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Wolfson: Don't be surprised if Mike Fratello gets a shot with Wolves

Wolfson: Don't be surprised if Mike Fratello gets a shot with Wolves

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by Doogie
1500ESPN.com

Methodical, yet debatably incomplete, Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn will interview two more head-coaching candidates.

While some fans (and a certain reporter) would like to at least see an interview for former Wolves player and coach of the year Sam Mitchell, that doesn't appear to be an option.

Sources indicate that, as previously reported, 70-year-old Larry Brown will get an opportunity, and don't be surprised if former Hawks, Cavaliers and Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello gets a shot as well.

Fratello, 64, has known Kahn since they worked together at NBC in the 1990s and currently is an analyst for NBA-TV.

Other coaching tidbits:

• Former Wolves coach Randy Wittman, who still has a good relationship with owner Glen Taylor, put in a good word for Mike Woodson. Wittman and Woodson have known each other for a long time, spending the 1979-80 season as teammates on the Indiana Hoosiers. When he got the Cleveland Cavaliers head coaching job, Wittman hired Woodson as one of his assistants. They were together for two seasons until Wittman was fired.

• Rick Adelman, 64, told the Portland Statesman Journal on Monday he plans to sit out this season. "Right now, I don't plan on doing anything, just taking some time off," Adelman said. "It's a hard grind in the NBA, and I've been doing it for 20-plus years. I'm just looking forward to getting away from it." While some could view that as a power play, after poking around, my KSTP-TV colleague Joe Schmit and I have no reason to doubt it. In other words, it'll be surprising if Adelman accepts an offer.

• The other confirmed candidates to interview are Don Nelson, Terry Porter and Bernie Bickerstaff.

• Grizzlies assistant and Staples, Minn., native Dave Joerger thought he would get a call, but he has not. One contact wonders if he didn't because he shares the same agent, Warren LeGarie, as ex-coach Kurt Rambis.

Darren "Doogie" Wolfson is the jack-of-all-trades sports guy for 5 Eyewitness News and a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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