Timberwolves Basketball Operations Staff
Timberwolves Front Office and Basketball Operations StaffGlen Taylor
On March 23, 1995, Glen Taylor closed the deal that made him majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He added the title of NBA owner to a list that already included international businessman, state senator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and executive of the year.
Glen Taylor is chairman and CEO of the multinational Taylor Corporation, based in Mankato, Minn. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. During this period, he worked part time at Carlson Wedding Service, a print shop specializing in formal invitations. After graduation he continued to work at the company, developing strategies to cut delivery time, improve service and expand offerings. Taylor purchased the company in 1975, assembled a passionate leadership team and dramatically expanded the firm’s capabilities, growing it into one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Today Taylor Corporation, based in North Mankato, includes more than 70 subsidiaries providing business and personal communications products, technologies and marketing services. Other enterprises owned by Glen are in securities, agricultural, and medical fields.
He continued his education at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1997, Mankato State University awarded Taylor their first honorary doctorate. Taylor received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws for his distinguished professional career and volunteer service. In October 2001, Taylor was inducted into the Minnesota State University, Mankato Hall of Distinction.
Taylor’s business savvy has been recognized by Corporate Report magazine, which honored him as its Executive of the Year (1987), and the Sales and Marketing Executives of Minneapolis/St. Paul, who awarded him with their Sales Executive of the Year Award (1999). He was also inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame (2002) by Twin Cities Monthly Magazine.
Taylor was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1980, where he served until 1990. He became assistant Senate minority leader in 1982. From 1984 to 1986, he served as Senate minority leader. While in the Senate, Taylor was instrumental in providing leadership in the areas of higher education, child care and economic development policies.
He has served on the NBA Planning Committee and has been Chairman of the Audit Committee. In October of 2008, Taylor was named Chairman of the NBA's Board of Governors.
Through personal involvement, Taylor has remained active in many community, civic and charitable causes. He has also has served on his church’s board of deacons and board of trustees and on the Mankato State University Foundation board of directors.
Taylor and his family have provided financial assistance and participated in missions to Africa, Turkey, Egypt and Central America to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Common Hope.
Nationally, Taylor has provided expert testimony on business and childcare issues to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and served as a committee chair on the 1991 Commission on Reform and Efficiency (CORE).
Taylor and his wife, Becky, live in Mankato. Their children and grandchildren enjoy attending many of the Timberwolves games.
WILLIAM F. BIEBER Chairman, ATEK Companies, Plymouth, Minn. Bieber resides in Edina, Minn.
JOHN BOLLERO A retired commodity trader. A native of Decantur, Ill., now resides in Palm Beach, FL and Lake Geneva, Wis.
RALPH W. BURNET Chairman of Coldwell Banker Burnet, Edina, Minn., and Owner and Chairman of RWB Hospitality LLC. Burnet resides in his hometown of Wayzata, Minn.
R. WYNN KEARNEY, JR. is a retired orthopedic surgeon who resides in Mankato, Minn., his hometown.
TERI E. POPP President Minnesota Military Family Tribute and retired attorney residing in Orono, Minn.
WILLIAM J. (BILL) POPP Owner/President of POPP Communications., Golden Valley, Minn. A native of Minneapolis, Popp resides in Orono, Minnesota.
PHIL "FLIP" SAUNDERS President of Basketball Operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Saunders resides in Wayzata, Minn.
JOYCE SEXTON President Sexton Family Foundation. Sexton resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
WILLIAM SEXTON Retired President/Owner Old Northwest Company. Sexton resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Chief Executive Officer
Rob Moor became chief executive officer of the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2004 following 10 years as the team's president. While reorganizing the Timberwolves and building a first-class staff, Moor was also involved in securing a WNBA franchise for Minnesota in 1998 and, in 2004, leading the effort to form Midwest Entertainment Group and manage Target Center until the spring of 2007.
Moor's strategic goals for the Timberwolves and Lynx revolve around customer service and a fan-centered attitude. “If we provide great customer service and great entertainment, we will always be successful,” Moor says.
In a career that began at MGM Studios in Culver City, Calif., Moor was involved in the merger with United Artists and the subsequent sale of the studio to Ted Turner. Moor worked for Turner Entertainment for two years before moving to 20th Century Fox in film distribution. While at Fox, Moor had the opportunity to join the Los Angeles Kings where he transitioned his entertainment career to sports. Moor was the executive vice president of the Los Angeles Kings when he moved to Minnesota to lead the Timberwolves.
In addition to being on the executive committee of Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association, Moor is also involved with several non-profit organizations. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Moor lived in Europe until he moved to the United States in 1966. Moor currently resides in Plymouth, Minn.
The 2013-14 season marked Wright's 23nd year with the Timberwolves organization and 10th as the team's president. Wright is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the team.
He leads a senior management group that is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the business operations of the franchise. By developing a culture driven by the values of maximum effort, teamwork, passion for what we do, innovative thinking, fun and integrity, Wright and his senior management team are integrating the business and basketball operations to meet the strategic and financial goals of the team.
As president, Wright also articulates the mission for the organization, which is to creatively provide the ultimate sports and entertainment experience at exceptional value, with unparalleled customer service, while connecting with and engaging in our community. Whether coming to the arena, watching a game on television, purchasing a ticket online, or meeting players and staff in the community, Timberwolves fans know that they are the sole focus of the organization’s efforts.
Wright believes that by developing a culture that understands the identity and brand essence of the Timberwolves that the team's organizational objectives will be achieved. He believes in hiring a staff that is genuinely optimistic and passionate about the franchise — a staff that is professional, yet strives for fun with Timberwolves fans and clients.
A native of England, Wright came to the United States in 1978. Prior to joining the Timberwolves, he spent three years working for the state of Minnesota, first as a consultant working on bids for major national and international events, including the programming of the $17.4 million National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Prior to that, Wright also served as general manager for two Major Indoor Soccer League Teams, the Pittsburgh Spirit (1981-86) and the Minnesota Strikers (1986-87).
Wright, who graduated from Carnegie College of Physical Education in Headingly, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, is very involved in and consults with many local charities and youth sports programs. He was elected to and serves on the executive board of directors of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. Wright resides in Eden Prairie with his wife Walla and daughter Christy. He also has two sons Ned and Jeff, and daughters-in-law Laura and Amy.
President of Basketball Operations/Minority Owner
Phil "Flip" Saunders returned to the Minnesota Timberwolves on May 3, 2013, as the team's President of Basketball Operations. Saunders was originally with the Wolves from 1995-2005 and guided the team during its most successful years, highlighted by a trip to the 2004 Western Conference Finals. Saunders, who has more than 20 years of professional basketball experience, is responsible for all decisions made within the Timberwolves basketball operations department. Saunders also is a Timberwolves minority owner.
Prior to re-joining the Timberwolves, Saunders worked for ESPN as a basketball analyst for two seasons. Before that, he was named the Washington Wizards head coach on April 22, 2009 and remained with the Wizards into the 2011-12 season. Saunders joined the Wizards after leading the Detroit Pistons to a 176-70 (.715) record from 2005-08, the highest winning percentage of any coach in their franchise history. Prior to joining Detroit, Saunders spent nine-plus years with the Minnesota Timberwolves (1995- 2005), where he guided the club to eight consecutive playoff appearances and a Western Conference best and franchise-best 58-24 record in 2003-04 -- a season that culminated in a berth in the Western Conference Finals. During his tenure in Minnesota, he won NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month honors four times (April ’04, February ’03, January ’01, January ’00) and coached the Western Conference during the 2004 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Saunders’ time with Timberwolves represented the best years in the franchise’s history, and placed him as the organization’s all-time winningest coach. He posted a winning record in six of his nine full seasons as head coach, compiling an overall record of 411-326 (.558).
In two decades of coaching at the professional level, including 15-plus seasons in the NBA, Saunders has cemented his reputation as one of the finest coaches in the game of basketball. With a record of 638-526, he ranks 20th on the NBA all-time coaching wins chart, and his .548 winning percentage is 11th among all NBA coaches who have coached more than 1,110 games. Saunders has seven 50-win seasons to his credit as an NBA head coach, with four Conference Finals appearances in 11 postseason appearances.
The Cleveland, Ohio, native began his successful coaching career at Golden Valley Lutheran College, where he compiled a 92-13 record (including a perfect 56-0 mark at home) in four seasons. In 1981, he joined the coaching staff at his alma matter, the University of Minnesota, as an assistant coach where he helped the Golden Gophers to the 1982 Big Ten Championship. After five seasons at Minnesota, Saunders moved to an assistant coach position at the University of Tulsa, where he worked for two seasons before heading to the pro ranks.
Saunders, 58, was an All-America basketball player at Cuyahoga Heights High School in Cleveland. During his senior season in 1973, he was named Ohio’s Class A High School Basketball Player of the Year after averaging a state-high 32.0 points per game. He continued his basketball career at Minnesota, where he teamed with Kevin McHale and started in 101 of his 103 career games.
Saunders was born February 23, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio. He and his wife, Debbie, have four children: Ryan, Mindy and twins, Rachel and Kimberly.
Milt Newton is in his first season as the Timberwolves' general manager. He will assist Flip Saunders in the evaluation and acquisition of players and in the overall management of all basketball operations for the Wolves. Newton spent the last 10 seasons with the Washington Wizards, most recently as the team's vice president of player personnel.
Prior to joining the Wizards organization, Newton was instrumental in spearheading the creation of the NBA Developmental League, serving as the NBADL Director of Player Personnel for three years. Newton previously spent one year as a scout with the Philadelphia 76ers and was also the Assistant Director for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team programs from 1995-99.
Newton had a stellar playing career, first as a high school star in Washington, D.C., and then as a starter for the 1988 University of Kansas NCAA National Championship team. He was named to the 1988 NCAA Midwest Regional and Final Four All-Tournament teams. Newton played professionally in the Continental Basketball Association for the Rockford Lightning and Grand Rapids Hoops.
Born in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Newton and his wife, Shalaun have two children, Shaniya Adell (10), and Miles Kenneth (6).
Rick Adelman became the 10th head coach in Wolves history in 2011, and he is currently in his third season with the Timberwolves. Adelman owns a career record of 1,002-707 (.586) in 20 NBA seasons as a head coach with the Portland Trail Blazers (1988-94), Golden State Warriors (1995-97), Sacramento Kings (1998-2006) and Houston Rockets (2007-11). He ranks eighth all-time in coaching wins and has recorded the most wins among active NBA coaches. Adelman also holds a career 79-78 (.503) mark in the postseason. Adelman’s teams have qualified for the playoffs 16 times in his 22 seasons.
Last season, Adelman became the eighth head coach to record 1,000 victories; currently, Adelman stands as the only active member of the 1,000-win club. By reaching the milestone in his 1,703rd game, Adelman became the fifth-fastest coach to win 1,000 NBA games.
A winner throughout his career, Adelman is known around the league as a basketball teacher with an ability to mold a team’s style of play around the strengths of his players. Adelman’s coaching highlights include a pair of NBA Finals appearances (1990 and 1992 with Portland), four trips to the Western Conference Finals (1990-92 with Portland and 2002 with Sacramento) and four division titles (1990-91 and 1991-92 with Portland; 2001-02 and 2002-03 with Sacramento). He has been runner-up for NBA Coach of the Year honors four times (1990-91 with Portland; 2000-01 and 2001-02 with Sacramento; 2008-09 with Houston). Adelman has also coached the West Team in the NBA All-Star Game on three separate occasions (1991 with Portland; 2001 and 2003 with Sacramento). Overall, Adelman has been named NBA Coach of the Month seven times over his career (three with Portland, two with Sacramento and two with Houston).
Adelman’s trademark offenses have finished among the top five in the NBA in scoring on 13 occasions over his head coaching career. He has had four additional teams rank in the top-10 in points per game. His teams have also shown a great balance on the defensive end of the floor. When matched with pace of play, Adelman has had seven squads (four with Portland, one with Sacramento and two with Houston) finish in the top-five in scoring defense.
In his first campaign in Houston, Adelman led the 2007-08 Rockets to a 55-27 (.671) record to match the third-best win total in franchise history. That season, Houston captured 22 victories in a row (1/29/08-3/16/08), which stands as the second-longest winning streak in NBA history. The 22-game run by the Rockets marked the second time Adelman has guided a team to at least 16 consecutive victories. His Trail Blazers also took 16 straight back in 1990-91 (3/20/91-4/19/91). During this historic streak, the Rockets equaled the all-time league record for consecutive wins by a double-digit margin (10 from 2/21/08-3/10/08), including eight straight victories by 12 or more points (2/21/08-3/6/08).
Adelman recorded a 395-229 (.633) record in eight seasons (1998-2006) as head coach of the Sacramento Kings, making him the winningest coach in Kings franchise history. He guided Sacramento to playoff appearances in each of his eight campaigns, compiling a 34-35 (.493) mark in the postseason. Sacramento won 50 or more games in five consecutive seasons (2000-01 through 2004-05) under his leadership, including back-to-back Pacific Division titles in 2001-02 and 2002-03. The Kings finished with a record above .500 in all eight seasons under Adelman's direction. Prior to his arrival, no Sacramento-era Kings squad had registered a winning record, which dated back to 1985-86.
While in Sacramento, Adelman turned the Kings into the highest scoring team in the league by going from an average of 93.1 points per game in 1997-98 to an average of 100.2 points in 1998-99, despite the league average dipping by four points over the same span. Sacramento continued to increase its scoring to a league-best 105.0 points per game in 1999-2000. Overall, the Kings topped the NBA in scoring for three straight seasons (1998-99 through 2000-01).
In his first season with the Golden State Warriors in 1995-96, Adelman’s influence helped Golden State reduce its points allowed from 111.1 per game to 103.1, which marked the fewest for the franchise in 20 years. In addition, the 1995-96 Warriors outrebounded their opponents (3,458-3,406) for only the second time in 14 seasons.
Adelman joined Portland’s staff in 1983 under Jack Ramsay and served as an assistant coach until Feb. 18, 1989, replacing Mike Schuler as head coach. In nearly six seasons at the helm of the Trail Blazers, Adelman racked up a record of 291-154 (.654) in the regular season and a 36-33 (.522) mark in the postseason. He twice coached the Trail Blazers into the NBA Finals, qualifying Portland for the playoffs in all six of his seasons. He also led the Trail Blazers to four consecutive 50-plus win campaigns. Adelman still ranks as the second winningest coach in franchise history behind Ramsay.
In his first full season as head coach in 1989-90, Adelman guided the Trail Blazers to a 59-23 record and a trip to the NBA Finals. The following season, Portland won the Pacific Division title behind a league-best mark of 63-19, advancing to the 1991 Western Conference Finals. In 1991-92, the Trail Blazers captured their second straight Pacific Division crown with a 57-25 record and went to the NBA Finals for the second time in three seasons.
Adelman began his coaching career at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, where his teams amassed a 141-39 record over six seasons (1977-83). Chemeketa won or shared in three Oregon community college championships and one regional title.
As a player, Adelman spent seven seasons in the NBA with the San Diego Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Jazz and Kansas City-Omaha Kings. Selected by the Rockets in the seventh round (79th overall) of the 1968 NBA Draft, the 6--2 guard averaged 6.7 points, 3.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds in two seasons as a reserve in San Diego. Adelman was taken by Portland in the 1970 NBA Expansion Draft and was made the first team captain in Trail Blazers history. Adelman actually got his first taste of coaching experience during the 1970-71 NBA season when he led Portland to a victory after coach Rolland Todd was ejected from the game. Traded by the Trail Blazers to the Bulls prior to the 1973-74 campaign, Adelman was again dealt to the Jazz early in the 1974-75 season. Looking for veteran leadership in their run to the 1975 NBA Playoffs, the Kings made a late-season acquisition to obtain Adelman. He retired in 1975 with career averages of 7.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.4 rebounds in 462 regular season games.
Adelman began his playing career at St. Pius X High School in Downey, California, before attending Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, where he was named MVP of the West Coast Athletic Conference as a senior in 1967-68. After retiring from the NBA, he returned to Loyola to earn a master’s degree in history and then worked for Converse in Southern California for a year.
A native of Lynwood, California, Adelman is a devoted family man and community leader. He and his wife, Mary Kay, who have been married for more than 40 years, enjoy playing golf and tennis, as well as spending time with their six children: Kathy and her husband, John, R.J., Laura and her husband, Chris, David, Caitlin and Patrick; and seven grandchildren: Mary Kay, Anna, Mackenzie, Emilie, Madison, Zachary and Tyler. The entire Adelman family has always shown a great commitment to the community, working closely with local church and charitable organizations. In 2000, Chemeketa Community College honored Adelman by presenting him with the Gwen VanDenBosch Volunteer of the Year Award for his tireless fundraising efforts through his annual Rick Adelman Golf Classic. Each year, the golf tournament provides scholarship funds for a male and female member of the Chemeketa basketball teams.
Terry Porter joined Rick Adelman's staff in 2011, reuniting the pair that led the Portland Trail Blazers to six consecutive playoff appearances and two trips to the NBA Finals in the early 1990s. Porter's coaching career began as an assistant to Adelman with the Sacramento Kings in 2002, and includes head coaching stints with the Milwaukee Bucks (2003-04 and 2004-05) and Phoenix Suns (2008-09). Porter was also an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons from 2006-08. Most recently, Porter served as an alumni ambassador for the Blazers during the 2009-10 season before joining their broadcast team last season.
A Trail Blazer legend, Porter was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 1985 draft and spent his first 10 seasons in Portland, including six with Adelman at the helm. Porter remains the franchise's all-time leader in assists and three-pointers made, and ranks second in team history in points, free throws made, steals and minutes played. Porter was an instrumental part of Portland's 1990 and 1992 Western Conference Champion squads and a two-time NBA All-Star.
Porter's hiring also represents a return to the Timberwolves, where he played from 1995 through 1998. The 6-3 guard also played one season in Miami and three with San Antonio, finishing his career with averages of 12.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 1,274 career games.
As a head coach, Porter’s 2003-04 Bucks earned a playoff berth before being defeated by the eventual NBA Champion Detroit Pistons. Porter’s Milwaukee clubs went a combined 71-93 and were 50-32 at home. As the head coach in Phoenix, Porter compiled a 28-23 record before the Suns made a midseason coaching change.
Porter received his degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In 1999, he was awarded the university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Porter and his wife Suzie have three children: Brianna, Franklin and Malcolm.
Jack Sikma joined the Wolves in 2011 after spending the previous four seasons on the Houston Rockets' coaching staff. Sikma's coaching career began when he was named as a special assignments coach for the Seattle SuperSonics prior to the 2003-04 season. The former Sonics center was promoted to assistant coach following that campaign.
In 14 seasons as a player in the NBA, Sikma averaged 15.6 points and 9.8 rebounds in 1,107 games with Seattle and the Milwaukee Bucks. A seven-time NBA All-Star, Sikma was also named to the 1977-78 NBA All-Rookie Team and earned 1981-82 NBA All-Defense Second Team accolades.
A 6-foot-11 product of Illinois Wesleyan University, Sikma was selected by the Sonics with the eighth overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft. Sikma became just the third Sonics player to grab 1,000 rebounds in a season when he pulled down 1,013 boards in 1978-79. He used his tenacity on the glass to help carry Seattle into the playoffs, saving his best for the 1979 NBA Finals against the Washington Bullets when he grabbed 17 rebounds in each of Games Three, Four and Five to help the Sonics capture the league title.
When Sikma was traded to Milwaukee in 1986, he left the Sonics having registered more rebounds (7,729), blocked shots (705) and free throws made (3,044) than any prior player in team history. He still holds the team’s career marks for rebounds and free throws made, while ranking second in blocked shots, third in points (12,034) and fourth in games played (715).
Sikma retired from playing after the 1990-91 season and returned to the Seattle area. His jersey #43 was retired by the franchise during a halftime ceremony of a Sonics vs. Detroit Pistons game on Nov. 21, 1992.
Born on Nov. 14, 1955, in Kankakee, Illinois, Sikma and his wife, Shawn, have three sons, Jacob, Lucas and Nathan.
A long-time assistant to Rick Adelman, Dunn joined the Wolves staff in 2011 after spending the previous four campaigns with the Houston Rockets. Dunn was also an assistant on the Sacramento Kings coaching staff from 2004 through 2007, with the first two of those three-seasons also being Adelman-led teams.
Prior to joining the Kings, Dunn spent two seasons (2002-04) as an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets. In 2001-02, Dunn worked as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Alabama. Prior to that, he coached in the WNBA for the Charlotte Sting, serving as head coach in 2000 and as an assistant coach during the 1999 season. Dunn also served a prior stint as an assistant for the Nuggets in 1997-98 and was an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets from 1991-97.
During his 14-year NBA playing career, Dunn was regarded as one of the premier defensive players of his time. He was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team three times (1983-85) and was considered one of the top rebounding guards in the NBA throughout his career. He finished with career averages of 5.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 993 regular season games. Drafted by Portland with the 41st overall pick of the 1977 NBA Draft, Dunn spent his first three campaigns with the Trail Blazers before being traded to Denver. He also played one season with the Phoenix Suns (1988-89) before returning to the Nuggets for his final two years.
In 10 seasons as a member of the Nuggets (1980-88 and 1989-91), Dunn still ranks second all-time in steals (1,070), fourth in games played (734) and fifth in minutes played (18,322). Dunn still ranks first in steals (83), second in games played (58), second in offensive rebounds (119) and fifth in total rebounds (287) in Denver’s postseason history.
A four-year letterman at Alabama from 1973-77, Dunn finished his collegiate career with a scoring average of 11.2 points per game. Theodore Roosevelt Dunn and his wife, Cynthia, have two sons, Schmohn and Keenan.
David Adelman enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Wolves after spending the previous two seasons as the team's player development coach where he was responsible for assisting in all of the team's player development initiatives.
Prior to that, Adelman was head basketball coach at Lincoln High School in Portland, Ore. His teams went 83-53 in five seasons at Lincoln, as he led the Cardinals to the Portland Interscholastic District Championships in the 2006-07, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, while also reaching the Oregon Class 6A State Championship Final in 2009.
Prior to coaching at Lincoln, Adelman was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Jesuit High School in Portland, from 2001-06, helping the team win a state title in 2005. As a player, Adelman helped Jesuit win a state championship in 1999.
Adelman attended the University of Portland before joining the Jesuit staff. He is in the process of finishing a degree in history from Portland State. Adelman and his wife, Jenny, reside in Minneapolis.
Player Development Coach
Jackson returns to Minnesota after serving as assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings the past two seasons. Prior to that, Jackson worked in a regional scout/player development capacity in 2010-11 and was the team's first-ever Ambassador in 2009-10.
Jackson finished his 12-year NBA career in 2009 after playing for six teams: Denver, (1997-98), Minnesota (1998--00), Sacramento (2001-05, 2008-09), Memphis (2005-06), New Orleans (2006-08), and Houston (2007-08). In his two seasons with the Wolves, Jackson averaged 5.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 123 games (10 starts). He won the NBA's Sixth Man award in 2002-03 while playing for the Kings.
Jackson starred at the University of Minnesota where he led the Golden Gophers to the 1997 Final Four. During that season he averaged 15.3 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists, and scored 36 points in an NCAA Tournament double-overtime win against Clemson.
A Salisbury, N.C., native, Jackson and his wife, Dona, are parents of Breann (19), Kendrick (17), Skyy (13), Sarah (10), and Sebella (4).
Director of Player Personnel
R.J. Adelman enters his third year with the Timberwolves after spending the previous four seasons on his father's staff in Houston. He assists in scouting and evaluating NBA and NBADL players and also scouts college games.
Before joining the Rockets, Adelman worked as an NBA advance scout for the Seattle SuperSonics. He also served five years as a scout for the Sacramento Kings, including the final three seasons as assistant video coordinator in the Basketball Operations Department.
He joined Maloof Sports and Entertainment after practicing law in Portland, Oregon, working in private practice and as a real estate lawyer for GMAC Mortgage.
Adelman was a four-year letterman in basketball at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, which won the NAIA Division II National Championship in 1993. After completing his bachelor’s degree in political science from Willamette in 1995, Adelman earned his law degree from the University of Oregon in 2001.
Director of International Player Personnel/Scout
Zarko Durisic is in his 18th season with the Timberwolves organization where he heads up the team's international scouting efforts. He previously held positions with the Wolves as director of college and international player personnel, director of player personnel and head scout.
A native of Montenegro (part of the former Yugoslavia), Durisic played for the national teams of Yugoslavia at all levels (cadets, juniors and seniors). He came to the United States in 1980 and attended Wichita State University where he played with former NBA players Xavier McDaniel, Cliff Livingston and Antoine Carr. Durisic was a member of two NCAA tournament qualifiers. After graduation from Wichita State in 1984 with a degree in computer science, Durisic played professionally for 11 seasons in Slovenia, where his teams won six Slovenian national titles.
Following his playing career, Durisic coached in Slovenia where he won one national title. His 1995-96 squad included future NBA players Rasho Nesterovic and Vladimir Stepania.
Durisic and his wife, Tatjana, have two daughters: Jelena and Aleksandra.
Director of Player Programs/Scout
Calvin Booth enters his first season with the Timberwolves as Director of Player Programs/Scout. In this role as Director of Player Programs, Booth will cultivate one-on-one relationships with Wolves players, provide guidance to help them develop life skills, both professionally and socially, and assist in planning for life after basketball. Booth will also serve as a player personnel scout.
Booth enjoyed a 10-year NBA playing career (1999 - 2009) with the Washington Wizards, Dallas Mavericks, Seattle Sonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings. In 366 career games, 83 starts, the 6-11 forward/center averaged 3.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game. Booth played in one game for the Wolves in the 2008-09 season after being acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in the summer of 2008. He most recently served as a scout, both pro and collegiate, with the New Orleans Hornets last season.
Booth, a native of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, played college basketball at Penn State from 1995-99 and was Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and All-Big Ten Second Team as a senior.
Calvin and his wife, Keisha, and their daughters, Carter (9) and Camble (3), and sons, Carey (8) and Clarke (born June 2013), reside in Minneapolis.
Manager of Team Services
Kaayla Chones joins the Timberwolves staff this season as Manager of Team Operations. She will handle the day-to-day activities of the basketball department, including serving as a liaison between the business department and basketball operations, carrying out NBA initiatives, and coordinating all individual business travel needs. She will also assist the players with personal, professional and social development and help new players and their families with relocation and integration to the community.
Chones, the daughter of former NBA player Jim Chones, spent three seasons (2004 -06) in the WNBA, playing for the Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm. In 28 career games she averaged 1.5 points and 0.8 rebounds. Chones spent the last eight years playing professionally overseas in six different countries, including the 2012-13 season in Israel where she won a league championship with Elitzur Ramla.
During the summer, Chones served as the director of programs for The Chones Camps for the last 11 years (2002 - 2013). The program offers basketball camps and literacy programs with the county libraries to children all over northeast Ohio.
A native of Pepper Pike, Ohio, Chones played college basketball at North Carolina State from 1999-2004 and was a First Team All-ACC selection as a senior.
Vice President of Basketball Operations
Rob Babcock, who has 22 years of NBA management experience, returned to the Timberwolves in 2006 after spending two seasons as the general manager of the Toronto Raptors. He was promoted to vice president of basketball operations prior to this season.
Babcock spent 12 years with Minnesota during his first stint with the team, the final two seasons as vice president of player personnel. Babcock served as the team's director of player personnel from 1994-2002, and two seasons (1992-94) as a scout. Babcock joined the NBA in 1987 as the director of scouting for the Denver Nuggets, where he spent five seasons before joining the Wolves.
A native of Phoenix, Babcock attended Grand Canyon College in Phoenix and helped his team to a second-place finish in the 1974 NAIA final national rankings. Babcock began his coaching career in Mexico City at The American School Foundation. He later returned to Phoenix where he coached at Greenway and Maryvale high schools. In 1982, he earned Southwest Valley Coach of the Year honors.
Rob and his wife, Laura, have two sons, Nathan and Christopher.
Advance Scout/Assistant Coach
Pat Zipfel enters his 13th season in the NBA and third season as the Timberwolves NBA advance scout/assistant coach after serving in that capacity for the Houston Rockets since 2007.
This past summer, Zipfel was on the coaching staff of the Dominican Republic National Team, helping the team qualify for the 2014 World Games -- the first time the country has qualified for this tournament in 36 years. In the summer of 2012, Zipfel was on John Calipari's staff with the Dominican Republic National Team, helping with opponent preparation. Zipfel was on Mike Fratello's staff with the Ukraine National Team in the summer of 2011.
Zipfel was an advance scout for the Portland Trail Blazers from 2004-07 and held the same position for the L.A. Clippers from 2000-03. During the 2003-04 season, Zipfel was head coach of the New Jersey Squires of the American Basketball Association.
From 1996-99, Zipfel was director of athletics and head basketball coach at Centenary College, where he led the Cyclones to their only postseason appearance in the 1990s. Zipfel was head coach at Bucks County Community College for the 1995-96 season. He worked as a scout with Bertka Views Scouting Service from 1992-94, and prior to that was an assistant basketball coach at The Citadel from 1989-92.
Zipfel played point guard at Cabrini College from 1985-89 and earned a bachelor’s degree in English/communications.
Zipfel and his wife, Angela, and their daughter, Megan, and son, Aidan, reside in Chester County, Pa.
Adam Johansen returns for his second season as the Timberwolves' video coordinator.
In his current position, Johansen is responsible for preparing scout edits for pre-game, in-game and post-game activities for the team and coaching staff.
Prior to joining the Wolves, Johansen worked for the Miami Heat video department during the 2009-10 season. Johansen has also held coaching positions at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., where his responsibilities included scouting upcoming opponents as well as practice and bench coaching duties.
A native of Santa Rosa, Calif., Johansen earned his BS in sociology from UC Davis in 2007 where he served as a manager for the Aggie basketball team. Johansen resides in downtown Minneapolis.
Clayton Wilson begins his 23rd season associated with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and his 20th as the team’s equipment manager. Wilson started with the organization working game nights for the Wolves during the team’s inaugural 1989-90 season at the Metrodome, before becoming the equipment manager during the 1992-93 campaign.
In his role, Wilson’s duties include managing all of the team’s equipment and uniform-related matters, both at home and on the road; setting up team practices on the road; and overseeing the Wolves practice facility inside Target Center.
Wilson brings over 40 seasons of sports experience to the position, having started his career in professional sports with Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins as a bat boy. During this time, he was on the field as the Twins captured their two World Series Championships (1987 and 1991). Recently, Wilson was invited to dust off his bat boy uniform and return to the diamond for the Twins Old Timer’s game as part of the team’s 50th Anniversary Season celebration.
Wilson lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Amanda, and their children, Jack and Anna.
Dr. Sheldon Burns
Vice President, Team Medical Services
Dr. Sheldon Burns returns for his 25th season as the Timberwolves’ medical director, and his sixth as Vice President, Team Medical Services. A doctor at Edina Family Physicians, Burns is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Practice, Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. His duties with the Timberwolves include serving as team physician, coordinating medical care and assisting in other club medical matters.
For his work with numerous NBA teams, Burns was named the National Basketball Trainers Association 2005 NBA Physician of the Year. Burns is also the team physician for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings and Medical Director for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild. He has been the team physician on four Gold Medal teams in three different Olympic Games, including the Men's and Women's USA Basketball Teams in Beijing in 2008. He was also the head physician for the U.S. team in the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand in 2007. Additionally, he has served as tournament physician for the Minnesota State High School League.
Burns is a Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School and is active in teaching at the Minnesota Orthopedic Sports Medicine Institute and the TRIA Orthopaedic Center. He has been a Deputy Medical Commissioner of the International Olympic Committee and has worked in various roles in 10 Olympic Games. Burns, a native of Grand Meadow, Minn., and a summer resident of Nisswa, Minn., received his undergraduate degree from Hamline University and earned his medical degree in 1974 from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He resides in Edina and has two children, Alicen and Evan, who live in Minneapolis.
Dr. David Fischer
Dr. David Fischer is serving his 25th season as orthopaedic surgeon for the Timberwolves. Fischer is a clinical adjunct professor* with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota and the director of The Orthopaedic Center & TRIA Orthopaedic Center’s Sports Medicine Fellowship Alumni Society.
Fischer served 26 years as the team physician for the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings. His resume includes work as team physician for 1992 United States Olympic men’s basketball team and the 1991 USA World University Games men’s and women’s basketball teams. In 1990, he served as chairman of the local medical committee for the United States Olympic Festival in Minneapolis. He was a United States Olympic Committee staff physician at the 1989 United States Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City.
Fischer’s exemplary work has been regularly recognized by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine, which rated him one of the top orthopaedic surgeons in the Twin Cities. Fischer completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. Fischer and his wife, Andrea, have two children, David and Katherine, and reside in Edina, Minnesota.
Gregg Farnam enters his 17th season with the Timberwolves and his 14th as the team’s head athletic trainer.
Farnam is responsible for all aspects of the Wolves’ training room operations, including monitoring each player's physical condition and assessing/treating injuries.
During the offseason, Farnam regularly provides training services for USA Basketball and other NBA initiatives. He served as the athletic trainer for the United States Men’s U19 team that brought home the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World Championships in Nova Sad, Serbia, in July 2007, as well as the gold-medal-winning United States men’s basketball team at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, in September 2001. Most recently he served as the athletic trainer during the USA Basketball’s Team Mini Camp in Las Vegas over the summer of 2013. Additionally, Farnam served as the athletic trainer for the 2012 U.S. Select Team and the USA Basketball's National Team Mini Camp in Las Vegas during the summer of 2010, before traveling to Singapore as the head trainer for the NBA’s Basketball without Borders Asia contingent.
Farnam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from St. Cloud State University and has a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotions from California University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified member of the National Trainers Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Farnam and his wife, Tiffany, along with their sons, Nolan and Maximilian, and daughters, Mae, Ella and Clare, reside in Rogers, Minn.
Assistant Athletic Trainer/Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Dave Crewe begins his first season with the team as assistant athletic trainer and assistant strength and conditioning coach, and third overall with the team.
In his position, Crewe is responsible for assisting in daily treatment and rehabilitation of the players, and working with the strength and conditioning coach on program development.
Prior to his time with the Timberwolves, Crewe spent three years with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, working in the team’s athletic training department.
Crewe received his bachelors degree in Exercise Sports Science - Athletic Training in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The Twin Lakes, Wisconsin native obtained his masters degree in Rehabilitative Sciences from California University of Pennsylvania.
Crew resides in Minneapolis.
Director of Sports Performance
Koichi Sato joins the Timberwolves athletic training staff this season where he will be the team's director of sports performance. Sato will be responsible for overseeing all areas relating to performance enhancement.
Sato comes to the Wolves from the Washington Wizards where he was the team's Rehabilitation Coordinator/Assistant Athletic Trainer since 2008.
Prior to joining Wizards, Sato worked as athletic trainer/performance specialist for Levi Jones of Cincinnati Bengals in 2007-08 and at Athletes’ Performance in Los Angeles from 2006-07. From 1997 to 2006, Sato provided medical care to athletes at Arizona State University (ASU) as a graduate assistant then assistant athletic trainer covering various sports, spending the last four seasons with the Sun Devils' men’s basketball program. Sato also was a faculty associates at Kinesiology Department at ASU and taught advanced athletic training courses.
Born in Koriyama, Japan, Sato graduated from Tokyo International University in 1993 with a B.A. in International Study/Soviet & Eastern European Studies. He then graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1997 with a B.S. in Physical Education/Athletic Training and graduated Arizona State University with a M.S. in Exercise Science/Biomechanics.
Sato is active speaking in sports medicine conferences and workshops, and providing sport performance clinics for youth athletes.
Sato is member of National Athletic Trainers’ Association and board member of Japan Athletic Trainers’ Organization (JATO). Sato received the President’s Challenge Award from JATO in 2007.
Director of Athletic Therapy
Mark Kyger joins the Wolves athletic training staff this season as the team's director of athletic therapy. Kyger will play an integral role in the health care of the Timberwolves players.
Kyger comes to the Wolves from Arizona State University where he was the Sun Devils' Rehabilitation Coordinator, providing physical therapy and athletic training for athletes in the school's 21 varsity sports since 2007. Prior to that, Kyger was employed by Physiotherapy Associates in Tempe, Ariz., from 2005-07 where he specialized in sports therapy.
Kyger received an undergraduate degree in Human Performance and Wellness from Mesa State College and received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University Ruekert-Hartman School for Health Care Professions. He also is a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist from the Ola Grimsby Institute. Kyger is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers' Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a Corrective Exercise Specialist/Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
A native of Greeley, Colo., Kyger played college basketball at Mesa State, earning four letters and serving as the team's co-captain in 2000-01.Kyger and his wife, Melinda, have two daughters: Lexie (4) and Kayla (1).