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 announce Sam Mitchell hiring

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves coaches, Wolves news Updated: June 17, 2014 - 4:00 PM

The Wolves this afternoon officially announced, as expected, the hiring of Sam Mitchell as an assistant coach.

That follows last week's hiring of Sidney Lowe, who will be assisting Flip Saunders for the fourth time (two stints together before with the Wolves and once in Detroit).

Both are former Wolves players and former NBA head coaches. Lowe coached North Carolina State as well.

Mitchell won the 2007 NBA Coach of the Year award with Toronto and last coached in the league as a New Jersey assistant in 2011.

"It helps a great deal, having been in that seat before," Lowe said last week, referring to assistant coaches who have head-coaching experience. "You know what he's going through, what he's dealing with. We know what he needs, not just from the basketball side, working with players, developing players. We're there to take care of a lot of stuff that he doesn't need to worry about. That's our job, to assist."

Saunders' son Ryan is expected to join the coaching staff as well.

That would seem to leave one assistant's job left to fill, depending on what the team does with David Adelman, who was an assistant coach last season and has one season left on his contract.

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