CU coach Bzdelik interviews for T-wolves job
LAS VEGAS — University of Colorado basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik is being looked at again by the NBA.
Bzdelik confirmed to the Rocky Mountain Independent on Thursday afternoon that he has interviewed with the Minnesota Timberwolves about their open head-coaching position. A source close to the situation earlier had told the RMI that Bzdelik interviewed this week with Timberwolves general manager David Kahn at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
“While I was out in Las Vegas, there was conversation with Minnesota,’’ said Bzdelik, who was in Las Vegas from Monday through Wednesday. “Any further conversation would require permission from the University of Colorado.’’
Bzdelik called it an “unexpected’’ conversation with the Timberwolves. He said he primarily went to the summer league to see former Buffaloes star Richard Roby playing for Oklahoma City.
Bzdelik coached the Nuggets in 2002-03 and 2003-04 before being fired midway through the 2004-05 season. He unexpectedly led the Nuggets to the 2004 NBA playoffs, their first appearance in nine years, and had an overall record of 73-119. He has been Colorado’s coach the past two seasons.
Bzdelik, who was a longtime NBA assistant and scout before joining the Nuggets, was interviewed for the Chicago Bulls head position last year. That job eventually went to Vinny Del Negro.
Kahn has interviewed numerous candidates to replace the Timberwolves’ Kevin McHale, who was let go after the season. Among those thought to be frontrunners are ABC analyst and former NBA point guard Mark Jackson, Dallas assistant and former NBA head coach Terry Stotts, Los Angeles Lakers assistant and former NBA head coach Kurt Rambis and Houston assistant Elston Turner.