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Kahn and Nelson have talked about Wolves position

Posted on: July 16, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 3:42 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Oh boy, it might really be happening. Don Nelson might really, truly, actually be a candidate for the Minnesota Timberwolves coaching position. Last week when word broke that Nelson was interested in the Minnesota roster, it just seemed like something a retired coach might say, but without much actual chance of happening.

But according to the Star Tribune, Nelson has spoken with general manager David Kahn about the position and is still very interested. That's saying something about his level of interest right there.

"I think it'd be a great fit," Nelson said. "I love Minnesota.

"Really, throughout my career, what I've done is taken teams with bad records and with every situation I've made them better. I like to be around young players. I've had great success with bad teams, getting them on the right track, getting them to max out. I have a great history there."

Nelson, of course, is the NBA's all-time winningest coach and recently retired/was forced to retire after a bumpy stint in Golden State. He's 71, so he's not necessarily a long-term solution. But in terms of trying to turn around a young roster, he indeed might be a decent fit. At the very least, he's an incredibly intriguing one.

Putting Nelson's up-and-down style with Ricky Rubio running point, Kevin Love throwing outlets and Derrick Williams running the floor is nothing short of fascinating for any NBA junkie.

Would that translate to wins?

Hard to say. But a Minnesota franchise commandeered by Kahn and Nelson would be some incredible fodder. Kahn wants the team to run, and you know that's what Nelson will do.

One guy, though, that's probably not excited about this idea is Anthony Randolph. I bet he thought he was finally free of Nelson. Not for long, maybe.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: July 18, 2011 2:09 am

Kahn and Nelson have talked about Wolves position

Hiring Nelson would be a huge mistake
That is so true, he did not even considered Bill Laimbeer, knowing that he might be the new head coach, those assistant coaches will be let go eventually. As for Don Nelson, he is older than time. If he is serious enough to make this team better i would think he would had gotten a better option to coach this team. Still think it is a mistake, but one thing Kahn wants a faster pace in offense.This is probably to increase ticket sales as the Wolves has one of the lowest home attendance in the NBA, or is it due to the weather. But in any case he wants to attract the fans to watch their home games in my opinion.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: July 17, 2011 4:25 pm

Kahn and Nelson have talked about Wolves position

Hiring Nelson would be a huge mistake. First, the team needs someone to teach them how to play effective team defense and instill in them a willingness to play defense. Nelson is definitely not the guy for that job. Offense is not the big problem for Minnesota. Secondly, Nelson has a history of alienating players and confining them to the doghouse. With young players trying to develop, this is a strategy that could slow down the Wolve's development as a team.

Nelson was innovative at times earlier in his career, and he does have a knack for creating mismatches, but the negatives far outweigh the positives. The Wolves need more of a Nate McMillain type than a Don Nelson type coach. 

Since: Aug 26, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:49 pm

Kahn and Nelson have talked about Wolves position

Nelson quit on the team in Golden State in his last year there. Took games off. Clashed with players and management. He installed Keith Smart as a defensive coordinator. Used to be a big Nellie fan, but he's gotten lazy and his ego is massive. He only coached the last year for the money, and might need money now. He could be effective in Minnesota in the short-term, but he's no long term solution.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:21 pm

Kahn and Nelson have talked about Wolves position

Is this article somebody's attempt at a cruel joke? You're kidding me; Don Nelson? This fossil has been stealing money from the Warriors for a decade. Don, my man, just go back and lay on your Maui beach and leave us alone. Hell, that's what you were doing anyway when you were "coaching" Golden State. If not for Isiah Thomas, you'd be the poster boy for inept upper management and dismal head coaching. Talk about a re-tread! This dude puts Larry Brown to shame. You have to love Donny's self promotion of his past. You'd think this guy was a savior for several moribund NBA teams if you believe that garbage he spews out.

Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:20 pm

Kahn and Nelson have talked about Wolves position

Why not?  Could he possiby do worse for this team than any coach we have had not named Flip?

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2011 1:19 pm

Kahn and Nelson have talked about Wolves position

Rubio didn't start every game last year because he was battling injury. People need to stop using his decline in production/minutes as reason to doubt he will be successful. Sure we won't know anything for sure until he starts playing, but he didn't sit more last season because he wasn't good enough.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2011 8:25 am

Kahn and Nelson have talked about Wolves position

Lets not go crazy here, Rubio does not even start every game on his Spanish team now you think he is going to run the point on an NBA team?

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 12:27 am

Kahn and Nelson have talked about Wolves position

As a denizen of the state of Mn., it is really getting hard to take the mind screwing machinations of our very own sports writer demonstrating for the rest of the basketball world the swift and sure punishments a business suffers at the mercy of the "Peter Principle". To have Nellie, whom we all respect for his contributions to the game, appear to be willing to submit to the judgement and whims  this arrogant pile of excrement tells more than a little about the state of basketball in Mn. This guy can take a week deciding what shoes to wear. When 'Da Kid' signed the contract that said he was all grown up now, when the calls went against us, we said"it must be the money". We don't have that anymore, and we neeed something. A reason for this gratuitous pain being dispensed by the 'The Brain'.  If the CBA is completed any time soon, we can all expect to see the Wizard running practices while Nellie twists slowly, slowly in the wind. The writers will update us regularly on 'the process' while the 'Genius' meditates in the Condo'Mt. Con', and after much elevated thought 'processes' out will burp out a name of the 'chosen' to bring to reality the vision of repeated championships for the 'fans' (masochists) of Minnesota. We could do with a little less drama unless there's a way to milk 13 wks of this, soap (?), comedy (?), reality (!). Thanks Mr. Taylor for the class act running your business off the rails.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: July 16, 2011 11:34 pm

Kahn and Nelson..a comedy in Minn..

I hope they meet to speak about holiday in Hawaii...Go there and stay relax...forever!!!..
the Kahn-Nelson combo would be the end of the opporyunity for Minny to become a team...Glenn Taylor must fire Kahn just for thinking about Nelson...

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