Timberwolves coach Chris Finch says ‘ownership impacts winning in a lot of different ways’

Timberwolves coach Chris Finch has yet to talk to the franchise’s new prospective owners, Alex Rodriguez and Marc Lore.

But he did speak with current owner Glen Taylor on Sunday.

“He’s excited. We’re excited to welcome in new owners to what’s looking like a really dynamic ownership group over the next couple of years,” Finch said. “That doesn’t change our mission. Our mission is to still try to build a winning team here, and that’s a day by day procedure.”

Finch said Taylor was assuring that the ownership transition — with Taylor remaining in his current position until 2023 — will be “smooth.”

“And that it’s his intention to give everybody the best chance for success here,” Finch said. “He’s excited about the opportunities that are ahead, and we talked about our team and as it stands right now.”

Finch said Rodriguez brings “some sex appeal to the organization, the city, to the team.”

“I think the more skill sets and personality types you can bring to any kind of leadership group, the more it’s going to be reflected in the overall mission,” Finch said. “Ownership impacts winning in a lot of different ways. You have to be able to be all on the same page with a shared vision. That comes from the top. It’s about having the vision and the resources and the patience and the leadership and all the things that it takes for any organization to be successful, and that trickles down all the way through to the team on the floor.”

Expect Finch to have a relationship with the new owners moving forward. He doesn’t think coaching his team and developing relationships throughout the organization are two things that need to be “mutually exclusive.”

“I think you can do both. I think it’s always been my approach, whether it be Europe or the minor leagues or anywhere else, even as an assistant, to have relationships with ownership. You want them to feel intimately involved with the process, the team and everything else that goes around it,” Finch said. “You want them to be an active partner. So it’s been kind of an open-door policy for me. I’m not the type that’s going to try to exclude them from their own team. And again, that’s super high level. My job is to coach the team and make the players as best as possible. That’s my day job, and that’s what I focus 99 percent of my time on.”

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