Mike Max’s News & Notes For 4/20

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Flip Saunders’ best bet with the Timberwolves might be to join the front office and serve as a backup plan as coach if Rick Adelman does not come back or has to take a leave during the year.

Another name that might interest Glen Taylor if they end up looking for a coach – Jerry Sloan.

Kobe Bryant’s Achilles injury means Derrick Williams won’t be able to train with him this summer as he had planned.

“That was pretty much half the reason why I was going to move out towards Orange County,” Williams said. “I’m sure he has a lot of other things to do, you know, try to rehab and things like that. So I think my plans have changed a little bit since then.”

Joel Maturi traveled to China to help them understand what it takes to set up a college-like athletic department.

Edina basketball coach Pat Dorsey resigned to watch his son play more next season.

Joe Mauer is hitting like Joe Mauer this year. After missing two weeks for the World Baseball Tour this spring, his toughest adjustment is a new rotation.

Part of the Gopher basketball staff is in Anaheim to watch Tyus Jones in an AAU tournament.

Former Columbia Heights star Zach Loften is heading to Illinois State.

Don’t think Christian Ponder getting married during the season wasn’t seen as a distraction to teammates.

Nick Bjugstad has seen playing time, but has not scored since joining the Florida Panthers.

Gopher cornerback Michael Carter knows his key to making it in the NFL will be in the open field.

“I think I did really well in my quick exchange, like short shuttles,” Carter said.

And Zach Parise is not only a key member of the Wild, but he’s also a big Twins fan – even taken batting practice at Target Field.

“I’m more of a singles/doubles hitter,” Parise said. “Beat-out infield singles, yeah, that’s more my style.”

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