Many were unsure if Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman would return to lead the team during the 2013-14 NBA season. The reason for that was because his wife had health issues at the end of last season that clearly put a strain on the coach. However, his return has excited many in the organization, especially point guard Ricky Rubio.
“It’s great news,” Rubio said of Adelman’s return, according to ESPN.com. “He’s great for us. He’s doing a great job. He had a tough time last season but I’m just happy because I owe a lot to him. I love the way he wants us to play.”
The Timberwolves were definitely a disappointment last season after the team finished with a 31-51 record. However, it is a new year in which Minnesota will be able to turnover a new leaf.
The hope is that Rubio will be able to take a huge step in the right direction in his third season in the league. Obviously, the 22-year-old has been considered a disappointment after being the fifth overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft. There is no question he will have to step his game up in order for the team to be successful. Being the point guard and one of the faces of the team, Rubio must make leading the team a top priority.
The Timberwolves also hope that the addition of free agent Kevin Martin will make a huge difference on offense. Not to mention, the presence of Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic will continue to do wonders for the team on both sides of the court.
Obviously, the possibilities are endless for Minnesota as long as the chemistry is sound. If the team is not successful, they have no one to blame but themselves.