Mike Woodson To Interview For Timberwolves' Head Coach Job

Mike Woodson will interview for the open Minnesota Timberwolves head coach job on Tuesday, reports Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press (via HoopsHype). Woodson, who was the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks for six years before being fired in 2010, is considered, with Lawrence Frank, a finalist for the Detroit Pistons head coach job. Those two positions are the only currently in play, and no other jobs are likely to come open between now and the start of the next basketball season.

The Wolves have interviewed former Bucks and Suns coach Terry Porter, and are expected to formally consider legend Don Nelson, who has expressed interest from his perch in retirement. In his virgin coaching search in 2009, Wolves GM David Kahn considered a wide number of candidates before settling on Kurt Rambis.

Rambis was fired earlier in July after the Wolves went just 32-132 over the past two seasons.

In announcing the firing of Rambis, Kahn said he'd be looking for a coach more committed to the fast break. Like Porter, Woodson is puzzling in that context. The Hawks finished No. 27 in the NBA in pace factor in Woodson's final season in Atlanta, and over his tenure averaged a finish of No. 20.

For more on the Wolves' coach search, visit Canis Hoopus.

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