Larry Brown! You’re the next contestant on… “Who Wants To Coach A 17-Win Team That’s ‘Done Rebuilding?!”
From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:
After interviewing Rick Adelman and Don Nelson over the weekend, the Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown and possibly one or two others in this first phase to replace fired coach Kurt Rambis.
When the Wolves will interview Brown, who has coached teams to both NBA and NCAA titles, is uncertain because of a recent death in his family, according to a league source with knowledge of the team’s search.
via Larry Brown next to talk to Wolves’ Kahn | StarTribune.com.
The Star notes that there is a previous connection between GM David Kahn and Brown, Kahn worked as a student reporter when Brown coached at UCLA. Setting aside the fact that this puts into perspective just how long Brown has been doing this, it should be noted that Kahn himself has been around for two decades in pro basketball’s management side, and nearly 10 before that as a writer. He knows everyone.
Brown’s an odd fit in Minnesota, as he is most places. He’s known to clash with younger players and to be notoriously hard on young point guards. The Wolves are a clashing young outfit with a notoriously young point guard. Kahn has gone on record saying that rebuilding is over in Minnesota, yet the roster isn’t ready to compete for a title, or a playoff spot, or .500 ball yet (it would seem; it’s entirely possible Rubio and Derrick Williams are the difference in winning more games than they lose for the Wolves, but they’re not skyrocketing into a top seed or anything). Brown would essentially be trying to rehab his image after failed stints in New York and a dispiriting end in Charlotte.
Brown is also linked to be vying for a spot on the Celtics’ support staff. That kind of puts it in perspective. Minnesota interviews Boston assistant coaching candidates for its head coaching position. Then again, Brown’s a Hall of Famer, so it’s not as if he’s a terrible choice. Maybe Brown could make an impact. It’s certainly not as crazy of an idea as Don Nelson, who interviewed Sunday with Minnesota.