Saunders' rapid rise is no surprise to those who know him best


Spencer Tollackson remembers being AAU teammates with Ryan Saunders during their teenage years.

Sometimes, Tollackson would play alongside Saunders. Other times, during practice, he would be coached by him. As...

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders reacts to an officials call during the second half Tuesday, Jan. 8, against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Minnesota won 119-117 to get the win in Saunders' coaching debut. Alonzo Adams / USA TODAY Sports

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