Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently in the midst of a coaching search to replace Kurt Rambis who as fired after two seasons and a 32-132 record.
The TWolves have contacted/interviewed the following candidates: Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Don Nelson, Rick Adelman, Larry Brown & Bernie Bickerstaff.
You can check under the coach search tab for a look at the candidates as well as a story on who the Wolves missed out on (Kevin McHale, Mark Jackson, Mike Brown, Dwayne Casey & Lawrence Frank).
So let's take a quick look at who could still be contacted...
JEFF VAN GUNDY
The former New York Knicks and former Houston Rockets coach and current NBA analyst could certainly be a target for the Wolves this offseason. Van Gundy has expressed interest in returning to coaching in an interview with Bill Simmons in 2009. He’s got a 748-430 overall record in his career.
Recently retired he was practically forced out by star point guard: Deron Williams (who was later traded to New Jersey). There are conflicting reports, but Williams certainly clashed with the legendary Sloan and a great coach like him can only take so much from his cocky star guard. Sloan is a longshot--but it would certainly be worth a shot, though I'm skeptical that he'd want to come to a rebuilder like Minnesota.
He recently accepted a lead assistant job with Kevin McHale down with the Houston Rockets. Though a report says it won't become official until the lockout ends, which means the TWolves could target him. Sampson of course was a name that came up early in the coaching search--before Rambis was officially fired. It'd be a longshot, considering he's in line to be in Houston next season, but there's a shot.
Ewing has been adamant that he'd like a shot at a head coaching gig after a number of years in Orlando under Jeff Van Gundy--while helping develop the NBA's most dominant center (no question...now that Shaq's retired): Dwight Howard. Ewing would be able to develop big men: Kevin Love, Michael Beasley & Derrick Williams even further and may be able to get a little more out of Darko Milicic.
Budenholzer is currently the lead assistant to Gregg Poppovich in San Antonio. As such Budenholzer is the obvious successor to Gregg, whenever he finally decides to retire as such it's unlikely he'd leave San Antonio for 'browner pastures'. However, there's always a chance and anyone whose worked under a legend like Poppovich would be a worthy candidate.
The Louisville head coach has coached in the NBA before with both the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. In 412 total games as an NBA head coach he's accumulated a 192-220 record (a .466 winning percentage). Pitino is currently the head coach for the collegiate team: Louisville. He's a longshot, but I doubt he's worth a shot.
Mike has been adamant he doesn't care to make the jump to the NBA. He didn't even want to talk with the Los Angeles Lakers when they were replacing Phil Jackson. This is the LONGEST shot of them all. Mike's overall collegiate record of 900-284 is simply astounding. This is without a doubt--NOT A CHANCE.
This is the fans choice for the Timberwolves head coaching vacancy. Mitchell played for the Timberwolves from 1995-2002. His #42 is worn currently by Kevin Love another legend in TWolves player history. Mitchell was the head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2005-2009 where in 345 games he accumulated a 156-189 record (a .452 winning percentage)--still superior to Rambis' .195 winning percentage after two years. He was also the 2006-07 NBA Coach of the Year. "Bring Sam I Am Home" (what fans are saying).
OTHER NOTABLES: MIKE DUNLEAVY, JIM O'BRIEN, REGGIE THEUS, BILL LAIMBEER, EDDIE JORDAN, KEITH SMART
Do you have any other potential candidates, well leave a comment or start a forum about it under the forums tab above.
That's all for now, thanks for reading and remember to check our site daily for all your TWolves news and info all year round. GO WOLVES!
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