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TWolves Interview Don Nelson
It’s official—the Minnesota Timberwolves will interview the “winningest NBA head coach in history”—Don Nelson. Nelson has been clamoring for an interview every since he heard of the vacancy and has stated how intrigued he is with all of the young talent the TWolves have been stockpiling the past few seasons.
The President of Operations: David Kahn and Owner: Glen Taylor will sit down with Nelson as their fifth candidate on Sunday. He’ll follow interviews of Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Bernie Bickerstaff and Rick Adelman.
Nelson has actually, reportedly, been in town all week long. Not really to prep for the interview, but maybe he flew from Hawaii to Minnesota to visit his daughter—a schoolteacher & see his grandkids who live in Minnetonka.
Nelson got started in the NBA in 1962 when he was selected in the third round of the 1962 NBA Draft—picked 17th overall, by the Chicago Zephyrs. He spent 14 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 1976. The next season he was already in a head coaching gig with the Milwaukee Bucks which lasted till 1987 (11 seasons!), then from 1988-1995 he was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, in 1997 he was hired by the Dallas Mavericks, where he coached until 2005, in 2006 he was re-hired by the Golden State Warriors until 2010, when he was fired and replaced by Keith Smart (who was fired this past summer and replaced by Mark Jackson).
In Nelson’s 29 years as a head coach he’s amassed a 1335-1063 coaching record (a .557 winning percentage).
Nelson’s fast paced-run n gun offense is assumably exactly what David Kahn has stated he wants in the Timberwolves new head coach, having the most wins in the history of the NBA on your resume SHOULD DEFINITELY help!
The interview will take place Sunday and Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune reports that the Timberwolves will interview a few more candidates following Nelson on Sunday—presumably early next week. Until then, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for all the up-to-date TWolves news, information & updates!! GO WOLVES!
TWolves Interview Rick Adelman
The Minnesota Timberwolves will interview their third head coach candidate Saturday with Pres. of Operations David Kahn & Owner Glen Taylor. Another elderly coaching candidate: Rick Adelman will get an interview.
Most are considering Rick Adelman a ‘dream hire’ for the Timberwolves that could very well be the answer to all their problems.
Rick Adelman, 65, began in the NBA as a player when he was selected in the 7th round of the 1968 NBA Draft—79th overall. He spent just six season in the League before retiring in 1975, but that was only the beginning for Adelman. In 1988 he returned to the NBA as a head coach for the Portland Trailblazers he was there from 88-93, from 1995-97 he coached the Golden State Warriors, from 1999-2006 he was the head coach of the Sacramento Kings and most recently from 2007-2011 he was the head coach of the Houston Rockets, before being ‘let go’ earlier this summer—and replaced by former Wolves GM & Head Coach—Kevin McHale.
In his 20 year coaching career, Adelman has amassed a 945-616 record (.605 winning percentage).
In my opinion this would definitely be the ideal hire for the Timberwolves, the other VERY intriguing candidate seems to be Don Nelson. My only concern with this process is that with the Wolves still owing Rambis over $4M, is owner Glen Taylor willing to shell out some cash to get a great head coach, or are we going to start all over again with bargain coach that’ll get the Wolves nowhere….?
That’s all for now, remember to check daily for all your TWolves news, information & updates—EVEN THROUGH THE LOCKOUT—though it will likely be just coaching candidate updates :) Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
TWolves Interview Bernie Bickerstaff
The Minnesota Timberwolves are about to interview their third NBA head coaching candidate.
Bernie Bickerstaff follows interviews of Terry Porter & Mike Woodson.
The Portland Trailblazers assistant will interview on Friday with President of Operations David Kahn & Owner Glen Taylor.
Bernie Bickerstaff is the father of former Timberwolves assistant J.B. Bickerstaff—who recently joined the coaching staff in Houston with former Wolves GM & Head Coach Kevin McHale.
Bernie is 67 years old and has ben a head coach with Seattle, Denver, Washington & Charlotte. He last coached for the Bobcat in 2007 when the team went 33-49. Bernie’s overall record stands at 415-517 in 13 seasons—with a .445 winning percentage. Bernie also has experience as a General Manager and a Team President.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to interview Don Nelson as well as a number of other candidates early next week.
That’s all for now, remember to check back daily for all your up-to-date TWolves news, information & updates all year round! Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
According to a report former Boston assistant and Nets head coach: Lawrence Frank will be the new Detroit Pistons head coach replacing John Kuester.
As such, Mike Woodson (former Atlanta Hawks head coach—the other candidate) is still available.
He’ll still be in the mix for the Timberwolves head coaching job. And if he doesn’t end up in Minnesota, there’s an outside chance that he’ll end up on the Boston Celtics bench as the defensive dynamo!
I think they made it clear for me that they wanted me the most. They had the most interest in me. They wanted me to be a part of their company, to jumpstart like Kemba made the jump, Brandon did. I felt like they wanted the most out of any company.
Timberwolves Rookie Derrick Williams on joining the “Under Armour Team” along with Bobcats Rookie Kemba Walker & Pistons Rookie Brandon Knight
TWolves Interview Mike Woodson
The Minnesota Timberwolves interviewed Terry Porter earlier this week (the full story on that can be found in the previous post(s)), but today David Kahn and owner Glen Taylor sat down with Mike Woodson as a potential Wolves head coach candidate.
As Kahn & Taylor sat down with Woodson, eleven of the Minnesota Timberwolves employees (on the business side of things) were laid off according to a report from the Associated Press. Many of the 11 employees were a part of the sales department and AP also reports that teams such as Charlotte among others, have begun to do the same amidst the NBA lockout.
Back to Mike Woodson, though. Mike Woodson is the former Atlanta Hawks head coach. Before all that however, Mike Woodson was an NBA player spending 11 seasons in the Association. He was selected 12th overall in the 1980 NBA Draft to the New York Knicks he played with the Knicks from 80-81, with the Nets from 81-82, with the Kings from 82-86, the Clippers 86-88, 88-91 with the Rockets and just 1991 with the Cavaliers.
He’s only had the one head coaching job—with the Atlanta Hawks from 2004-2010. His career coaching records stands at 206-286.
Woodson’s defensive mindset is certainly what the Timberwolves need in order to become the outstanding team they’re capable of being, but David Kahn has been adamant that he wants a coach with a real up-tempo style of playing to get Ricky Rubio and all these young athletic guys up and down the court in a hurry.—Most would disagree that this is what the TWolves should be doing—I agree they should play a little more uptempo, but if that’s the case, they need to have an incredibly strong D, ‘run n gun’ only gets you so far!
Woodson was fired (or rather not resigned) before last season (and replaced by then assistant coach Larry Drew) after the Atlanta Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Orlando Magic in an 0-4 sweep.
Woodson is also one of the last two candidates for the Detroit Pistons job—taking over for John Kuester who was fired a month or so ago (Boston assistant and former Nets head coach—Lawrence Frank is the ‘other candidate’).
That’s all for now, stay tuned for all your TWolves news, information & updates even through the lockout! Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Terry Porter got an interview with the Wolves earlier this week and it seems as though that Mike Woodson (former Atlanta Hawks coach and currently a strong possibility for the Detroit job) will get an interview today (Tues. 7/19).
Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune also added that Don Nelson is likely to get an interview with the Wolves, though he’s gone quiet recently so as not to “do anything to offend Kahn”.
Other candidates include Rick Adelman (no word on any interviews yet) & Bernie Bickerstaff (this plan may have fluttered out the window when J.B. Bickerstaff moved to Houston to work with Kevin McHale).
TWolves Interview Terry Porter
The Minnesota Timberwolves finally fired Kurt Rambis and as such, they’ve begun the search for a new head coach—preferably someone with a ‘fast break gameplan’.
The search is underway and the Wolves have interview their first candidate: Terry Porter.
Terry Porter—a former player, played 17 seasons in the NBA—the former 24th overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft, he went to the Portland Trailblazers till 1995. From 1995-98 he played for none other than the Minnesota Timberwolves, 1998-99 for the Miami Heat and his final years from 1999-2002 with the San Antonio Spurs.
Also on Porter’s resume—a 2-time NBA all-star in 1991 & 1993 as well as the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1993. His career statistics in his 17-year career include: 15,586 points, 3,872 rebounds and 7,160 assists.
Porter is also experienced on the pine as well. His coaching career includes stops as a head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2003-05 and with the Phoenix Suns from 2008-09. His overall record in those three years is 99-116 (.460).
Porter’s skills and experience as a point guard make Porter an ideal fit for the Timberwolves who just added point guard Ricky Rubio as the Wolves. According to President of Operations: David Kahn, will look to ‘run’ this season, which would obviously contradict Porter’s hard nosed-defensive mindset (which is something that many (including myself) believe the Wolves REALLY NEED).
Other candidates for the head coaching job includes: Don Nelson, Rick Adelman & Bernie Bickerstaff as well as Memphis assistant: Dave Joerger. None of which have gotten interviews—though according to the Star Tribune Don Nelson talked with David Kahn on the phone for over 40 minutes and they’ll talk again.
That’s all for now, as the lockout goes on and the coaching search moves forward stay tuned all year round for the up-to-date TWolves news, information and updates—lockout or not! Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Really throughout my career, what I’ve done is taken teams with bad records and with every situation I’ve made them better. I like to be around young players. I’ve had great success with bad teams, getting them on the right track, getting them to max out. I have a great history there.
Potential hire for the Minnesota Timberwolves head coaching vacancy—Don Nelson
I don’t feel older than 50. I don’t feel my age. I may look it. I may act it. But I don’t feel it.
71-year-old Don Nelson on his age (he’d be the oldest basketball coach in the history of the NBA if hired in Minnesota)
They have an opening and I don’t have a job. I’m a lifer. I love basketball. I don’t know how else to put it.
Don Nelson, 71, on possibly returning to the NBA as a head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves
(Rambis) was put in limbo for a while by our front office. They took their time and weighted all their options. Kurt’s going to find another opportunity. He’s going to get another job soon. As far as us having a young team, we’re going to need, I won’t say a disciplinarian, but a guy who can teach us how to win and has been there and done that.
Minnesota Timberwolves all-star forward Kevin Love on Rambis’ firing and what he traits he believes the next head coach should possess