Found December 07, 2011 on
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MINNEAPOLIS With the start of training camp just two days away, time had been running out for new Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman to assemble his staff.
On Wednesday, Adelman took care of that problem, adding a two-time former NBA head coach in Terry Porter and a total of more than 160 years of coaching and playing experience to his bench.
Joining Porter will be Jack Sikma, T.R. Dunn and Bill Bayno. The team also announced that R.J. Adelman will be director of player personnelgame preparation. Shawn Respert and David Adelman were hired as player development coaches, and Pat Zipfel will be the teams new advance scout.
"I'm excited to be able to add such a wealth of experience and talent to our coaching staff," Rick Adelman said in a statement. "I have worked with Terry and T.R. for many years, with Jack for the past four seasons, and have known Bill for many years. Each of them brings valuable coaching experience and a vast knowledge of the game to our staff."
Porter, who played for Adelman with Portland in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was also an assistant coach for Adelman with Sacramento in 2002. Since that time, he has had head coaching stints with Milwaukee (2003-05) and Phoenix (2008-09). Porter played for the Timberwolves from 1995-98 and retired as a player in 2002.
Sikma spent the past four seasons working on Adelmans staff in Houston. Sikma, whose 14-year playing career ended in 1991, got his start on the bench as a special assignments coach for Seattle in 2003-04.
Dunn also worked with Adelman for the past four seasons in Houston. Before that, he was a Sacramento assistant from 2004-07, working with Adelman for two of those seasons. His 14-year playing career also ended in 1991, and he began his coaching career the next season as an assistant for the Charlotte Hornets.
Bayno has spent the previous five seasons on the Portland coaching staff. Prior to taking jobs as a professional assistant, he was the head coach at UNLV from 1995-2000. He began his college assistant coaching career in 1985 at Seton Hall.
R.J. Adelman spent the past four years on his fathers staff in Houston. He will be involved with evaluating players throughout the NBA, working with the coaching staff on game preparation and planning and overseeing the team's statistical evaluation and analysis. Adelman will also oversee the team's advance scouts and video department.
Respert, who played in the NBA from 1995-99, spent the past three seasons as the Rockets director of player programs.
David Adelman, another of Ricks sons, is entering his first year with the Timberwolves after spending the past five seasons as head basketball coach at Lincoln High School in Portland, Ore.
Zipfel has been a Rockets advance scout since 2007
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