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Timberwolves’ coach Rick Adelman announcenes retirement


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.

Video: Using overdubbed ’70s movies sell tickets in Minnesota

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It was a long winter in Minnesota, where the creative types were locked up inside for too long going a little stir crazy. That’s our best explaination for the Timberwolves latest advertising campaign.

It is sort of a riff on Mystery Science Theater 3000 — or really, a direct rip of Woody Allen’s “What’s Up Tiger Lily?” — but with Timberwolves players and coach Rick Adelman finding their way into the dialogue. Plus, there’s a dig at Mark Cuban. That’s always a good way to sell tickets.

Thanks to SLAM for finding this.



Rick Adelman rips Darko’s motivation, conditioning

Brendan Haywood, Darko Milicic

With the emergence of Nikola Pekovic to play center along side Kevin Love, Adelman has not had to suffer Darko Milicic. Even when Pekovic was sent home from a road trip to rest sore ankles, Milicic could not get off the bench this week.

When asked about using Milicic, Adelman ripped the former No. 2 overall pick to the Star-Tribune.

“He hasn’t done anything to really give you a lot of faith that he’s going to go out and do the job,” Adelman said of Milicic. “He’s gotten himself out of shape. He hasn’t been as driven as you’d like so when a situation like this happens, it’s time for someone to have their opportunity and get back in there. Today, [Derrick Williams is] going to get his chance and Anthony Randolph is going to get his chance and we’ll see if any of those guys can step up.”

There you have it. Might want to drop Darko from your fantasy team if you already haven’t.

Milicic has one year after this one at $5.2 million (there is another year on the deal after that but he can be bought out of it for just more than $1 million). You get the feeling after that he may be headed back to Europe to play.