Timberwolves name defensive-minded Elston Turner as assistant coach | KSTP.com

Timberwolves name defensive-minded Elston Turner as assistant coach

Sacramento Kings assistant coach Elston Turner in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016 in Denver. The Kings won 120-113. Photo: AP Photo/David Zalubowski. Sacramento Kings assistant coach Elston Turner in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2016 in Denver. The Kings won 120-113.

Tommy Wiita
Updated: August 31, 2021 04:49 PM
Created: August 31, 2021 04:45 PM

After assistant coach Joseph Blair departed for the Washington Wizards, the Minnesota Timberwolves were left to fill the space once occupied by the defensive-minded Blair. And on Tuesday, the team announced the hiring of Elston Turner for the job.

Turner, who played in the NBA from 1981 to 1995, has over two decades of coaching experience. He spent the last two years as an assistant coach with the Houston Rockets, as well as a prior four-year stint with the organization from 2007 to 2011.

He at one point applied for the Timberwolves' head coaching position.

— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) August 31, 2021

Other teams Turner has coached with include the Portland Trailblazers, Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies.

The team also made other additions to the coaching staff on Tuesday, including:

  • Joe Boylan - assistant coach/director of player development,
  • Nates Bubes - quality control coach,
  • Chris Hines - player development associate,
  • Ashlee McGee - video/player development associate,
  • Alex Stepheson - video/player development associate,
  • Addison Walters - video associate.

The Timberwolves open their preseason schedule at home against the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 4. Their regular season also begins at home on Oct. 20 against the Rockets.


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