Monday, May 30, 2005

Ten

The number is now at ten. That is the number of people owner Glen Taylor has interviewed for the head coaching vacancy for his Timberwolves. And tenth to be interviewed is the San Antonio Spurs Assistant P.J. Carlesimo. Carlesimo was able to get away during the Western Conference Finals for an interview after the Spurs gave permission to the Timberwolves to speak with him. So far I like this candidate the best.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Lottery Time

Tonight is the NBA lottery and the Wolves will participate in it. But all eyes will be on fan favorite Fred Hoiberg, as he will be drawing for the team. Hope the Wolves are feeling lucky. It seems like a long shot but it is still possible for Minnesota to get one of the top 3 spots in the lottery.
"Hopefully, he will bring us some luck. Maybe he can pull a rabbit out of the hat.” - General Manager Jim Stack

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Open Game

After longtime Coach Flip Saunders was released in February he was replaced by the vice president of operations Kevin McHale, but McHale didn’t impress with his 19-12 finish as the T’wolves failed to make it to the playoffs.

Owner Glen Taylor is expected to name a new coach within the next month as he sits and waits for more applicants for the opening. All three assistant coaches have already applied.
"It's an important selection, so to wait another couple of weeks isn't going to make a difference to us." - Glen Taylor

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Another kind of Camp

from the official site of the T'wolves
Thank you for your interest in camp registration! We're very excited about our summer basketball camps. We have something for everyone, including coed camps, advanced super skills camps and girls-only camps.

Our goal is for all campers to have fun and learn basketball skills in a positive and nurturing environment. We will focus on self-esteem, fair play and fundamental skill development while playing three games per day. A formal awards ceremony will be held each Friday to celebrate the successes of the week. Please join us, and bring a friend, for a wonderful summer. See you on the court!

Friday, May 06, 2005

McHale to Return for 2005-06 Season

from the official site of the Minnesota Timberwolves
On Wednesday afternoon Minnesota Timberwolves Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin McHale announced that he would return to the team for the 2005-06 season, marking his 13th campaign with the organization. The announcement was made at a media gathering held at Target Center.

"I had to ask myself if I still had the passion to do this thing, and I felt that I do," McHale said. "I feel very responsible for this team and feel terrible that we didn't achieve all of the goals we set out to achieve this season."

"The final straw was watching the playoffs. I was so darn mad that we weren't in there. There's absolutely no reason this team should not be playing. I thought about all the opportunities we had to make a race of it this year, and it just bothered me a lot and I didn't want to go out with that taste in my mouth."

On February 12, McHale took over the head coaching duties from Flip Saunders, becoming the sixth bench leader in team history. Under his leadership, the Wolves went 19-12 to complete the 2004-05 season (44-38). Prior to McHale taking over the reigns, Minnesota allowed opponents to score 96.5 points per game while shooting 44.3% from the floor and 37.8% from three-point range. In the Wolves' last 31 contests they gave up only 93.4 points per game, while holding teams to 42.9% shooting, including 33.5% from beyond the arc.

McHale's immediate priority this off-season is to address the coaching vacancy, as he will not be returning to the bench next season. He said he currently has 5-6 potential candidates in mind for the job. McHale's plan is to have a new coach in place prior to the NBA Draft in June.

McHale began his career with the Wolves as a special assistant in 1993-94, prior to becoming the assistant general manager in 1994-95. He ascended to his current position in 1995. In that capacity, McHale is responsible for the team's entire basketball operations department, overseeing player personnel decisions, scouting and the coaching staff.

Prior to coming to the Timberwolves organization, McHale played 13 seasons as a power forward for the Boston Celtics before retiring in the spring of 1993. A first-round selection (third overall) by Boston in the 1980 NBA Draft, McHale helped lead the Celtics to three NBA championships (1981, 1984 and 1986), five Eastern Conference titles and eight Atlantic Division crowns. He was voted the NBA's top sixth man twice (1984, 1985) and was selected to the All-NBA First Team in 1987. He was also named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team three times (1986, 1987 and 1988). The 6-10 forward/center averaged 17.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in 971 career regular-season games.