MINNEAPOLIS -- If Kevin McHale wants to return as
Minnesota's vice president of basketball operations, Glen Taylor
will welcome him back -- and the Timberwolves' owner expects that to
Taylor said Wednesday night that he told McHale to take a week
off to think about what he wants to do.
"If you have the enthusiasm you want, come back, you've got the
job," Taylor said during Minnesota's final regular-season game. "Don't do it for me. Do it for yourself. Do it for the team. ... My assumption is I'll have an answer in seven days, and I suspect it will be positive. Everything indicates that."
McHale was noncommittal.
"I'm just going to think about what I want to do," he said.
"In order to do this job, you have to have a lot of passion. ...
If I don't feel that I have that, I won't do it."
Before the game, he indicated he's still interested.
"I take this job very, very seriously," McHale said. "I feel
this is my team. So it's a very personal thing. That's how I
approach my career."
The Wolves went 19-12 under McHale after he fired Flip Saunders,
but it wasn't enough to make the Western Conference playoffs in a
season that began with championship expectations. McHale has
steadfastly ruled out continuing to coach.
That leaves him, should he decide to come back, and Taylor with
the task of targeting a permanent replacement for Saunders on the
bench. Taylor said no movement has yet been made on that front, but
that he's willing to ante up for this important hire.
"I just know I have to be competitive," Taylor said. "I don't
want to pay any more than I have to, but on the other hand I'm not
going to pay less because I'm going to miss a good guy."