Andy Katz of ESPN: Bzdelik Discussed Top Assistant Job with Timberwolves, Not Head Coaching Job


A source close to Colorado coach Jeff Bzdelik told that Bzdelik discussed becoming a top assistant for the Minnesota Timberwolves with general manager David Kahn, not the head coach, when he was in Las Vegas two weeks ago for the NBA's summer league to watch some former players. The source said Kahn discussed with Bzdelik that he could be the trusted aide to whoever lands the job. The source said he was told the list focused mainly on ESPN/ABC analyst Mark Jackson, Houston assistant Elston Turner and Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis. Bzdelik is still actively recruiting for Colorado but if Kahn comes back with an offer sometime in the next month that Bzdelik can't refuse, then he would likely take the gig. Colorado is arguably the worst job in the Big 12 with facilities that don't match up with any of its competitors in the league. Bzdelik took Denver to the playoffs and had a successful run at Air Force before taking over at Colorado. One of the main reasons Bzdelik wanted to stay in the Denver area after he was forced out with the Nuggets was that his daughter had a brain tumor. She has since recovered well and is a freshman at Wake Forest, allowing him to move out of the state if need be. If Bzdelik were to get the offer and accept, the timing would likely make top assistant and former Wyoming head coach Steve McClain as the likely successor for the Colorado job. The source said Kahn would likely make the decision as to whether or not Bzdelik is on the bench. Having management decide on assistants, rather than just the head coach, isn't out of the norm in the NBA.