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Rick Adelman lining up assistants in Minnesota?

Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:17 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It took quite a bit of work, but the Timberwolves finally got Rick Adelman to come in for an official interview over the weekend. The coach, most recently with the Rockets, had said he was pretty content with taking off at least this season.

It wasn't so much an interview for Adelman. Really, it was more him interviewing David Kahn and owner Glen Taylor.

Evidently, the Wolves had a pretty good pitch.

According to KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, Adelman is very interested in the job. So much so that he's even lining up would-be assistants. Via a tweet:

"Adelman is definitely interested in Wolves job, from great source, he has made calls to line up potential assistants."

Who might these people be? Via the Star Tribune: "If Adelman indeed is lining up assistants, names to watch: Jack Sikma, T.R. Dunn and Adelman's son, R.J." Sikma and Dunn of course were on Adelman's staff in Houston. R.J., well that's his son and that obviously makes sense.

This doesn't necessarily mean Adelman is ready to take over the Wolves. It's a big task to take as the team is young and going to take some work. For an older coach like Adelman, it might not be ideal. But the roster is very intriguing. Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams and Kevin Love make an interesting core. And with Adelman in charge there, that would make for a pretty explosive offensive team.

Other rumored candidates right now are Don Nelson, Larry Brown and Sam Mitchell.

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 1:06 pm

Rick Adelman lining up assistants in Minnesota?

No matter who takes the Minnnesota Timberwolves they are going to introduce a new system, new coaches and new offense and defense. Adelman, Brown, or any other coach will makes changes. If we get the right coach they can easily improve this team with Love, Rubio, and a few free agents. (Providing the Timberwolves are willing to spend money in free agency.) This may be the reason Adelman is willing to listen, The management might have told him they would open up thier wallets if he comes.

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2011 6:50 pm

Rick Adelman lining up assistants in Minnesota?

I sure hope not. I had envisioned him returning to sacramento and coaching that uber talented squad. People that don't see the talent on sac town don't know basketball at all. They are set at the 1,2,4, and 5. They actually have two good 2s and are solid if unspectacular at the 3. I like their size and skill set. They just need good coaching and a defensive concept to turn the corner. They are not overmatched at any position except maybe SF. I believe that they have the best back court in all of basketball. Yes i said it the best backcourt. With evans, marcus thornton, and jimmer fredette, defenses will have fits and the size up front with jason thompson and demarcous cousins. whew... Just bring adelman back. they're not my team but, i am an nba purist.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 6:20 pm

Rick Adelman lining up assistants in Minnesota?

I don’t think winning more games is the problem with Adelman. I think he would want to have an experienced team that would have a chance to make the NBA playoffs and a possible shot at the NBA  championship.

I don’t think he would want a team that is more than 1-2 years away from a possible NBA playoff. This team is more than 2 years away.

They learned the triangle last season,  now they would have to learn Rick’s offensive and defensive system. This would take time as these young players would have to get accustom to a new coaching staff with different techniques they would be required to use.

They would also be developing chemistry with each other and learning the traits and little things about each other that make a championship team.


Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 4:24 pm

Rick Adelman lining up assistants in Minnesota?

This would be a good hire.which means the t--wolves probably wont do it

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:56 pm

Rick Adelman lining up assistants in Minnesota?

Adelman is one of the best coaches of all time and any team in the NBA would be lucky to get him. Can't believe Houston let him get away. What were they thinking?

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:42 pm

Rick Adelman lining up assistants in Minnesota?

When his name first surfaced I didn't think the Wolves had a shot at him. He's the only guy out of the "been there" coaches that I'd have any faith in steering the players in the right direction. Lets hope this gets confirmed soon, so I don't have to lose sleep thinking Nelson might be the new coach.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 6:37 pm

Rick Adelman lining up assistants in Minnesota?

Said it before, Adelman would be a great coach for this team. The players they have fit his coaching style. They'd win 35 games minimum. The question is whether at this point in his career Adelman wants to coach a 35 win team. He's old enough to know his coaching career is nearing an end, and I'm sure he'd like to have what Rick Carlysle just acquired- and you don't get that with a 35 win team. To have a chance, he has to coach a good team. Also, at this point in his life, taking a year off to re-charge could be necessary for him to retain the energy, drive and focus it takes to coach a team. Again, he's no spring chicken. But I think he has some great years of coaching left in his tank. 

Another factor not mentioned anywhere is the bull$hit factor. At this point in life, he likely has much less tolerance for BS, so his meeting with Taylor and Kahn could have been a lot more to do with how much control Ademan would have. He and Morely at Houston had apparently disagreed on that which ended with Ademan's departure. 

I think Rick adelman is one of the best coaches of his time. He doesn't have the ring, but besides Golden state (where no one wins) he's been succsessful at every stop. With the players the Wolves have, Adelman would do well.

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