Forbes – There was a lot of concern about brand Linsanity when the New York Knicks fired head coach Mike D’Antoni on March 14. But the value of Jeremy Lin’s brand, which I estimated to be worth $14 million in mid-February, keeps growing as the guard has continued to play well under new coach Mike Woodson and the Knicks appear likely to make the NBA playoffs.
With Mike D’Antoni walking away from the Knicks it will be up to Mike Woodson to try to right the ship.
The Knicks (18-24), who enter Wednesday night’s game against Portland losers of six straight, are tied with the Bucks for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Woodson and the Knicks have 24 games to try and salvage the season.
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The search for a new head coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves stretches on. The Associated Press reports that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and president of basketball operations David Kahn pitched the job and organization to Rick Adelman Tuesday, but he left town without an offer in hand.
Kahn and Adelman have known each other for many years, the AP notes, initially meeting when Adelman coached the Portland Trail Blazers from 1988-1993 and Kahn was a writer for the Oregonian newspaper.
The Associated Press also points out that Taylor “has taken on a more prominent role in the last few weeks” in the coach search, despite once saying the decision was totally Kahn’s to make.
The Timberwolves have previously interviewed Sam Mitchell, Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Don Nelson, Larry Brown and Bernie Bickerstaff for the job, the AP reports.
The way the NBA lockout is going so far, it doesn’t appear that the Detroit Pistons will need a head coach anytime soon, but ESPN reports that the team is getting closer to making a decision.
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