Apr 21, 2014, 10:54 AM EDT
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.
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