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.

Wolves to interview Mitchell

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves coaches, Wolves management, Wolves news Updated: August 3, 2011 - 1:15 PM

The Wolves are down to the final two names to interview for their head-coaching job.

And, yes, Sam Mitchell is one of them.

Larry Brown, of course, is the other.

Many Wolves fans have wondered why the man who won Coach of the Year with Toronto and who played two different stints with the Timberwolves wasn't on the team's interview list..

He is now.

Mitchell is expected to interview Friday or Saturday, Brown next week.

Wolves boss David Kahn and owner Glen Taylor already have interviewed Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Bernie Bickerstaff, Nelson.

Former Houston coach Rick Adelman has been talked to at some depth about the job, but, unlike the aforementioned four, he didn't come to town for an in-person interview.

Mitchell and Porter are the only ones on that list who have a relationship with Taylor.

Mitchell had a 156-189 record in four-plus seasons with Toronto.

The Raptors went 47-35, won the Atlantic Division and Mitchell was voted Coach of the Year for the 2006-07 season.

His teams made the playoffs twice -- losing in the first round each time -- and he was fired early in the 2008-09 season when the Raptors started 8-9 and then went 25-40 the rest of the way under interim coach Jay Triano.

 

 

 

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