HoopsHype Don Nelson rumors


July 20, 2011 Updates

Expect the Wolves to bring more candidates — including former Golden State coach Don Nelson and Portland assistant Bernie Bickerstaff, even though Bickerstaff’s son J.B. has taken a job with Houston — to town for more interviews with Kahn and owner Glen Taylor in the next week. Expect Nelson to interview either Thursday or Friday. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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And there's that "great fit" that he mentioned with a young Wolves roster that includes seven players -- including three former No. 2 overall picks -- selected among the first six picks in their draft classes, but that largely has managed to win only 32 games the past two seasons. "Really, throughout my career, what I've done is taken teams with bad records and with every situation I've made them better," he said. "I like to be around young players. I've had great success with bad teams, getting them on the right track, getting them to max out. I have a great history there." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have begun drawing up a list of coaching candidates and Don Nelson is on it, according to NBA coaching sources. The Wolves plan to hold talks with Nelson to explore the feasibility of hiring the 71-year-old to replace Kurt Rambis, sources said. On Tuesday, sources said Nelson, who spent last year out of the game, is open to a return to coaching and intrigued by Minnesota's young roster. ESPN.com

Fellow coaching veteran Bernie Bickerstaff, who worked as an assistant in Portland last season, is the only candidate that the Wolves have publicly acknowledged. But the Wolves' interest in Bickerstaff was largely tied to the prospect of Minnesota keeping hold of his son, J.B. Bickerstaff, to groom him for a possible promotion to coach, sources said. J.B. Bickerstaff since has committed to join Kevin McHale's new staff in Houston, along with another reported Wolves target, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson. It remains to be seen how much the Wolves are willing to spend on a replacement after Rambis was fired with two years left on his contract. If money is not an obstacle -- as Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn insisted earlier this week -- Minnesota also is expected to gauge the interest of former Rockets coach Rick Adelman. ESPN.com

Sources said Nelson is also known to be a long-time admirer of both Rubio and Love. And current Wolves forward Anthony Tolliver is another Nelson favorite, dating to their time together at Golden State. Nelson, however, had a strained relationship with Wolves forward Anthony Randolph in Golden State -- another concern he would have to allay. "[Nelson is] a great coach and he def[initely] would be able to use all of the firepower we have," Tolliver told the Star Tribune via text. "He def[initely] has my endorsement!" ESPN.com

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During a lighter moment of the interview, Nowitzki reminisced about the time he walked in on former Mavericks coach Don Nelson sitting in a hot tub. “Oh God,” Nowitzki initially responded after being persuaded to tell the story. “He actually was in the hot tub with his dog. The dog wasn’t running around, the dog was in the hot tub with him. … I don’t know, but it was awful.” Dallas Morning News

April 20, 2011 Updates

Nelson says he's happy for Chris Mullin for his election to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Nelson says he's sorry he didn't make it, mainly because it would have been a morale boost for former Warriors owner Jim Fitzgerald, who is in poor health. The Hall of Fame for Nelson? "I don't know if it's important or not," he says, sipping a glass of wine. San Francisco Chronicle

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