Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Rick Adelman made his second trip to the Twin Cities in as many days and there's still been no offer made for him to succeed Kurt Rambis as the Minnesota Timberwolves new head coach.
Adelman arrived on Monday night and had dinner with President of Operations David Kahn (who is also Adelman's neighbor in Portland). Tuesday he visited Glen Taylor--who he didn't meet with the first time he was in town, because Taylor wasn't feeling well.
As of right now, the candidate list remains: Terry Porter, Don Nelson, Sam Mitchell, Bernie Bickerstaff, Rick Adelman & Larry Brown. Mike Woodson, interviewed as well, but he recently accepted a position with the Knicks as an assistant alongside Mike D'Antoni (full story below).
Rick Adelman has been the clear favorite for the job from the beginning, which makes it surprising that he still hasn't received any offer yet, especially after two different visits to Minnesota. Of course, as noted before, the Timberwolves are in no rush to hire someone, who they'll pay to do...nothing, during the lockout--which has no end in sight.
Fans & Players alike are becoming anxious about who'll be the new TWolves head coach. New Point Guard: Ricky Rubio even joked via Twitter whether they can refer to Adelman as their new coach yet.
That's all for now, but I'm sure it won't be too long before we've got some more news on the coaching search. Feel free to catch up; under the coach search tab, on all our posts and updates!! Thanks for reading and GO WOLVES!
Tomorrow Rick Adelman will be back in the Twin Cities to meet with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor.
The last time Adelman was in town, Taylor was unable to meet with Adelman because of his health issues.
Adelman, of course, has spent the past four seasons with the Houston Rockets, but it was reported that Adelman was fired in part because of a non-existent relationship with Rockets owner Les Alexander. Former TWolves GM: Kevin McHale was hired as the new Rockets coach earlier this summer.
Part of Adelman's reluctance to be the next Timberwolves head coach is his family who lives in Portland Oregon. They didn't relocate to Houston when he became the Rockets head coach, so Rick Adelman is concerned about living in Minnesota without his family during an NBA season.
As noted before, the Timberwolves are in no rush to hire a new coach with the ongoing lockout--and no end to 'it' in sight.
That's all for now, stay tuned for your Timberwolves news, information & updates all year round. GO WOLVES!
The Timberwolves coaching search candidates just slimmed down a bit as news has broke that Mike Woodson--the former Atlanta Hawks head coach has signed on to be an assistant with the New York Knicks alongside Mike D'Antoni.
Woodson is adamant that he's not going to be a 'defensive specialist' for the Knicks as he insists that's not the only facet of the game he'll help New York with.
The list of remaining candidates include: Terry Porter, Larry Brown, Bernie Bickerstaff, Sam Mitchell, Don Nelson & Rick Adelman--with Adelman being considered the frontrunner.
Mike Woodson was fired after six seasons in Atlanta improving the Hawks every year. He was replaced by Larry Drew and took the 2010-11 NBA season 'off'. He was one of the final two candidates in the Detroit Pistons job, but Lawrence Frank was hired instead as the new Piston head coach. Word was Woodson was also being considered as a Boston Celtics assistant next to head coach Doc Rivers (Larry Brown is also a name that has surfaced as a Celtic assistant).
That's all for now, remember to stay tuned all year round for TWolves news, information & updates. GO WOLVES!
Well, if the 2011-12 NBA season ever starts we may not have to have much debate on who will be starting at the 3 for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
A report from HoopChina states that TWolves forward Beasley may have injured his wrist while playing on a tour through China. Some reports have him fracturing it while others say he's broken it. If that's the case Beasley could easily miss the start of the season (if it starts on time), making room for the second overall pick in last months draft: Derrick Williams to start at the small forward.
There still hasn't been a confirmation on whether Beasley has or has not broken or fractured his wrist, hopefully we'll have a report soon.
Before he broke his wrist, Beasley was working on a 32-point game alongside teammate Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics.
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for TWolves news, information & updates all year round. GO WOLVES!
Rick Adelman is the frontrunner for the Minnesota Timberwolves head coaching job--in fact it's been reported that the job is his for the taking.
Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune has said that his presence at the interview last week means that the Timberwolves have already agreed to his pay range of: $4M-$6M. Zgoda has also said, via Twitter that Adelman becoming the next TWolves head coach has become serious the past few weeks for a variety of reasons. The first: the TWolves willing to pay Adelman his asking price. Secondly, the fact that the Timberwolves would be willing to accept Adelman's decision on his coaching staff. And of course, lastly, Adelman's long-standing relationship with Timberwolves all-star power forward: Kevin Love (who play HS basketball in Portland with Adelman's son).
Of course, the coaching search charade will likely continue, for one simple reason: The Timberwolves are in no hurry to pay someone millions of dollars to do nothing. Until the lockout end is in sight, expect the coaching search/negotiation to press on.
Will Rick Adelman be the next Minnesota Timberwolves head coach? Do you think someone else should be? One of the other candidates? Someone else?
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily as WeeblyWolves is constantly putting out stories all year round. Want up-to-the-minute updates--follow me on Twitter @donnycersado27. GO WOLVES!
The Minnesota Timberwolves' starting power forward--first year all-star & Most Improved Player of the Year: Kevin Love.
The NBA all-star didn't have it as easy in his volleyball debut where he lost in the first round of the Manhattan Beach Open.
Love and his partner (Hans Stolfus) were the lowest seeded players who faced the top seeded players: Sean Scott & John Hyden. Scott & Hyden had won last week's tournament in Hermosa Beach and are undefeated this summer. Scott & Hyden handed Love & Stolfus a 21-16, 21-15 defeat.
"Obviously getting beat is never fun, but being competitive, playing against the best team in the country, a team that hasn't lost all summer, was a lot of fun. It's like having a good basketball sense, you got to have a good court sense out there and for me, I haven't spent enough time out there on the volleyball court to really know," said Love.
Standing 6-10 (which is a bit embellished--more like 6-8) Kevin Love was easily the tallest player in the tournament as he spiked numerous balls down.
"We both said, 'Let's have as much fun as possible,'" Stolfus said. "If we went in too serious we'd put too much pressure on." Obviously he (Love) needs a lot of work, he came along pretty well for never playing before.""It's addicting," said Love, who practiced just 10 times before his debut in one of the oldest beach volleyball tournaments in the world. "It's an excuse to get on the beach and near the ocean. I definitely want to keep playing, see how good I can get. These guys, they have their 10,000 hours in, so I'm kind of struggling in that regard," he said.
Love practiced with Jesse Rambis--the son of former Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis--who was fired this summer after two seasons in the Twin Cities. Jesse played volleyball at UCLA and is currently a part of the pro tour.
Love has certainly been keeping busy during the lockout with not only volleyball, but also returning to UCLA, where Love has stated that on his 23rd birthday he'll finally be a sophomore! Also attending UCLA is former teammate Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder & Cleveland Cavalier Baron Davis.
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for all your TWolves news, information & updates all year round. Follow me on Twitter for the up-to-date stories on everything Minnesota Timberwolves! GO WOLVES!
'According to Joe Scmit--the sports director of KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, "Adelman is definitely interested in Wolves job, from great source, he has made calls to line up potential assistants."
Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune added, that if Adelman is indeed lining up assistants--names to watch include: Jack Sikma, T.R. Dunn & Adelman's son R.J. Zgoda also added via Twitter that when the Timberwolves hired Flip Saunders, Glen Taylor paid him a lot of money in order to lead that young-promising team. Therefore he could very well--do the same this time...
As noted in the previous post--Adelman was finally brought to the Twin Cities on Tuesday for a face-to-face interview with Glen Taylor & David Kahn.
With Joe Scmit's report of Adelman being definitely interested in the head coaching job--that contradicts earlier reports that have stated that Adelman is interested in coaching at all next season (if there is a season).
I'm sure this isn't the last we'll hear of Adelman and Minnesota! Stay tuned all year round for your up-to-date TWolves news, information & updates. GO WOLVES!
Rick Adelman was finally convinced to fly to the Twin Cities to meet with the Timberwolves' Kahn & Taylor about the head coaching job. Adelman has been the consensus favorite for the job since the beginning.
The other two top candidates have been noted as: Don Nelson & Sam Mitchell. Nelson of course is a three-time Coach of the Year and the winningest coach in NBA history. Mitchell is a former Wolf as well as a Coach of the Year during his tenure as head coach with the Toronto Raptors.
Rick Adelman originally talked at great length with President of Basketball Operations David Kahn (who is actually a neighbor of Adelman--in Portland Oregon). However, the TWolves finally convinced the legendary coach to come to town to meet in person.
Before Adelman's interview on Tuesday, Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune questioned whether they'd let him leave town without an offer. Well, Adelman came Tuesday morning to the Twin Cities & left late Tuesday afternoon...no offer made. That of course doesn't mean the Wolves aren't still interested in him running the team next season (considering there is a season!).
The Timberwolves stated in late-July that they'd have made a coaching decision, in early August. As we now move into late-August, the Wolves are still without a coach. Is there an end in sight? Well, the Wolves are clearly in no rush while the NBA lockout has held NBA fans hostage for almost sixty days!
Ultimately the job is Adelman's if he wants it and if the Wolves are willing to pay him the $4M+ that he'd likely command. Word is, one coaching peer figures the Timberwolves must offer 4-years, $20M to get Adelman to sign on the dotted line. It was noted early last week that if Sam Mitchell doesn't get the head coaching position, he'd likely receive an offer to be an assistant coach, now that his contract as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets has expired.
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for TWolves news, information & updates all year round--yes, even during the lockout. GO WOLVES!
The Minnesota Timberwolves will finally meet face-to-face with Rick Adelman later today. Adelman is one of seven candidates that are in-line to be the next Minnesota Timberwolves head coach--after Kurt Rambis was fired earlier this summer.
Adelman was the only candidate who didn't meet with David Kahn & Glen Taylor face-to-face, instead talking with David Kahn at length on the phone.
Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Larry Brown, Bernie Bickerstaff, Don Nelson and Sam Mitchell are the other six candidates who all met in person with Kahn & Taylor.
It's been noted that the strongest candidates are Don Nelson--three time coach of the year & the winningest coach in NBA history. Larry Brown who is just behind Nelson's 1335 wins with 1275 of his own as well as a 2004 championship ring--with the Detroit Pistons. Sam Mitchell former Wolves player & Coach of the Year with Toronto.
Adelman has voiced that he doesn't intend to coach in the NBA next season, while he'll take at least a year off after his stint in Houston that ended this summer, when the Rockets fired him and hired former Wolves GM & head coach: Kevin McHale.
In 20 seasons as an NBA head coach, Adelman has missed the playoffs just 4 times (the last two years with Houston). Adelman is considered the front runner for the job because of his connection with Kahn as well as Kevin Love (who grew up and played high school basketball in Portland OR).
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily for TWolves news, information & updates. You can also look under the Coach Search tab for all the heading coach search information & updates. GO WOLVES!
David Kahn certainly seems to enjoy dragging situations out or he's being extremely thorough. The Timberwolves are still in the midst of their coaching search.
Kahn definitely dragged out the Kurt Rambis situation to an incredible extent--stringing him along for months & months after the Timberwolves season had ended.
Now with almost two months of searching and seven potential candidates--we have to assume a decision is in the near future--hopefully the very near future. More so, just to get the decision over with so these seven candidates and Timberwolves fans will finally have a decision.
These seven candidates that we've talked about at great lengths the past two months (see under 'Coach Search' tab) include: Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Don Nelson, Bernie Bickerstaff, Rick Adelman, Sam Mitchell & Larry Brown.
These seven candidates have basically been narrowed down to three candidats (unofficially). Those three? Rick Adelman, Don Nelson & Sam Mitchell.
As stated a thousand times before--Rick Adelman is the favorite for the job. It's basically up to him if he wants the job--he's been adamant that he wants to take a year off from the coaching grind--however an offer upwards of $4M could be convincing enough...
If it's not Adelman then Kahn & Taylor will move on to Don Nelson or Sam Mitchell. The Winningest Coach in NBA History--Don Nelson would be the choice of David Kahn & former TWolves player, former Raptors coach & former Coach of the Year: Sam Mitchell would be Owner Glen Taylor's choice.
It was originally stated that a decision would likely be made in the first week of August! However, we're now moving into the fourth week of August and still NOTHING!
The Timberwolves could certainly wait under the end of the lockout is a little clearer and closer. I just hope that a decision will come in the next few weeks AND that, that decision will be...SAM MITCHELL!
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check back daily all year round for TWolves news, information and updates. Also feel free to browse through the rest of what WeeblyWolves has to offer from the tabs above! GO WOLVES!
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