On Monday morning, Rick Adelman announced his retirement from coaching. This came on the heels of news that new Knicks’ boss Phil Jackson had relieved head coach Mike Woodson and his entire staff from their duties. Shortly after the Adelman presser, it became official that the Utah Jazz would not seek to retain head coach Tyrone Corbin after his contract expired at the end of the season.
The Knicks are rumored to be hard after Steve Kerr for their coaching vacancy, while the Jazz are looking at young, analytics-savvy assistants league-wide, and especially from the Gregg Popovich/San Antonio Spurs coaching tree.
Your Wolves, on the other hand, are apparently only going after big name, “experienced” coaches with “proven track records” of success. Yesterday, we touched on a near-master list of all the names that have been thrown around the internet by anyone with any credibility whatsoever. Surely, Flip Saunders and Glen Taylor have additional names on their list, but Saunders has made it abundantly clear that there is a certain type of experienced head coach that he’s chasing.
There haven’t been many new developments today, other than CBS’ Gary Parrish throwing some additional weight behind Michigan State Spartans’ head coach Tom Izzo’s name. As updated here yesterday, Saunders also said, to the idea of Fred Hoiberg leaving Iowa State for the Twin Cities, “that’s not happening”.
So we don’t know anymore than we did yesterday, really. There will be a ton of rumors thrown about over the next few weeks surrounding the search, and it’s going to be a lot of fun to monitor.
In other news, the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime last night, after seemingly having the game won multiple times in regulation. In the other game of the night, the Los Angeles Clippers flexed their muscles in completely and utterly destroying the Golden State Warriors by a 138-98 score. Both series stand at a game apiece.
Tonight includes a trio of Game Twos, with Chicago, Toronto, and Indiana all trying to avoid getting swept at home in Games 1 and 2. Intrigue abounds thus far in the opening games of the opening round of the postseason. Be sure to tune in to tonight’s action if at all possible, and check back for any coaching updates as well as thoughts on the playoffs.