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Jim Souhan: Gersson Rosas failed for Timberwolves. What should they do next?

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Taylor? No.

The new owners — Mark Lore and Rodriguez, who have no basketball experience? No. Not yet, at least.

My recommendation: Give Gupta an honest chance, a full season in which to prove himself.

He's in the best position to pour bleach on Rosas' mess. He's experienced, and he created ESPN's trade machine, which allows fans to calculate what NBA trades can work financially. The average fan, using the trade machine, might have done better work than most Timberwolves GMs.

What Taylor, Lore and Rodriguez should realize is that the best example of how to run a basketball organization is in their own building.

 

In 2010, Taylor hired Cheryl Reeve to coach the Minnesota Lynx. Today, she is taking the Lynx into the playoffs for the 11th straight season, having won four WNBA titles. She's also the general manager, and was named the league's executive of the year after her first season in that role.

Reeve combines expertise and leadership. The Wolves need to hire a general manager with both qualifications.

Hire the right person to run your business, and you can sleep well at night, instead of fueling decades of organizational nightmares.

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