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Report: Adelman, Wolves close to deal

Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:17 am
Posted by Royce Young

He may be looking for $25 million guaranteed, but no bother for the Timberwolves: Rick Adelman is looking to be their man.

According to HoopsWorld, Adelman and the Wolves are close to a deal and is "expected to reach a contract agreement with the Timberwolves next week."

Two things first off: 1) This, if true, would be an absolutely ideal hire for the Wolves. Perfect fit, perfect coach for the young, talented roster and someone that may actually be able to install a system that maximizes and utilizies all the scattered, random ability on the team. Adelman may be pricey and he may be asking for a whole lot from ownership, but he's the kind of experienced, qualified, offensive-minded coach the team needs.

2) Is this a good sign for the season? Hard not to wonder. Adelman seemingly retired after an odd split with the Rockets and thw Wolves probably wouldn't be interested in committing this much to him if they weren't certain they were going to get to use him. Because regardless of the lockout, the team is going to be paying Adelman whatever his contract is for. And that's going to be a whole lot of dollars to waste if nothing. Then again, would anyone put that past the Wolves?

Again, hesitate a bit to go ahead and call this a done deal. It's just a report with an expectation to have a contract finalized next week.

But at the same time, the Wolves and Adelman have had a serious flirtation thing going on for a few months and it's not all too shocking if Minnesota finally wooed him enough to reel him in.

And really, with a roster as interesting as the Wolves with Kevin Love, Derrick Williams and Ricky Rubio, Adelman and his offensive mind might've just not been able to say no. I can tell you, if this is true and Adelman really is taking over the Wolves, that team just became an instant League Pass favorite. They were already pretty interesting, but now they just got really interesting. Might not win anymore than they have in the past, but it'll be interesting at least.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 13, 2011 8:00 pm

Report: Adelman, Wolves close to deal

It is done Adelman is the new head coach, hope they be better now that they have a coach who had reached the post season. And has helped teams who have not made good in the regular season.

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 2:29 pm

Jury's Still Out on Kahn

I hear that Kahn is a first class jerk, but I don't know what's wrong with what he's done with the team.  He's unloaded tons of dead wood, gotten us below the cap, and has three real interesting players suiting up this fall for a young team that is athletic as anybody.

Now Kahn's negotiating with a wise old coach to make winners out of them.

Was Rambis a mistake? Sure, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Trading Jefferson? Undersized for his position and only plays one side of the ball. Drafting a bunch of pointers?  Flynn didn't cut it and Rubio's coming, so who knows?

Kahn could still turn out looking like a genius.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:03 am

Report: Adelman, Wolves close to deal

Ricky Rubio is being touted as a big player for the Wolves, but I'm not so sure he'll live up to expectations or the hype.  Last I read he had a ho-hum season in Spain, and he's a rookie.  Adelman can't drive the lane or play defense from the coach's seat, and it remains to be seen if he can bring this gang of me firsters looking for a big payday on other teams to a Wolves team with an actual team concept.  Watching the Wolves last season, it appeared hard for the Wolves to play decent ball with their hands around their collective throats as they often played well until wilting in the 4th quarter.  Call me a doubting Thomas (or other meatier name) if you will, but I'll look on with skepticism until signs are evident the team is learning how to close out games and win, talent or not.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:56 am

Report: Adelman, Wolves close to deal

Hope he gets the contract, he has helped teams reach the playoffs, And he has Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio as players to put the Wolves in that position. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 1:41 am

Report: Adelman, Wolves close to deal

Might not win anymore than they have in the past, but it'll be interesting at least.
Rick has likely an assurance that the owner will ride with him through at least three seasons to change the culture in Minny. Adelman will want significant input on player transactions including the draft. The Wolves can immediately jump to the 25 win stage but moving above that may take more than just a coaching change.

The real problem in Minnesota is the owners does not know basketball. He has selected a GM that appears lost and floundering. This after all those losing years with McHale. The art of telling the owner what he wants to hear might be Kahn's biggest strength. In any case hiring Adelman will instantly give Taylor an access to a very fine basketball mind. It is hard to believe that Kahn wants to do that.

More power to the Wolves to finally crawl out of this hole they have dug and begin to improve. Hiring Rick Adelman is a win. He has won in Portland (Finals twice), Sacramento (WC Finals) and Houston even without Yao Ming. Rick did not win in Golden State. He has 1561 wins against 945 losses. He also has 79 playoff wins and 78 playoff losses.

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 11, 2011 6:18 pm

Report: Adelman, Wolves close to deal

I think this would be the best move. Proven winner who likes up-tempo.

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: September 11, 2011 12:11 pm
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Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: September 11, 2011 11:46 am

Report: Adelman, Wolves close to deal

I for at least one fan of the T-Wolves do so fervently hope this is real. It almost makes me want to forgive some of the really dumb things he has done. Wolves' owner  Glen Taylor, bless him either has a great deal of  patience or like some of the team's fans has become numbed to his GM's unfocused disjointed thrashing around or become speechless in his rage and fury. Please don't screw this up.

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