Woodson interviews, employees laid off

This from ESPN:

Woodson is also a candidate for the Detroit Pistons and his defensive mindset would seem to be a much better fit there than in Minnesota, where Kahn has said he wants a coach with an “up-tempo DNA.”

Woodson does have experience with rebuilding projects, having helped the Atlanta Hawks rise from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to become a playoff team before he was replaced by Larry Drew.

Here’s the unfortunate part:

The Timberwolves laid off at least 11 business side employees on Tuesday, many of them in the sales department, as the effects of the NBA lockout start to sink in across the league.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press of the moves. The person requested anonymity because the Timberwolves are not discussing personnel matters. So far, the basketball side of the operations have been spared, with president of basketball operations David Kahn bringing in Mike Woodson on Tuesday to interview for the head coaching opening.

For many of those who don’t know, the Timberwolves have tons of hard-working employees behind the scenes. Many of their season tickets reps are young and energetic, who pride themselves in customer service, giving ticket holders the ultimate experience beyond just a game. They also have a great marketing crew that works tirelessly to turn around this state’s opinion on Timberwolves basketball.

The list goes on. It’s truly a shame that the decreasing economic outlook of the NBA has a direct effect on some great employees around the league. It’s an even bigger shame considering that you won’t find employees from teams like Boston, L.A. and Miami get laid off, whereas Charlotte, Detroit and Minnesota have to just to stay afloat financially.

You think we can get that fixed, Mr. Stern?
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