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 last time the Minnesota Timberwolves looked for a coach, Kurt Rambis, Mark Jackson, and Elston Turner all had to come in for second interviews. There’s been no “indication there will be a second round of interviews” this time around, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Some of the current candidates are “expecting an answer this week,” the paper reports.
The paper suggests that the battle to be the coach of the NBA’s worst team is down to 47-year-old New Jersey Nets assistant coach Sam Mitchell, who won Coach of the Year during his 2004-2008 run with the Toronto Raptors; 71-year-old Don Nelson, who holds the NBA record for most victories by a head coach with 1,335; and 67-year-old Bernie Bickerstaff, who is an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers but has been the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets/Wizards, and Charlotte Bobcats.