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Saturday, July 16th, 2011 at 11:37 am  |  24 responses

Nellie: ‘Minnesota Has Opening, I Don’t Have a Job’

Reports are quickly legitimizing the fact that Don Nelson may officially get Minnesota’s head coaching position. From the Star-Tribune: “But that’s not the reason Nelson wants a job that opened when the Wolves finally, officially fired Kurt Rambis on Tuesday, and it’s not the reason he already has talked with Wolves boss David Kahn for about 40 minutes by phone and plans to talk with him again sometime this weekend. ‘They have an opening,” Nelson said, “and I don’t have a job.’ Even at age 71? Even with 1,335 career victories behind him? Even with that beach home beckoning in January, $6 million in the bank for not coaching Golden State last season and recently returned from a month’s European vacation? ‘I’m a lifer,’ Nelson said. ‘I love basketball. I don’t know how else to put it.’”

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  • http://zogs.com zogs

    mna this nigs getting desperate. TIMBERWOLVES??!!!

  • rich

    yay the raps wont have the worst defense in the nba

  • http://slamonline.com Easy Bee

    This might be one of the worst decision Kahn could make.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    KEVIN LOVE WANTS NELLIE, SO HE CAN SAY NELLIE TOLD HIM NOT TO PLAY DEFENSE

  • rich

    ^^^ a match made in heaven

  • http://slamonline.com YKNOT

    Chick Fil A has an opening too, and your fast paced style would help at the drive thru line, not the TWolves.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Ricky Rubio. Period

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    PLUS NELLIE HAS CASES OF BUD LIGHT HE WANTS TO DRINK PUBLICLY AFTER A GAME

  • Donte

    how is he desperate???? look at the timberwovles roster and tell me that if they dont get the right coach they cant be a elite title contender

  • Selwyn ( UK )

    “elite title contender” ??? WTF ???? Each Year theres only 4 to 6 teams that are really contenders . T’Wolves roster + the right coach are still many years or 3 quality players away from reaching that level. Their roster has too many holes even for the best coach to fix.
    Kahn + Nelson = disaster !

  • Rog23

    I am not by any stretch the biggest twolves fan. But come on, the nba is wasting a franchise with special talent. How many nba contenders would love some Love? How many could use a beasley(minus his issues)?? Now derrick and rubio in the picture the wolves have pieces. Not ALL the pieces, but there’s no reason they can’t be a playoff contender.

  • Rog23

    And the true nba & minnesota fans suffer the most. Same with the nets and warriors. Hopefully the next nba season can have a more competitive season

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    The best chance Minnesota has is to run. And that should be pretty obvious. It’s not like Don Nelson is a long term coaching solution.

  • MUBWAR

    i think this will be a pretty good fit. I mean come on Rubio Jonhson Beatly Love (there is enough talent here 4 the playoffs).

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    My predictions:
    1) Kahn will hire Nellie.
    2) Nellie will be a ht with the players for the first twenty games.
    3) Nellie will alienate Beasley by asking him to play exclusively in the low post, for no apparent reason, and ask everyone else on the team to shoot the three within four seconds.
    4) Ricky Rubio will average 14ppg and 7apg at a FG% of 33 and a assist-to-turnover ratio of 2:1.
    5) The Wolves will win 22 games this season and 17 next season.
    6) Kahn will fire Nellie and Nellie will sue, winning 7.4 million dollars in damages.
    7) Some other idiot will hire Nellie within two years, return to #2.

  • dahon

    Jerry Sloan should coach the wolves and try to develop, rubio-love to something like stockton-malone or d-will-bozz…Sloan will make them so much better

  • matutakeshi

    lol this scared me for a second i thot the rapper nelly was gnna be coachin lol

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @matutakeshi – I doubt he’d be a worse coach.

  • LeBron de Con

    Wolves need a seasoned head coach, someone who can coach defense, and who will not permit Kahn to throw him under the bus.

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Look mr. Nelson: Shakira has an opening too and I don’t have a girlfriend, that doesn’t mean I’m in there like swimwear. You can’t always get what you want.

  • Heals

    Ugghhh, what a surprise another retread. No doubt he will be gone within 5 years. In Kahn we trust…

  • theDankerNuggets

    dont do it Kahn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RunNGun

    Rick Adelman would be a better fit for the Wolves than Nellie, IMO. Concerning defense though, when Nellie did have the defensive players while coaching the BUCKS, he did quite well.

  • LP

    wow.. I can’t believe NEllie is being considered here… they should hire HUBIE BROWN.

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