Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman may resign as head coach due to his wife’s health, per a report from NBA.com. Adelman missed 11 games in January to be with his wife and admittedly has contemplated stepping down several times during the season, saying, “there’s a couple times I really struggled whether I should come back.” He later added: “I’m sure I’ll be thinking more about it as we move on here (through the season).”
Adelman is the eighth-winningest coach in NBA history having coached five teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and now the Timberwolves. Adelman had his best seasons with the Trail Blazers and the Kings, leading Portland to the NBA Finals twice and the Kings deep in the playoffs on multiple occasions.
The Timberwolves never got to experience a full season with a healthy roster in Adelman’s two years with the franchise, first suffering an ACL injury to point guard Ricky Rubio last year and then losing Kevin Love, Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirlenko and others due to multiple injuries this year. Minnesota was poised to make a playoff run this season, but it just didn’t work out in their favor with so many key injuries.
Adelman is now 66 so if he does retire this may be his final run as an NBA head coach. If so, Adelman should be known as one of the better coaches during the 90’s and 00’s, having won 50 or more games ten times and over 60 games with two different teams. It it unfortunate that Adelman has to finish his career on such a sour note, but he should be in the Hall of Fame when it’s all said and done.