Little bit late on this news, but the Timberwolves interviewed Mike Woodson for their vacant head coaching position on Tuesday. Woodson, the former coach of the Atlanta Hawks, did not coach last year after being fired after the 2009-2010 season. Woodson had lead the Hawks to the playoffs in his last three years of coaching.
How will Woodson fit with the T’Wolves if he gets hired? It’s hard to say. Woodson was let go after getting swept in the Conference Semifinals two consecutive years. His track record isn’t impressive, as he boasts just a .418 winning percentage overall. He was also known for letting the inmates run the asylum so to speak. That last sentence could be his undoing in his pursuit of this job.
When you have a team full of young players, you need a coach to instill discipline and defense. The Atlanta teams Woodson coached were not known for either of those. In fact, I don’t know if the Hawks played defense ever while being coaching by Woodson. His teams boasted good regular season records, but they might be more indicative of the talent those Atlanta teams had.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of Woodson. He just doesn’t strike me as the right fit for this team. When you have the future of your franchise depending on the development of young players, a player’s coach isn’t the best fit. This team needs a defensive-minded coach to run the ship. The T’Wolves were awful on defense, and I don’t see them getting better if Woodson gets the job. I would love to see Bernie Bickerstaff get a shot. He was on the short list of candidates to start the season, and he’s a seasoned veteran. He was recently an assistant on the Bulls and Trail Blazers, so he has been around winning teams. Both of those teams were extremely young as well.
The franchise doesn’t need to make a splash with this fire. They need a solid coach with a solid background. To me, that isn’t Mike Woodson. This process is just beginning, so expect plenty of twist and turns in this ongoing saga.