Posted by Royce Young
Two more names to picture running the wildly interesting Timberwolves roster: Rick Adelman and Portland assistant Bernie Bickerstaff. Both had been rumored to be candidates, but according to the Star Tribune, the two will get interviews this weekend.
Previously, the Wolves had interviewed Mike Woodson and Terry Porter. Don Nelson, who is easily the most interesting candidate, has only spoken with David Kahn about the position. It's unknown if he'll have a formal interview.
What's intriguing about Adelman is that only a few months ago after he departed from the Rockets, he said he would likely be done coaching and look to the front office. He's older and has certainly been around, but even then it seemed odd that Adelman might really be done. He's been coaching for a long time and is still one of the best offensive minds in the game.
Which is what makes him an interesting fit for the Wolves. I get the feeling that this is Adelman's job if he wants it. He understands up tempo, understands young players and can install an offensive system that works. He's a proven winner and likely will connect well with the Wolves young roster.
However, he could be anxious about working with Kahn who tarnished his already well-tarnished reputation with his handling of Kurt Rambis. Hence, Bickerstaff might be a more natural fit since he's an assistant looking for a head position and also that his son, J.B., already worked with the Wolves. (J.B. recently took an assistant position with the Rockets but could come back to Minnesota if his dad got the job.)
It's still very up in the air and if we learned anything from how Kahn handled Rambis, we probably won't have a firm answer until somewhere around 2014. But the candidates are piling up and interviews are happening. Who it'll be though, is still a pretty interesting though.