And what I liked about it was he was positive."
Rosas said he saw playoff basketball in Minnesota first-hand when the Rockets faced the Timberwolves in the first round of the playoffs last season.
"I know how impactful that was," he said. "And that's what we want to get back to."
While Rosas said he learned a lot during his time in Houston, he said his focus now is on his new team.
"This is not going to be Houston north," he said. "It's going to be about Minnesota. We're going to build our own identity and our own organization."
Rosas said he believes the potential is in place to make the team a competitor in the NBA's Western Conference.
"The mandate from Glen is to build a world-class organization," he said. "That's going to be our focus. And there are a ton of resources in place to do that."
Updated: May 06, 2019 11:25 AM
Created: May 06, 2019 09:51 AM
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