HoopsHype Bill Bayno rumors

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Bayno had normal nights like that through the rest of his playing career and they followed him into coaching. Somehow, he was always able to manage it. He worked under P.J. Carlesimo at Seton Hall and Larry Brown at Kansas, and helped John Calipari resurrect the program at UMass. It wasn't until he was a hot shot 32-year-old hired to get UNLV back on the national map that it really started to catch up to him. Now an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Bayno has been sober for nearly 11 years. He had to go through the CBA, ABA and the Philippines to re-establish himself in the hoops community, and he's spent that time also searching for a little more balance in a life that was sometimes consumed by the game. Boston Herald

"Going through the experiences I've gone through has helped me to continue to grow as a person and help find that peace," Bayno said. "That's what we're all looking for, peace of mind, and to be happy with who we are and where we are and our jobs." Boston Herald

It all started to unravel in 1999, his last full season in Vegas. Bayno told himself he wasn't going to drink during the season, but UNLV suffered a particularly difficult loss to Oklahoma State on Dec. 18. A holiday break started on Dec. 22, and Bayno was asked to join some buddies for a late lunch after some Christmas shopping. "Boom, we're at lunch, a couple beers, a couple glasses of wine and it turned into four in the morning, out all night," he said. "I just woke up that morning ashamed and really broke down." Boston Herald

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Bayno worked in Los Angeles with Brazilian center Paulao Prestes, a 2011 second-round pick, for two weeks before Las Vegas Summer League play. When asked if he's an NBA player, Bayno said, "I don't know about now. He's certainly tough enough. ... Down the road, he has a chance." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Bayno will travel to Montenegro for two weeks in August to work with center Nikola Pekovic, who should be cleared by then for full-contact practice after undergoing May surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle. Newly signed center Greg Stiemsma -- who will be officially introduced Thursday at Target Center -- will either work with Bayno and Pekovic in Montenegro or with Bayno in Los Angeles next month. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Kahn said on Wednesday that the Timberwolves were interested in signing him, but would not comment further. Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has roots in Portland and assistant coach Bill Bayno knows Roy well after serving on the Blazers staff. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Wolves assistant coach Bill Bayno, who got to know Roy well when he worked on the Portland bench in two separate stints in the last few years, has been the driving force in Minnesota's interest. He's done enough to convince head coach Rick Adelman that the risk is worth it. The last hurdle, sources say, was to convince president of basketball operations David Kahn. That apparently recently happened. ESPN.com

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