Don Nelson Interested in Coaching the Minnesota Timberwolves?

by July 13, 2011

ESPN and its sources report that Don Nelson may be willing to come back to an NBA bench, in Minnesota of all places (now that there’s a coaching vacancy.): “Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff, for the moment, is the only known contender for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ coaching vacancy. But a potential Wolves candidate with even more experience unexpectedly surfaced Tuesday when NBA coaching sources said that Don Nelson — the winningest coach in league history — is open to a return to the bench and intrigued by the talent on Minnesota’s roster. Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn said at a Tuesday press conference to formally announce Kurt Rambis’ dismissal that he wants an up-tempo coach to take over, particularly with Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio — drafted with the fifth overall pick in 2009 — scheduled to finally join the team when the lockout ends. Nelson is certainly well-acquainted with up-tempo basketball. Yet whether Wolves owner Glen Taylor is ready to spend on a coach with Nelson’s resume, especially after firing Rambis with two years left on his contract, remains to be seen.”