Sam Mitchell, a former NBA Coach of the Year award winner, will interview for the open Minnesota Timberwolves job, reports Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Mitchell spent 10 of his 13 seasons as a player with the Wolves. He coached the Toronto Raptors for four seasons and change, winning C.O.Y. in 2007 after taking the Raps to an Atlantic Division title with a 47-35 record.
Mitchell joins an eclectic crew of Wolves candidates, including Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Bernie Bickerstaff, Terry Porter and Mike Woodson. Rick Adelman had discussions with Wolves GM David Kahn, but didn't visit Minneapolis as the others did. Mike Fratello has also been mentioned as a potential candidate.
The Wolves fired Kurt Rambis in July after the team went 32-132 in two seasons under the former Los Angeles Lakers assistant. However, that 32-132 record is also stuck to Kahn, who arrived in 2009 and has rebuilt the roster. Kevin Love made the All-Star team in 2010-11, but the rest of the roster remains unproven and, in many cases, unappealing.