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Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

Posted on: July 25, 2011 9:00 am
Edited on: July 25, 2011 9:07 am
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By Matt Moore

Larry Brown! You're the next contestant on... "Who Wants To Coach A 17-Win Team That's 'Done Rebuilding?!" 

From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:
After interviewing Rick Adelman and Don Nelson over the weekend, the Timberwolves intend to interview Larry Brown and possibly one or two others in this first phase to replace fired coach Kurt Rambis.

When the Wolves will interview Brown, who has coached teams to both NBA and NCAA titles, is uncertain because of a recent death in his family, according to a league source with knowledge of the team's search.
via Larry Brown next to talk to Wolves' Kahn | StarTribune.com

The Star notes that there is a previous connection between GM David Kahn and Brown, Kahn worked as a student reporter when Brown coached at UCLA. Setting aside the fact that this puts into perspective just how long Brown has been doing this, it should be noted that Kahn himself has been around for two decades in pro basketball's management side, and nearly 10 before that as a writer. He knows everyone. 

Brown's an odd fit in Minnesota, as he is most places. He's known to clash with younger players and to be notoriously hard on young point guards. The Wolves are a clashing young outfit with a notoriously young point guard. Kahn has gone on record saying that rebuilding is over in Minnesota, yet the roster isn't ready to compete for a title, or a playoff spot, or .500 ball yet (it would seem; it's entirely possible Rubio and Derrick Williams are the difference in winning more games than they lose for the Wolves, but they're not skyrocketing into a top seed or anything). Brown would essentially be trying to rehab his image after failed stints in New York and a dispiriting end in Charlotte. 

Brown is also linked to be vying for a spot on the Celtics' support staff. That kind of puts it in perspective. Minnesota interviews Boston assistant coaching candidates for its head coaching position. Then again, Brown's a Hall of Famer, so it's not as if he's a terrible choice. Maybe Brown could make an impact. It's certainly not as crazy of an idea as Don Nelson, who interviewed Sunday with Minnesota



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Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

Finally, the Timberwolves are interviewing some real coaches!  If they can get larry brown, rick adelman, or don nelson, it will be the first time in a long time that they actually had a good coach.  Everyone rips David Kahn, but he has put us in a much better position than when he got here.  Think any of these coaches would actually have wanted to come to Minnesota 2 years ago? 



Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: July 26, 2011 4:56 pm
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

Finally, the Timberwolves are interviewing some real coaches!  If they can get larry brown, rick adelman, or don nelson, it will be the first time in a long time that they actually had a good coach.  Everyone rips David Kahn, but he has put us in a much better position than when he got here.  Think any of these coaches would actually have wanted to come to Minnesota 2 years ago? 



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

Larry Brown might be the answer for the Wolves. This is a young team. Larry Brown is one of the best at teaching young players to be winners and develop them.

I think Kurt Rambis should have been kept on for another year, but since he was not retained Larry Brown might be the ideal candidate for this position as this team need a coach that would be in the position of teaching them to win.  

Rick Adelman might also make a good coach for the Wolves, however, I think he would want a more veteran team that would be prepared to take the next level, not a team that would be learning how to win..

The only negative for the players is whom ever is selected as the coach would bring in another offensive scheme to learn thus starting back at square one.

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

Will Larry Brown coach all 30 teams before he calls it quits?  Looks like that's what he's aiming for.  I guess if any franchise is desperate enough to hire a guy who will quit sometime in the next year and a half it's Minnesota.



Since: Jul 9, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

If the Timberwolves hire Brown, they may as well have kept Kurt Rambis. Brown UPS might be able to do some good things for people in regards to delivery services, but Larry Brown won't do much for an NBA franchise as a coach anymore. Well, he can always bring Minnesota a bunch of Tar Hole busts.



Since: Jun 14, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

Larry Brown just loves coaching basketball and Minnesota has an opening.  They probably won't hire him but at least interviewing guys like him and Nellie is the right thing to do, they are legends and have won a lot of games.  Adelman is a re-tred (who has also won a bunch of games) and will likely get the gig.  Larry Brown would be best suited coaching the Miami Heat when they realize Spoelstra is not going to get them all the way to the top, he would one of only a handful of guys who could demand and receive respect from that crew of players...however even that is a pipe-dream as Pat Riley would likely not hire Larry Brown, too much ego in one organization.  Therefore, Larry is likely just a consultant from here on out.



Since: Jun 14, 2011
Posted on: July 25, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

Larry Brown just loves coaching basketball and Minnesota has an opening.  They probably won't hire him but at least interviewing guys like him and Nellie is the right thing to do, they are legends and have won a lot of games.  Adelman is a re-tred (who has also won a bunch of games) and will likely get the gig.  Larry Brown would be best suited coaching the Miami Heat when they realize Spoelstra is not going to get them all the way to the top, he would one of only a handful of guys who could demand and receive respect from that crew of players...however even that is a pipe-dream as Pat Riley would likely not hire Larry Brown, too much ego in one organization.  Therefore, Larry is likely just a consultant from here on out.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

After interviewing Rick Adelman
Adelman simply had to show Kahn his record(945-616. 605%) and the fact he's had 17 winning seasons and 12 straight with 4 different teams. His only failed stint was GS where he had 2 losing seasons including his last in 1996-97. In 20 seasons, he's only failed to have a winning season 3 times. Impressive.

Kahn should have right there offered him the job. Brian Shaw should be a back-up plan.

Kahn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: July 25, 2011 5:50 pm
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

The Star notes that there is a previous connection between GM David Kahn and Brown, Kahn worked as a student reporter when Brown coached at UCLA. Setting aside the fact that this puts into perspective just how long Brown has been doing this, it should be noted that Kahn himself has been around for two decades in pro basketball's management side, and nearly 10 before that as a writer. He knows everyone. 

Brown's an odd fit in Minnesota, as he is most places. He's known to clash with younger players and to be notoriously hard on young point guards. The Wolves are a clashing young outfit with a notoriously young point guard. Kahn has gone on record saying that rebuilding is over in Minnesota, yet the roster isn't ready to compete for a title, or a playoff spot, or .500 ball yet (it would seem; it's entirely possible Rubio and are the difference in winning more games than they lose for the Wolves, but they're not skyrocketing into a top seed or anything). Brown would essentially be trying to rehab his image after failed stints in New York and a dispiriting end in Charlotte

He's going to be 71! Do you really want a 71 year-old coach who has had a hard time dealing with today's NBA player coaching a team that needs a firm, but patient hand? Brown is so impatient. He's also bi-polar. He'll love a player like Rubio one moment, then want him dealt the next. IMHO, he's the worst possible fit for this team.

Brown shouldn't coach in the NBA anymore. He's had a great career and should either return to college and coach some 2nd tier team or get out altogether. He'd probably be a decent analyst. I mean he knows 100X more about basketball than any of the talking heads on ESPN, TNT and ABC combined. What does Mike Wilbon know about basketball?

Rick Adelman is a perfect fit. He fits the firm, but patient hand to a key. All this guy has ever done is coach winning basketball. His one failure has been winning an NBA title, but he's been close. He also has little ego. Brown's ego is off-the-charts.

The problem in Minny is Kahn. Minny fans need to call William Shatner and get rid of this guy once and for all. He's a joke.

Kahn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Larry Brown to interview for Wolves job

Well, first who is to say Adelman really wants the job. Personally he would be my first choice, but he maybe is not inclined to take the position, especially if he does not have as much freedom as he wants with personel. Also, unfortunately the Wolves will not have a first round pick next year due to the trade with LAC a few years ago. Of all the years for it to come due...


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