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Timberwolves’ coach Rick Adelman announcenes retirement

Apr 21, 2014, 10:54 AM EDT

Rick Adelman AP

UPDATE 11:07 am: Rick Adelman confirmed he is stepping dow at a press conference in Minnesota Monday.

“It’s time for me to step aside. When I came here, we really tried to turn some things around and I think we made some strides…” he said. “I think I’m ready and I think my wife is ready to move on to another phase.”

He had a sense of humor about his time there.

Adelman will stay on as a consultant with the franchise.

10:54 am: This is the one time you can believe it when a coach says he is stepping down to spend more time with his family.

Minnesota’s Rick Adelman’s wife has been ill for some time (remember he missed part of last season to be with her) and in something that was expected he will announce his retirement at a press conference Monday. Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tibune reported the news first, it has since been confirmed by multiple sources.

This parting of the ways in Minnesota is mutual, where they wanted someone to shake up the Kevin Love led team that had too much talent to finish 40-42 as they did last season.

While some people thing T-Wolves president Flip Saunders will come down and coach, reports are that they are eyeing Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Fred Hoiberg (Iowa State) and Stan Van Gundy to step in and take over the big chair. Minnesota is looking for a coach that can get wins fans, enough that Kevin Love will choose not to leave via free agency in the summer of 2015.

Adelman’s coaching career has been impressive and legendary.

Adelman has been an NBA head coach for 23 years, starting with the Trail Blazers in 1988. He helped two Portland teams to the NBA Finals (where they lost to the Bad Boy Pistons once and the Jordan Bulls the next time). He also coached the Chris Webber era Kings teams that were legit title contenders but could never quite get past the Shaq/Kobe Bryant Lakers.

Adelman and his corner sets (around the league often called “Sac”) and his ability to get players moving off the ball have been copied not only in the NBA but throughout every level of basketball. His offense was triangle like in that he wanted players to read what the defense did then react with a play to exploit it. He wanted high IQ players and he used them well.

He’s a very good coach and a good person who will be missed around the league.

  1. phillysports1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Kevin Love to Philly in a couple years to go along with wiggins or Parker ? MCW’ Noel and perhaps Gary Harris? Boy that would be fun !

  2. ranfan12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    23 years is tough work. Shame it didn’t work out too well with the wolves. So close but couldn’t quite reach it

  3. duhwighthoward - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Did you know he’s from Compton?
    Remember when he coached the Rockets to 22 consecutive victories (10 of which were without Yao)?
    Where do you think he ranks among coaches of the last 20 years?

    • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Compton eh? Maybe now he has time to get in the studio with Dre and Cube.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    “Announcenes”? Could you fail harder if you tried?

    • zerole00 - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Announcerino

  5. jcmeyer10 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    I thought he was the guy. Probably for the best to get in as much time with the wife while she is still around.

  6. poundtherock - Apr 21, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    The grammar and spelling mistakes in these articles is so consistent it really makes me question whether or not you guys are qualified to publicize anything. Are you hiring an editor?

  7. imakcds - Apr 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    I think more of the blame for the Wolves so so season should be put on Pekovic’s inability to stay healthy rather than Adelman. I’ve said from the moment I first saw Pekovic, he’s a game changer. Never underestimate pure size, and he has improved his game along the way. You basically got to surround him, he’s so big, an that opens things up for everyone else. Defensively, can’t score if you can’t see the basket! No, really, that big, with increasing athleticism and stamina, the paint is his, period.
    Thanks, Coach Adelman! You’ve had a great career! but God and Family first!

    • spursareold - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:18 PM

      Even without Pek full time, they had the 10th best point differential in the league. It would be one thing if they had Phoenix’s record and barely missed the playoffs while finishing 14 games over .500, but they were under .500, and well out of the playoffs. That’s on the coaching. They just consistently failed to close games.

  8. realfootballfan - Apr 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Always liked Rick Adelman going back to his days with that Trail Blazers team. Way underrated.

  9. adoombray - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    You’re only as good as your last job. Everyone is being too nice to him. He was terrible in Minnesota.

    • realfootballfan - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      He hasn’t been good since he was with the Kings, but that still doesn’t take away from him being a good coach for a very long time. Also, who’s been good in Minnesota. Flip Saunders is the coaching gold standard with that franchise, so need I say more?

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