Minnesota has time to take in finding a new coach, what with the lockout and all, so they are using it to interview virtually everyone.
Enter Sam Mitchell, the former Toronto Raptors head coach, who will be the latest to interview for the Timberwolves job, according to Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune. It’s not a shock, we reported last week that Wolves GM David Kahn said he wanted to talk to a couple more people.
Mitchell played in Minnesota for a couple stints and in Toronto was the NBA Coach of the Year one season (which means he was cursed and would be fired within a couple years, and he was).
So to update the list of those interviewed: Mike Woodson, Don Nelson, Terry Porter, Bernie Bickerstaff, Larry Brown, and Rick Adelman (although he was just a phone call and seems uninterested in the job). Mitchell is expected to be the last of the first round interviews.
The Wolves have some interesting pieces — Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Michael Beasley — but getting them to fit together in the up-tempo offense Kahn demands, and more importantly getting them to play defense, will be the challenge.