On Tuesday July 12, David Kahn the Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations announced the firing of now former head coach Kurt Rambis. Kahn made it very clear that he wanted to take the Wolves in a newer up-tempo style of play. After reports that current Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff was the only contender for the wolves head coaching job names began swirling as possible coaches with interest pop up and the NBA’s winningest coach in history Don Nelson seems to be leading the pack.
Nelson who turned 71 in may hasn’t coached in a year after being released by the new Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob days before the start of the 2010 Training camp. With a overall record of 1,335-1,063 (.557) Nelson has the knowledge to turn this young bunch around but do the brass in Minnesota feel the same? Minnesota is stacked with young talent highlighted by All-Star forward Kevin Love and second overall pick Derrick Williams. Let’s not forget the extremely court aware point guard from Spain Ricky Rubio who is starting his NBA journey this year. Nelson was quite instrumental in the turn around the Dallas Mavericks had in the early 2000s and the recent success of young guards Monta Ellis & Steph Curry in Golden State. I believe with Nelson’s resume and up-tempo style he could lead Minnesota back to a playoff run, the question is does Wolves owner Glen Taylor and President of Basketball operations David Kahn feel the same.
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