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Report: Rick Adelman will not return as Timberwolves coach

Apr 17, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

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This has been expected, and it’s mutual.

Rick Adelman will not return as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, reports Sid Hartman at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

There is no chance — zero — of Rick Adelman returning as Timberwolves head coach next season, according to one of the team’s decision-makers. Look for an announcement to that effect soon.

Both sides are ready to move on. In the case of Adelman, whose wife has been ill (he missed time due to that last season), he wants to spend more time with his family. In his case that is not a euphemism, it’s an understandable reality.

For the Timberwolves, this was a team that outscored opponents by 2.7 points a game, 10th best in the NBA. That’s better than the Mavericks, Bulls, Grizzlies and Suns. Yet the inability of this team to close out games effectively (they lost to the Jazz in double OT Wednesday night), to defend in clutch situations, left them below .500 (40-42) and nine games out of the playoffs. This roster is better than that and management thinks a new coach can help turn things around.

The question is who would that new coach be?

The most logical answer is Flip Saunders, the team president who could come down to the bench if owner Glen Taylor approves it. If not, and if Taylor is willing to open his pocketbook, there might be a line of good coaches willing to step into this job because it is possible to have quick success.

Of course, if Kevin Love leaves in the summer of 2015 (and he probably will according to sources around the league), things change rapidly in Minnesota.

  1. cbking05 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Great Coach

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM


    • spursareold - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      Never been a fan. He’s a major whiner.

  2. crownmethegoat - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:34 PM


    • djdadglasses - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      T-Wolves Fan and Iowa State Fan here – no chance that Minny gets Hoiberg. He just got a raise and is looking to build a powerhouse in his hometown.

  3. mcfleezy12 - Apr 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Love is gone

    • emerson12345 - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      as a MN fan I hope he is gone. HOLLOW N#MBERS Get a nice package from Boston Jeff Green/Sully this years Pick and maybe Next… if not then settle for a Gasol/top 5 pick/filler deal.

      • smoothaswilkes - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:04 PM

        Keep dreaming, you’re not getting Gasol and a top 5. The Lakers will just wait for Love to hit free agency.

      • emerson12345 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        he will be moved before that. I understand that as a LA fan you think you will just be GIFTED what you want… but thats not always the case. If you dont move Pau how are you going to pay Nash,Bryant, and love 49.5 mill AND still keep Pau?…not to mention fill the other 9 spots? Or are you saying Kobe would rather wait another year on those Mr.Glass knees to take his last shot?

  4. jimsjam33 - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Great pick for the Lakers !

  5. zerole00 - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    This team is so maddening. They’ve had the talent for 2-3 years, but injuries (throughout the entire roster) ruined last season, and this one they just kept losing close games.

  6. rajbais - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    He was an accomplished coach that took a bad job. I said that in the summer of 2011 and I was proven correct.

    He hurt his chances of being an all-time great coach and/or a HOFer.

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      I don’t think he took a bad job. He has a star PF, and above average supporting cast. They may have a weak bench, but with the roster they had I think he could have done a lot better then what he has, even though the west is tough.

      • rajbais - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        15 players make up a team.

        1 great player with at least 10 bad players?

        That’s a bad team.

      • tomasekradek - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:31 AM

        10 bad players? Pek, Martin, Rubio, Brewer, Barea, 2 rooks…
        All of them, i think, are solid. Maybe not good (Pek is pretty good), but definitely not that bad to miss the playoffs by 9. It looks like it’s just a matter of bad luck or whatever you name it. Or Adelman is not that good of a coach as everyone sees him.

        Sometimes i can’t agree with his rotations. He never uses more than 3 or 4 players of the bench and also he must hate players under 23yrs, because he never really gave a chance to his rooks until last month (hey what a surprise my young guns can play ball). And we are talking about top20 picks. Instead he plays high energy, low IQ, low skill guys like Cunningham 25 minutes. Man he can’t even hit barn with the ball and Gorgui has to watch this all season from the bench…Also after an interesting season from Shved, I haven’t seen him on the floor this year.

  7. shen90 - Apr 17, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Lionel Hollins will be next coach. Gonna bring Bernie Bickerstaff with him.

  8. andreboy1 - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Adelman should have got the Laker job.

    He’s one of the most underrated coaches of the last 25 years.

  9. linesyouamend - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    The next coach will be Jeff Van Gundy, mark my word.

  10. campcouch - Apr 17, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    they keep rotating coaches and GMs with the same results. perhaps it’s the roster. a dude can drop 40 every night,but if the rest of the team scores 40 and the opponent scores 90,it doesn’t matter.

    • bkbell3 - Apr 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      A very slow and unathletic front line on defense and as a team as a whole. Love is great and I’m tired of hearing about hollow stats that’s crap. Rebounding is about hustle and motor and desire and that translates to any team. Rubio is flashy and very over rated. Can’t shoot or finish at the rim well and can’t stay in front of anybody. What this team needs is Thibs from the bulls to give them a good team defensive scheme that will overcome their individual short comings. I also think love is gone at some point.

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