Timberwolves promote former NBA champion to coaching staff

Chris Finch, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Chris Finch, Minnesota Timberwolves (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

When building a championship roster in the NBA, it is important to take everything into consideration. The Minnesota Timberwolves have done just that in assembling their team for the 2023-24 season. The Wolves’ roster is stacked with elite talent on both sides of the basketball.

All-world defensive talents like Rudy Gobert and Jaden McDaniels will continue to achor the Timberwolves’ defense, while players like Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns give Minnesota a powerful offensive attack as well. All in all, the Wolves’ roster is deep and balanced.

But having the right leaders on a coaching staff is nearly as important as the players on the roster. Head Coach Chris Finch has been masterful in his two and a half years at the helm of the Timberwolves’ ship. Recently, the team promoted a former NBA champion to a new position within the coaching staff.

The Timberwolves have promoted a former NBA champion to their coaching staff.

Minnesota announced on Wednesday their decision to promote James White to the position of Player Development Assistant. Last season, White was an assistant coach with the Timberwolves’ G League affiliate, the Iowa Wolves. This fall, he will join the rest of Coach Finch’s staff in the Twin Cities.

Playing three seasons in the NBA, White helped the San Antonio Spurs win the 2007 NBA Finals, scoring 8.3 points per game for the team during the regular season. After that, he spent time with the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks as well.

Along with James White, the Timberwolves also promoted Jeff Newton to the role of Assistant Coach in their latest round of hirings. Josh Gershon was appointed as Director of Basketball Intelligence for the Iowa Wolves.

The Timberwolves are doing an excellent job of getting high-quality leaders to fill important roles within the organization. Anytime a coaching staff can bring in someone with championship experience, it will always pay off sooner or later.

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