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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-09-19

Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-09-19

Minnesota Timberwolves Notes, Quotes 2009-09-19--Former Detroit Pistons bad boy and WNBA head coach Bill Laimbeer was one of 14 men David Kahn interviewed for the Wolves' head-coaching job. In the end, he accepted a job as an assistant to new head coach Kurt Rambis after a process that Laimbeer described as "he quizzed me a lot and I also quizzed him a little bit."

"I like the guy," Laimbeer said. "He's well prepared and a lot like me, which surprised me. He's a Laker. I'm a Piston. He speaks his mind: Honest, blunt, sarcastic. Ditto. I thought it was a good fit. The bottom line is he's very competitive and wants to win, and that's my nature."

Laimbeer joins a coaching staff that also includes former New Jersey head coach Dave Wohl and former Sacramento head coach Reggie Theus, who chose to return to the bench as an assistant rather than go back to television work.

"I just want to coach," said Theus, who was fired during his second season as Kings head coach. "I had opportunities to do TV and have done it for nine years or so and probably could have done something like that this year.

"But I'd rather have my hands involved in the game and be on a staff. I think from a coach's perspective, I would much rather hire you from someone's bench than from behind the microphone."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I understand what the word 'patience' means. I don't have it, but I understand it and have learned to temper myself a bit." -- New Wolves assistant coach Bill Laimbeer.

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