Elston Turner Rumors
Dane Moore: New Timberwolves assistant coach Elston Turner on his role: “My role is defensive coordinator… To improve some things that the team wasn’t in the top-half in.” The Wolves ranked 27th in defensive rating, 27th defensive rebounding, 26th in transition defense.
Darren Wolfson: Before Chris Finch and the #Timberwolves ultimately hired Elston Turner as the No. 3 ass’t, they had a tough call between him and #Kings ass’t/player development coach Lindsey Harding. She was impressive through the process. Once upon a time, she played for the Lynx.
Darren Wolfson: Mentioned on @SkorNorth today of a #Timberwolves hiring being imminent. And here we go: Elston Turner is joining Chris Finch’s staff, I hear. Once upon a time interviewed for the Wolves’ head gig. Long-time NBA player and ass’t, has a defensive background. Nice add.
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced additions to the coaching staff, including Joe Boylan (Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development), Nate Bubes (Quality Control Coach), Chris Hines (Player Development Associate), Ashlee McGee (Video/Player Development Associate), Alex Stepheson (Video/Player Development Associate), Elston Turner (Assistant Coach) and Addison Walters (Video Associate).
Alykhan Bijani: Looks like former Sacramento Kings Head Coach David Joerger was a guest at #Rockets practice. For those wondering, both new assistant coaches Elston Turner and Dan Hartfield were with Coach Joerger on the Kings coaching staff.
D’Antoni is known for allowing his lead assistant to have great freedom to run his defense, including how much time he needs in meetings and practices. It is a role Turner has long held, including in his previous four seasons with the Rockets. With that, hiring Turner was not a leap of faith by the team. “Rick put me in charge of that area of the team,” Turner said. “He left me alone and let me do it. It empowered me. It allowed me to make mistakes. Management, they’ve seen my work before. You have to be conscious of the way the game has trended with the 3s, pace being picked up, defensive rules changes. Things have changed a little bit, but I’m up for the job. Happy to get it.”