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!