Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Turner recently interviews for the Wolves head coaching position

By Anthony Caruso III

Recently, Elston Turner interviewed for the Minnesota Timberwolves head coaching job. He is one of several candidates to interview for the position after Kevin McHale was let go back in June. It is unknown if Turner is a top candidate for the job.

Turner previously interviewed twice with the Phoenix Suns last summer when Mike D'Antoni left for the New York Knicks head coaching job in May 2008. He was not hired by the Suns, as Suns GM Steve Kerr went with his friend Terry Porter. But Porter was fired at the mid-way point in February, before he was replaced by Alvin Gentry, who runs a fast-paced offense like D'Antoni does.

Turner has worked as a member of the Houston Rockets coaching staff under Rick Adelman since 2007. Turner previously worked with Adelman in Sacramento, where Turner spent 6 years as an assistant coach. Turner also coached 4-years with the Portland TrailBlazers, too.

Turner was a second-round pick (43rd overall) in the 1981 draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He played 8 seasons in the NBA from 1981-1989 for the Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, and the Chicago Bulls. He also played and coached in the CBA, including a player-coach role with the Chicago Rockers. He also played professionally in Europe, as well.

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