The Wolves have talked about their plans to hire a shooting coach, and have now done so, adding Mike Penberthy to the coaching staff. Penberthy was a terrific three point shooter in college, then played briefly with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Here's some text from the Wolves press release:
Penberthy will work on player development, specializing in shooting. Penberthy played collegiate basketball for The Master's College in Santa Clarita, Calif., from 1993-97 where he was a two-time NAIA All-American and set the school record for most career points. Penberthy held the NAIA record for consecutive games with at least one three-pointer made, with 111, until it was broken in December of 2005. Penberthy played in 53 games with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2000-01, averaging 5.0 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and shooting 39.6 percent (55-for-139) from three-point range as the Lakers won the NBA Championship. He also played in three games for the Lakers in 2001-02 before being waived. Penberthy' professional playing career spanned from 1997-2008, including numerous stints overseas and in the NBA and ABA.
Penberthy spent several years competing in leagues in Germany and Italy. It appears that this is his first coaching job.
Jason Hervey will be a college and pro personnel scout for the Wolves. He previously worked for the Pistons:
Hervey will serve as a college and NBA personnel scout for the Wolves. He comes to Minnesota from the Detroit Pistons where he held the title of director of basketball operations for the past two seasons. Prior to that, Hervey held positions of advance scout and video coordinator for the Washington Wizards from 2009-2012. He began his NBA career with the Detroit Pistons where he was the team's assistant video coordinator from 2005-09.
The team also announced that Dean Pierce has been named advance scout, after being a personnel scout for the Wolves for the last five years.