Timberwolves down to final two in coaching search

Minnesota general manager David Kahn is nearing the completion of his head coaching search.  

After considering replacements for Kurt Rambis for several weeks, the Timberwolves are down to the final two interviews with Sam Mitchell and Larry Brown.

Mitchell, who played two stints with the Timberwolves and was a Coach of the Year for Toronto in 2007, , the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Brown is set to meet with the Minnesota braintrust early next week.

Kahn and Taylor already have interviewed Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, Bernie Bickerstaff and Don Nelson. And former Houston coach Rick Adelman discussed the position with them, but didn’t formally interview and said earlier this week he plans to sit out from coaching this season.

With no end of the lockout in sight, there’s no real immediacy for the Timberwolves to make an immediate pick.

But it would still behoove them to pick their new coach as soon as possible, considering the magnitude of the rebuilding job at hand.

Just the thought of trying to teach Ricky Rubio NBA-level defensive principles should be enough to make whoever is hired want to jump into the job as quickly as possible.

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