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August 20, 2011 | 04:35 PM ET Update

After interviewing six candidates in person, the team is working once again on trying to get former Houston coach Rick Adelman to come to town early next week to meet with David Kahn, Glen Taylor, Rob Moor, minority partners and other personnel. It's not a done deal yet though, I've been told. Adelman spoke with Kahn about the job at some length on the phone, but didn't come to town for an interview process that has brought Don Nelson, Sam Mitchell, Mike Woodson, Bernie Bickerstaff, Larry Brown and Terry Porter to town. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

If he interviews and decides he wants the job -- he has said he plans to take at least a year off from the grind of NBA coaching, presumably because of family reasons -- he might instantly become the frontrunner for the job. If, of course, the team agrees to pay his price, a discussion that probably starts at $4 million a year and goes from there. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Everybody in the league I have talked with in recent weeks would be more than surprised, though, if Adelman agrees to coach the Wolves. If he declines, the Wolves then will move ahead with the process and probably choose either Nelson or Mitchell for the job. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The original plan was for Chris Finch to see the world as a member of the Washington Generals. So maybe it's fitting that a winding path as a globetrotter brought him to the NBA. Rather than a career of buckets of confetti, uniform pants pulled down, yo-yo basketballs on rubber band strings and various other pranks, Finch went the, uh, conventional route of playing overseas, then coaching four different teams in three different countries and spending two seasons in the NBA Development League before landing a spot on Kevin McHale's Rockets staff. "But it's been fun, both a basketball and cultural experience that I never thought about when I left college and wanted to be a coach," said Finch, 41. "I guess I took the long road." NBA.com

Finch guided the Vipers to the D-League finals in each of his two seasons -- winning the championship in 2010 -- and so impressed Rockets general manager Daryl Morey that he wanted to add him to Rick Adelman's staff at the end of last season. When Adelman and the Rockets parted ways, he eventually became a candidate for McHale's staff. "I liked a lot of the ideas Chris brought to the table and felt comfortable with him right away," McHale said. "I definitely have my ideas about what I think makes a team success in the NBA. But you want guys with a fresh outlook, guys who can adapt. And I'll tell you, nobody has to adapt more than those coaches in the D-League." NBA.com

August 20, 2011 | 09:27 AM ET Update

Charles Barkley on if he thinks star players will go play overseas: “No I don’t think Kobe Bryant is going to Turkey. Kobe Bryant, I want to get my numbers right, but I think he has three years and 83 million dollars, so could you imagine him going to Turkey or China for a couple of million dollars and blowing an Achilles or knee out? When you have 83 million dollars coming in the next three years, first of all you should already be financially set, but that’s too much to risk. You can’t risk that money playing overseas.” Sports Radio Interviews

Brand hasn’t ruled out playing overseas if the lockout drags into this season. But for now, Brand is keeping busy. He organized a Sixers workout for next week in Los Angeles, participated in a youth basketball camp in St. Maarten, and his production company is at work on a movie about rapper Tupac Shakur. Washington Times

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade says his intentions have yet to change. He will play basketball this season whether it's at AmericanAirlines Arena or some international venue. He reiterated Friday that he plans to play overseas if the NBA lockout resumes, delaying or canceling the season. "I will play (basketball)," he said at the Dwyane Wade Fantasy Camp at Fontainbleau Hotel. "I don't know where I will play it. Just because we're in a lockout don't mean I'm going to stop playing the game of basketball." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

While many players have been taking part in these summer league games, the summer schedule is drawing to a close, which has locked-out NBA players eyeing Europe. Both Neal and Jennings played in Europe prior to their NBA careers, and Jennings said players should weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. “Going overseas, it’s a different ballgame,” he said. “Not in a bad way, just in the way they live and the way they go about things. At the end of the day, it’s going to work out for itself. For me, I’m just going to keep playing basketball and staying in shape, because when the lockout’s over, I’m going to be ready.” ESPN.com

Keith Benson, the Hawks’ second-round draft pick in June, has signed to to play for Sassari in the top Italian league. Benson’s mother, Janice Hale, said Benson’s contract includes an opt-out clause that would allow him to return to Atlanta if/when the NBA lockout ends. “Keith feels that having an opportunity to play professionally during the lockout will enable him to maintain his conditioning and prepare him for the Atlanta Hawks training camp when the lockout ends,” Hale wrote in an e-mail. “He has received numerous offers to play in Europe and Asia. In fact, there were offers that were close to double the offer he accepted. Many of the teams that offered him wanted to build their teams around him as the starting center and would not provide the opt out clause. He agreed to play for Sassari because they were willing to include the opt out clause in his contract.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Keith Kreiter, a Chicago-based agent, said one of his clients, Maurice Acker, is headed to Europe and another one, Brian Butch, may be as well. Kreiter said Acker, a former starting point guard for Marquette, has signed a one-year contract with Matrixx Maggix in Holland. Kreiter didn't disclose the amount of Acker's contact but said it was "fully guaranteed." Kreiter said Butch, the former University of Wisconsin standout, has a couple of options but is "in talks with a cup team in eastern Europe." Kreiter didn't reveal the team. Butch is on the comeback trail. After being selected the Most Valuable Player for the D-League's 2010 All-Star game last February and later signing with the Denver Nuggets, Butch ruptured his left patella tendon in the Las Vegas summer league last July. He hasn't played competitive basketball since then. But Kreiter said Butch, 26, is ready to resume his career. "Brian is 100 percent healthy again," Kreiter said. "He looks terrific." Racine Journal-Times

Remember Joe Alexander, whom the Bucks made the eighth overall selection in the 2008 draft? He recently signed a one-year contract with BC Krasyne Kaylya Samara in Russia. Alexander's agent, Doug Neustadt, said there isn't any opt-out in the contract to allow Alexander to play in the NBA when the lockout ends. Alexander finished last season playing for the Texas Legends in the D-League, averaging 20.2 points and 8.9 rebounds a game. Racine Journal-Times

Brand attended an NBPA meeting this week in Los Angeles where the message from union leaders and superstars like Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce was a simple one: Stick together. "I can't speak for the owners' side, but on the players' side, there's definitely a sense of urgency to meet and talk," Brand said. Philadelphia Inquirer

Charles Barkley joined XX Sports Radio in San Diego with Scott Kaplan and Vencie Glenn to talk about whether or not he thinks the lockout in the NBA will last a while, if he thinks star players will go play overseas, whether or not he has heard from Tiger, if it is true that Tiger doesn’t return Barkley’s text messages anymore, and whether or not he knew about Tiger’s transgressions. Whether or not he thinks the lockout in the NBA will last a while: “I don’t think they’re gonna play at all this year. I feel bad to be honest with you, I feel bad for the people who work for the teams and the people who work for the arenas. The players and the owners are going to be fine because it’s gonna get settled at some point. The NBA has already laid off 100 people so it’s gonna get ugly, real ugly.” Sports Radio Interviews

The CBA would bar players under contract such as Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul. They and others had expressed interest in playing in China if the NBA lockout drags on and results in the cancellation of all or part of the 2011-12 season. The CBA said it will welcome free-agent NBA players, but will require them to play an entire season in China, the Xinhua News Agency reported. Xinhua said more restrictions would be announced before the start of the Chinese season on Nov. 20. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Wizards free agent guard Nick Young will not return to Washington to participate in the pro-am exhibition battle between the local Goodman League and the Los Angeles-based Drew League on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Trinity University. A source close to Young said on Friday that he would not be able to compete for the Drew League, along with Wizards teammate JaVale McGee, because of “family stuff.” “He’s not going to make it,” the source said. Washington Post

"Basketball never stops." Those three words have become the rallying cry of NBA players this summer, as many of them take to the streets and small gyms around the country, playing wherever they can during the lockout. And they were reiterated Friday night by Brandon Jennings, who was a surprise participant in the Melo League vs. Rucker Park All-Star Game at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. "They just asked me to come through, get a little run in, so I just wanted to come out here and get some run in for tomorrow,” Jennings said in advance of Saturday’s Drew League vs. Goodman League showdown, in which he’ll be playing for the west coast based Drew League. ESPN.com

Frank, in turn, appealed to the Pistons for all the reasons he lasted for six years with the Nets. He is still irretrievably positive, tireless, scrupulously honest, and a superb communicator. He is even direct when you ask him what he learned about how he’ll treat assistant coaches, after the year he spent as Doc Rivers’ right-hand man with the Boston Celtics. “One of the knocks against me was how I didn’t delegate enough” to assistants, he admitted. “It was a fair criticism: Taking over in Jersey at the age I did (33), it was important to establish myself as a leader. I’m in a whole different place now. I feel better about who I am, comfortable in my own skin.” Newark Star-Ledger

And the Pistons — a 30-52 team with a fair-to-middling $66 million payroll last year — are a different culture. It’s a perfect fit for Frank. GM Joe Dumars, a wise fellow who hasn’t really gotten much right lately, got this one exactly right. Now all they need to do is purge the roster of its rampant mediocrity. Not that we’re naming names, of course. “It’s a great opportunity,” Frank said. “But there has to be a reset. Sometimes you take over job and there’s no history of prior success. In Detroit, you only have to look up at the ceiling and see the banners, and you know the opportunity you’ve been given. But there has to be a lot of work.” Newark Star-Ledger

Mark Attanasio would neither confirm nor deny whether he would be interested in buying the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks from U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl. Attanasio, who led an investor group that bought the Milwaukee Brewers from Bud Selig’s ownership group in 2005, was responding to an audience question at a Monday luncheon of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Attanasio said he has “enormous” commitments already to the Brewers, to his Los Angeles investment firm and to his family. “I just have to make sure I don‘t get overextended,” Attanasio said. “We’ll see what happens.” Business News

After his talk, Attanasio said Kohl has not approached the Brewers owner about buying the Bucks and Attanasio said he had not approached Kohl. “I love the community and I love sports,” Attanasio said. “It’s the senator’s team and I have an enormous amount of commitments right now.” Business News

Surcharges on everything from tickets to hot dogs could raise as much as $20 million a year toward construction of a new downtown Sacramento sports arena, Mayor Kevin Johnson's task force said today. Those user fees could wind up generating more than half the money needed to pay for the arena, according to a report released today by the Think Big Sacramento task force. The report, labeled "highly preliminary," outlines a broad range of fees that could be tacked on arena users. An "illustrative case study" shows that ticketbuyers could pay surcharges ranging from $1 to $3 apiece, for example. Sacramento Bee

Kim Kardashian’s wildly anticipated wedding today to NBA basketballer Kris Humphries will include a celebrity guest list, numerous dress changes and performances by Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire. Kim’s lavish nuptials in Montecito will kick off at 6 p.m. California time, when she walks down the aisle in a custom-made dress by Vera Wang -- who’s fashioned three dresses for the bride to choose from -- custom-made Louboutin shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewels, including a tiara and hair jewelry for the after-party. New York Post

A day after a wild brawl marred an exhibition game between Georgetown and the Bayi Rockets, representatives from the teams met in Beijing. Georgetown coach John Thompson III was joined by Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson in a Friday meeting described by the university as “cordial and friendly” and “amicable.” Handshakes were exchanged. So were autographed basketballs from each team. Washington Times

Glen Davis: Or how I miss scaring .the celtic dancers . Aka snooki look alike hair styles . Or that crazy fan who runs behind my car after every game. Twitter

Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has been keeping himself busy in his retirement ... shopping, swimming and even following Kobe Bryant's church drama. The zen master and his GF Jeannie Buss were leaving the Rochester BIg and Tall store in L.A. yesterday -- 'cause he's friggin' 6'8" -- when we asked if anyone has ever tried to sneak a photo of him in a private moment. TMZ.com

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