The Minnesota Timberwolves were not exactly sure if head coach Rick Adelman would return next season despite contemplating quitting so that he could spend more time with his wife. However, Timberwolves president Flip Saunders is confident that Adelman will be back based on conversations the two men have had in recent weeks.
“We’ve talked every day, every other day,” Saunders said, according to NBA.com. “He talks about his staff, he talks about players. We were talking the other day about offenses that I ran, offenses that he ran. Talking just the basketball talk. The talks that we’ve had leads me to believe that he’s going to be back.”
Adelman’s wife, Mary Kay Adelman, has been having seizures, which has put quite the strain on the coach. She was hospitalized in January while doctors attempted to find the cause of the seizures. Trying to capture greatness and lead a basketball team for 82 games in a season is stressful enough as it is, but to constantly worry about the well-being of his wife just adds to the stress.
“I think it’s something I’m just going to have to sit down with my wife and family and just talk about and see where we’re going with this,” Adelman said in March, according to NBA.com. “The most important thing is where we’re going with her health. Whatever happens will happen naturally.”
The fact that Adelman is interested in the team and constantly calls Saunders to discuss possibilities for next season is certainly a good sign. Even though there has been no confirmation that Adelman will be coming back to be the head coach for the 2013-14 season, it does appear that he has no plans on leaving his job.