Yesterday the Wolves announced the new members of their coaching and basketball operations staffs, a couple of which we knew about, and a couple that were news, at least to me.
Andy Greer and Rick Brunson were formally announced as assistant coaches; both of them coached under Thibodeau in Chicago. Greer has coached with Thibs in several spots and is a longtime colleague.
In addition, the Wolves announced the hiring of Peter Patton as shooting coach:
Patton has been teaching basketball for over 20 years, including learning the craft of shooting under San Antonio Spurs Assistant Coach Chip Engelland. A four-year graduate at DePaul, Patton never missed a game in college and set the DePaul single-season three-point percentage record as a junior (54.1%), a mark that still stands.
Daisuke Yoshimoto joins the team as a Special Assistant to the POBO:
Yoshimoto joins the Timberwolves after spending last season in Denver as Video Coordinator. Before joining the Nuggets, he spent four seasons in Chicago as Video Coordinator under Thibodeau. Prior to starting his career with the New Jersey Nets, Yoshimoto served as Video Coordinator for the Ukraine National Team under the direction of Head Coach Mike Fratello.
Finally, Vince Lagarza has been promoted to player development coach:
Legarza is entering his second season with the Timberwolves, originally joining the team prior to last season as Player Development Assistant/Player Development Video Coordinator. A San Francisco native, he spent two seasons in the Atlanta Hawks’ Basketball Operations/Player Development departments before coming to Minnesota. Prior to joining the NBA ranks, Legarza spent five years playing at Miami University, including serving as Captain of the squad for three seasons.