Doug West on One of His ‘Best Coaches’
As the 2015-16 NBA season prepares to tip-off Tuesday night, the league is mourning the loss of Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Flip Saunders, who died Sunday of cancer at age 60. Two Penn Staters with NBA ties and a connection to Saunders are Doug West, the new coach at Penn State Altoona, and Calvin Booth ’98, who recently was promoted within the Timberwolves’ front office to director of player personnel.
West, an Altoona native who starred at Villanova from 1985-89, was a second-round draft pick of the Timberwolves in 1989 and played for Saunders in his final years with the team from 1995-98.
Back in August, we caught up with West for a story in our upcoming Nov./Dec. issue. Among the topics were the coaches he learned from throughout his 12-year playing career and subsequent time as a coach and mentor, including Saunders. Said West:
“I think Flip was a great technician. As far as offense, I think I’m pretty good on the offensive side of the game. He taught me a lot about the offensive side of the game—play designs, calling plays, options to plays, and counters to plays—that was second to none. He was one of the best coaches I played for.”
You can read more on West and his expectations for his upcoming debut season in the new issue.
Booth joined the Timberwolves in June 2013 as a scout and director of player programs. He previously worked as a scout, both pro and collegiate, with the New Orleans Hornets during the 2011-12 season.
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