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.

Adelman's staff taking shape: Bayno to be hired, sources say

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves coaches, Wolves management, Wolves news Updated: September 15, 2011 - 3:02 PM

Rick Adelman hasn’t been introduced yet as Wolves coach, but his staff is starting to take shape:

According to league sources, Portland assistant coach Bill Bayno is expected to join a staff that also could include  Adelman’s son R.J., Jack Sikma and T.R. Dunn from Adelman’s Houston staff.

Bayno, 49, is a former UNLV and Loyola Marymount head coach who also was a longtime assistant for John Calipari at UMass.

Bayno worked as a graduate assistant under P.J. Carlesimo at Seton Hall and Larry Brown at Kansas early in his career.  He has worked two stints with the Blazers as a scout, player personnel coach and assistant coach and also has knocked around the American Basketball Association, the Continental Basketball Association and a league in the Philippines.

The only member from Adelman’s Houston staff that accepted another job over the summer was Elston Turner, the No. 1 assistant in charge of defense.

Turner -- a finalist for the Wolves job in 2009 -- was hired by Phoenix earlier this summer.

I hear Bayno has done lots of good work in Portland with big men LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden (when he's healthy), particularly in terms of getting them to assert themselves and blossom as players.

Let's see what he can do with Darko.

Bayno certainly has had quite a journey getting here to the Wolves. Here are a couple links from the Portland Tribune and the Columbian that details his battle with alcoholism and an obsessive-compulsive disorder that affected him as a head coach.

 

 

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