Amidst all of the Ricky Rubio controversy, and the Jonny Flynn trade thoughts that keep on popping up into all of our heads, we seem to have forgotten the thing that is probably more important to the Timberwolves than both of those things. Hmmm, lets see, what could it be?
Oh, that's right, our beloved Timberwolves don't have a head coach at this very moment, I wonder how we could have forgotten about this.
This team that Davis Kahn has assembled would excel in a run and gun system similar to what Mike D'antoni had in Phoenix. But we cannot forget that no team will ever be successful enough to win a championship, if the sole focus of the coach and team is offense.
We also need a defensive minded, who who knows how to do set plays in the half-court.The last thing, that is very important is that this is a very young team, we need a coach that can mentor the young players and allow them to flourish.
Now I know that I might be asking for too much from one coach, but that is why when I write my final thoughts, i will list a team of three coaches, one head coach, and two lead assistants. So with that in mind, lets look at the possible candidates we have for this job.
Kevin Mitchell- Has shown the willingness to run, and a very good mentor for young players. Not a great defensive coach, and he does not excel at set plays, although he does have his moments.
Tom Thibedou- Great defensive coach, right now he is an assistant to Doc Rivers in Boston. He is pretty good at set plays, but he does not excel as a mentor, because he is not used to teaching young players how to play. Doesn't have a run and gun mentality.
Terry Porter- Great run and gun coach, but that is about the only thing he does good, would probably excel as an assistant coach.
Bill Laimbeer- He is a good mentor, and he is also good at set plays, but needs experience in the NBA.
Avery Johnson- Tough, hard nosed defensive coach, very good at set plays, does not like to run too much but will do it on occasion. A former point guard, not a great coach for a young team.
Monty Williams- A assistant from Portland, is very good at set plays, and is also a very good teacher for the younger players.
Del Harris- Don't know much about him, all I know is that he does not possess a run and gun mentality.
The Final Verdict
I would probably like to see Tom Thibedou as a head coach in the NBA, and i think that he would help the Wolves a lot with their defense, just look at what he did with the Celtics.
As for the two assistant coaches I would like to see Terry Porter and Bill Laimbeer on the bench beside him. Both of these coaches possess the mentality that Thibedou is missing, Porter brings in a run and gun stye of play, while Bill Laimbeer is a great mentor.
This is what I think, if your thoughts differ from mine, or if you would like to propose another coach, please comment in the comment box below.