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Rudy Tomjanovich back in NBA, joins Timberwolves as Consultant

Rudy T is back!

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Former Houston Rockets player and head coach Rudy Tomjanovich is officially back in NBA basketball after agreeing to join the front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves as a Player Personnel Consultant.

According to the press release, Rudy T “will provide perspective on draft, trade and free agency prospects and processes for the Timberwolves,” which should be a good return position for a guy getting back to the Association for the first time in 15 years.

Rudy T was last with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he served as head coach in 2004 for just 41 games before leaving with “exhaustion” and moving into a consultant role.

Before that, he famously won two titles with the Rockets in 1994 and 1995 and holds a career 527-416 regular season record as a coach and a 51-39 playoff record.

He also spent 11 years with the Rockets organization as a player, making five All-Star games, and holds career averages of 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. He also served as a scout and an assistant coach in Houston from the time he retired as player to the time he took over as head coach in 1992.

He also served with the U.S. Men’s National Team, guiding them to a bronze medal in the 1998 FIBA World Championships and a gold in 2000 Olympics before being named the Director of Scouting for the U.S. Men’s Team in 2006.

Rudy T was finally inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020 after a much-too-long wait and now he’s returning to the league to add to his already-robust legacy. Welcome back, Rudy! Even thought you’re with Minnesota, you’ll always be a Rocket and loved around here.