Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Add Larry Brown to Timberwolves' coaching interview list

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves coaches, Wolves management, Wolves news Updated: July 25, 2011 - 12:03 PM

Let's see, do you see a trend here?

So far the Timberwolves have talked with Bernie Bickerstaff, Don Nelson and Rick Adelman about the job.

And expected sometime fairly soon now...Larry Brown.

Take away Terry Porter and Mike Woodson and four of the six Wolves' candidates for their next head coach all are 65 or older with hundreds and hundreds of NBA victories on their resume.

Brown seems like an unlikely fit, even given his longtime relationship with David Kahn.

But he looks to be next -- quite possibly along with one or two other final candidates -- on Kahn's list.

Or at least soon.

Exactly when the two meet isn't certain because Brown is dealing with a death in his family.

Kahn and Brown have known each other since the late 1970s when Brown coached UCLA and Kahn was a student-newspaper reporter there and Kahn considers Brown one of his mentors.

Brown's certainly a brilliant coach. He's won NBA and NCAA titles and he's sixth on the NBA's all-time coaching victories (add Nelson and the Wolves have two of the top six all time on their list).

He's also something of a tormented soul, having coached for nine NBA teams. Most recent was Charlotte, which fired him midway through last season.

At age 70, his already short shelf life appears to get shorter with each next team.

He's also not a guy known for his patience with young players and usually at each new stop wants to trade half of the roster.

Kahn has stated more than once that there will be no more rebuiliding done to the roster.

That Kahn plans to interview Brown suggests that the first part of this process to replace Kurt Rambis will continue for another week probably.


 

 

 

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