With all the different success stories other franchises have had in hiring former players to coach their team it's high time the Wolves consider doing likewise. When you hear the names Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers, and Larry Bird uttered out of your friend's mouth for instance the first thing you think of is "great coach." Indeed, some of them have won multiple championships as coaches. But what people often forget is these great men, perhaps even legendary men, started off as players first. When Byron Scott first picked up a basketball at the tender age of 8 he most likely didn't think he had a shot at the NBA, much less being wildly successful. Then he made it and retired, and most likely didn't think he had a shot at being a wildly successful coach. Then he made two straight finals and coached the New Orleans Pelicans to their most successful season win total ever. That's a lot of feathers to have in anyone's cap, but the point is these former players-coaches are the perfect hybrid of basketball excellence you can't acquire never holding the rock in your hands in a pivotal game 7 with the shot clock running down and the steam of the arena dripping down your neck. Now, with big names like Jason Kidd and Derek Fisher getting hired in the Big Apple and finding success it's time the Wolves took a page out of the Big Apple playbook. To that end, I recommend the Wolves be even more innovative and hire a former Wolves player. These are the three most appropriate candidates.
Tom 'Googs' Gugliotta: You want to look up the definition of exceeding initial expectations, you then go forth and do so in your Webster and lo and behold there is a picture of the 'Googs' smiling at you behind his bangs. If anyone could get Love to stick around while simultaneously giving him advice on how to bang hard down low it's this guy.
Joe Smith: The consummate veteran. Smith played for thirteen different teams throughout his seemingly too short career and for good reason: the man was coveted by everyone. It stands to reason the same infectious persona would spill over into the realm of coaching like it did for Jason Kidd.
Oliver Miller: You want respect, you better walk tall and carry a big stick. No one understood that better than the larger than life Oliver Miller, who despite tipping the scales at a massive 375 pounds always saw life as an opportunity to such in his gut and strut. What's more, he was better than people thought, pouring in 5.3 WS and an 18 PER his second year in the league. Big Ollie would set the tone immediately with his girth, and if that didn't work and someone like JJ still got out of line, he served a year in prison for pistol whipping his girlfriend's brother so he's got the whole street 'cred' thing as well.
In conclusion, it's not always about intelligence and x's and o's. The great former player coaches proved that, hell, look at Jerry Sloan. The Wolves are sitting on a gold mine of former alumni that would look great in a pinstriped suit with a clipboard in hand prowling the sidelines. Instead of hiring himself, Flip should have thought to hire out of the Timberwolves fraternity/family tree.