By Jerry Zgoda
Larry Bird was at Target Center Monday morning. So was Danny Ainge. Flip Saunders, Rod Thorn, John Hammond, Daryl Morey, Jack Sikma and Randy Wittman were, too.
Kevin McHale was not.
The Wolves held the first morning of four days of pre-draft workouts that brought representatives from 20 NBA teams Monday and while front-office staff Fred Hoiberg, Jim Stack, Rob Babcock, Zarko Durisic and assistant coaches Jerry Sichting, Dean Cooper and J.B. Bickerstaff all were there (Ed Pinckney is in China on NBA business), McHale didn’t attend because he and new presidentof basketball operations David Kahn still are in discussions to determine his future with the team.
“We’re still very much in a process to determine if he, or whoever, will coach,” Kahn said after the morning workouts. “Until that process plays itself out, I think it would put too much pressure on him and it’d probably make it very uncomfortable with other people here. I think it’s not appropriate yet until we resolve it. It’d be more appropriate once we have it resolved.”
Kahn said he and McHale will follow last week’s initial meeting with another this week, at a time he wouldn’t disclose.
Asked if it will be dinner again, he said, “Probably. I like to eat. I need to eat. The days are long.”
The scouts and execs for the NBA teams here watched Ohio State’s B.J. Mullens, North Carolina’s Danny Green, Israeli forward Omri Casspi, among others, work out this morning and this afternoon they’re about to see such players as UCLA Darren Collison and Gonzaga’s Austin Daye.
Here’s the list of guys for tomorrow. Included is North Dakota State guard — and Albert Lea’s own Ben Woodside — in the afternoon session: Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez, French guard Nando De Colo, Syracuse forward Paul Harris, Kentucky guard Jodie Meeks, Michigan State center Goran Suton, Gonzaga center Josh Heytvelt, Ukraine guard Patrick Beverley, LSU forward Tasmin Mitchell, Wisconsin forward Joe Krabbenhoft, Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll and Gonzaga guard Micah Downs.
Tuesday’s group is pretty much all second-round prospects, except maybe a guy like Carroll could sneak into the end of the first round. Anybody the Wolves will consider picking with that sixth overall selection won’t come to town until later in the month for an individual workout.
Hoiberg and Stack leave Thursday for Treviso, Italy and the three-day Eurocamp run by Wolves scout Pete Philo.