Tag:Glen Taylor
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:40 pm

Report: Adelman to meet with Wolves' owner

By Matt Moore

Second interviews are always kind of a big deal. The first one is like a blind date, really. Seeing a resume is the equivalent of a friend telling you "Yes, he/she is human and yes, he/she has all his/her facial parts." But a second interview means there's something there and you're looking to see if things could actually go somewhere. Usually it's the applicant trying really hard to seal the deal and beat out the other potential employees. But in the case of Rick Adelman and the Minnesota Timberwolves, it's the team trying to convince the coach not to take a year off and instead to come coach a team that has been an abject trainwreck since KG left. 

From ESPN:
Rick Adelman is returning to Minneapolis on Tuesday to meet with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor about the team's coaching vacancy, according to a league source.

Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Aug. 24 that Adelman had met with Taylor during his first interview in Minneapolis, but the league source said Monday that Taylor's health issues kept the two from talking face to face.


Sources say that Adelman's family remained at his offseason home in Portland, Oregon, for much of his four seasons in Houston and another relocation or separation is a factor in Adelman's thinking.
via Rick Adelman, Minnesota Timberwolves owner set to meet face to face - ESPN.

Every indication is that the Wolves would love to have Adelman, they've already reportedly agreed to a general price range for his services. It's just a matter of convincing the former Rockets head coach not to take a year off to spend with his family. Which can be a hard sell. That's why Taylor himself is meeting with Adelman again. 

Also notable are the health issues mentioned here, which haven't been reported elsewhere. Taylor is known to be a major player on the labor committee for the NBA Board of Governors. Peter Holt has taken the lead in most of the negotiations as the owners' representative, but Taylor's condition is certainly something to watch as the NBA tries to get a deal with the players (or tried to force them to submit, depending on your interpretation). 

Adelman has a prior relationship with Kevin Love, which would make getting the young All-Star back on board the Timberwolf Train a lot easier (Love has made repeated comments about free agency and the questionable direction of the Wolves). Adelman has had success with speedy point guards facilitating a transition game, so Ricky Rubio would likely benefit from his direction. And Derrick Williams would probably enjoy some of the tutelage Adelman gave Chris Webber in Sacramento. In short, this would not only be the best fit for the Wolves, it would swing a lot of opinion on where the team is headed. 
Posted on: October 27, 2010 7:42 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:11 pm

Owner Glen Taylor: Timberwolves not contracting

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor says his organization will not be a victim of NBA contraction. Posted by Ben Golliverglen-taylor We've followed the issue of potential NBA contraction closely in this space, and roughly a week after the possibility of reducing the number of teams in the NBA was first floated, it's still not clear which teams would be in the crosshairs. The obvious candidates are those teams in most desperate shape financially or those in small markets that struggle to support a professional sports team. Already, we've noted that owners for both the Sacramento Kings (here) and the Memphis Grizzlies (here) have said their teams will not be contracted. Another franchise that is often linked to contraction is the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves have struggled to put out a winning product and season ticket sales aren't exactly robust in a market that is football, football, football.  Jerry Zgoda of StarTribune.com reports on Twitter that Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who is involved in the current labor negotiations, distanced his franchise from the contraction talk. "I can say Minnesota is not one of the teams that would be contracted," Taylor is quoted saying by Zgoda. So while contraction is being discussed, everyone, including NBA commissioner David Stern, acknowledges, it appears none of the likeliest suspects feel any concern about the possibility that they will go under. In other words, this is inching closer and closer to "idle threat" territory, if we're not there already.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 1:46 pm

Ricky Rubio's folks aren't big Wolves fans

Spanish star's parents rumored to not be thrilled about vacation getaway with Wolves owner. Posted by Matt Moore

Okay, so this story is going to get blown out of proportion. I'm going to go ahead and put that out there right now. It's not a big deal. Not by itself. It's only within context that this story has any weight whatsover. Courtesy of ProBasketballTalk , Alan Hahn of Newsday reports that Glen Taylor has been trying to arrange a meeting while the team is on a European exhibition trip with Ricky Rubio's parents. Rubio's parents apparently aren't interested in meeting with Taylor.


Okay, so it's a New York media member saying it, so you have to take it with a grain of salt. Especially when Hahn asks if they'd meet with the Knicks. And again, alone? It's no big deal. Maybe they have work going on, or family in town or hey, Spain's just really nice this year and who needs Paris anyway? Forget Paris !

But it's more concerning in the context of how Rubio has resisted the Wolves since draft night . There's been a litany of events in which Rubio or his family have resisted contact with the Wolves. Sometimes it's less what's been said, but what hasn't been. Then again, Wolves officials and fans insist that everything is cool and it's all just the media blowing things out of proportion. The fact is, we won't be able to settle this issue until Rubio finally comes to the US... or, you know, doesn't.

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