MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -The Minnesota Timberwolves hired Ed Pinckney as an assistant coach Friday.
Pinckney, who has been an assistant at Villanova, his alma mater, since 2003, will join head coach Randy Wittman on the Timberwolves bench. He will work primarily with Minnesota's post players, including Al Jefferson, who was acquired from Boston in a trade for Kevin Garnett in July.
``We are very lucky to have the opportunity to add a coach who I think will have a great rapport with our big men as they develop in this league,'' Wittman said in a statement. ``Ed brings with him great experience working with younger players from his years at Villanova which will benefit the younger talent on our current roster.''
Pinckney led Villanova to an upset of Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA championship game, then played 12 years in the NBA with Phoenix, Sacramento, Boston, Milwaukee, Toronto, Philadelphia and Miami.

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