Minnesota Timberwolves: Why Sam Mitchell Should Be the Next Coach in Minnesota

John BurkeContributor IAugust 8, 2011

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With the Minnesota Timberwolves looking for yet another coach, it appears the list of candidates may be growing.

The team interviewed another prospective coach last week and is expected to do the same this week.

One of the candidates, Sam Mitchell, is the man the Wolves need on their bench. The other is Larry Brown, who is expected to be in Minneapolis sometime this week to speak with team officials.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Sam Mitchell recently flew to Minnesota to be interviewed by Wolves GM David Kahn and Owner Glen Taylor.

Now, let me tell you why Mitchell would be the smart choice and why for that reason, Kahn will not hire him.

Mitchell has experience as a head coach in the league. 

In four-plus seasons in Toronto, Mitchell went 156-189. As coach, Mitchell led the Raptors to their first divisional title in franchise history as the team won the Atlantic Division in 2006-2007.

That same year, Mitchell was named the NBA Coach of the Year. 

In essence, Mitchell knows how to take a struggling franchise and make them playoff contenders. Right now, that is what the Wolves need. 

There is not a coach in the world who could lead the team to a 55-plus win season, at least not with the current roster. 

But the team does have the talent to win 35-40 games this season. They just need a competent coach to help them reach that goal. 

Another reason Mitchell would be great for the Timberwolves is the history he has in Minnesota. 

I have been going to Wolves games ever since I can remember and the one player I remember watching play as a young child was Sam Mitchell. Sure, we also had Kevin Garnett at the time, but it was Mitchell who always stuck out in my mind. 

Currently, Mitchell is still second on the Minnesota Timberwolves' all time scoring and rebounding list. 

Due to his very good play in Minnesota, the fans will love him. He will help sell tickets as a coach! 

When Kurt Rambis was coach, he was known around the Minneapolis area as the most arrogant man in the state. 

Mitchell will be the exact opposite. He will be a man the fans and city can relate to because of his history in a Wolves jersey. He will help get Minnesota back behind the franchise. 

So with all these reasons, it seems like a no-brainer that Sam Mitchell should be named the newest coach of the franchise. 

But then you realize we have David Kahn in the control room. The same David Kahn who drafted three point guards in one draft. The same David Kahn who refused to fire Rambis until months after the Wovles lost their last game. 

That is why Sam Mitchell probably won't be named the new head coach. It would be the smart decision. 

And if I have learned anything by watching Kahn "lead" this franchise, it is never expect the smart decision.