Tag:Rick Adelman
Posted on: September 23, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2011 3:11 pm

7 lost stories from canceled NBA preseason

Posted by Ben Golliver


On Friday, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported the dreadful news that we've all been fearing: the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have failed to reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in time, meaning training camp and portions of the preseason schedule have been indefinitely postponed and/or canceled.

Preseason is always a fun time of the NBA calendar, guaranteed to be chockfull of "Player X added 15 pounds of muscle" and "Lottery team Y finally seems poised for a playoff push" stories. Of course, no preseason means no preseason stories. No hype, no hope. More Adam Silver, more David Stern. What a bummer. 

So here's a rundown of seven stories you would have been reading had the NBA and the NBPA gotten their collective act together in time to save the schedule. These stories are lost everywhere, except for here.

1. Security Detains Eddy Curry Outside AmericanAirlines Arena

MIAMI -- It appears that Eddy Curry will not be joining the Miami Heat after all.

Following nearly a year of reports indicating that Curry had lost an NBA-record 468 pounds since he was released by the Minnesota Timberwolves at least year's trade deadline, the free agent center was forcibly removed from AmericanAirlines Arena property by a cadre of four security guards on Tuesday. The use of force was deemed necessary after direct requests to leave from Heat president Pat Riley and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra were not heeded. 

"We didn't want to do it but we really had no choice," said Joseph Watkins, the guard assigned to carry Curry's left leg. "I was just following orders."

"What can I say? I got my hopes up," Curry explained. "I kept reading over and over that Miami was interested in me and I thought I could help LeBron [James] win a ring finally. I thought they would change their mind if I showed I was determined. I guess they wanted to go a different direction."

After the trimmed-down center had been dragged to an auxiliary parking lot, Riley briefly asked a reporter who Curry was before returning to the Heat's training session, which was closed to the media. When practice broke, Spoelstra indicated that the defending Eastern Conference champions were comfortable with their center rotation of Joel Anthony, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Dexter Pittman, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, and Bill Wennington, and are not in the market for another big man.

"We like our guys," Spoelstra said.

Curry told the Associated Press that he isn't sure when or where his next basketball opportunity will come but did indicate that he would like to have the plastic handcuffs removed from his wrists, or at least loosened, as soon as possible.

2. Bloody Prank Signals Rift Between Thunder Stars?

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- A severed head was discovered inside a backpack belonging to Kevin Durant on Friday.

The Thunder's All-Star forward pulled the ghoulish, plastic mask -- which bore an uncanny resemblance to coach Scottie Brooks and had been doused in ketchup to simulate the appearance of blood -- out of his signature carry-all following an evening workout. With a look of bewilderment, Durant tossed the mask into a nearby trash can before returning to the team's practice court to work on his free throw shooting.

"I'm just out here trying to get better," Durant said, shrugging off his unsettling discovery.

It's not yet known who placed the mask in Durant's backpack, although suspicion was immediately cast upon Russell Westbrook. The mercurial guard led the NBA in postseason technical fouls in 201, rarely passes the ball because he's so self-involved and sometimes has a "funny look" -- according to multiple teammates -- in his eyes. Center Kendrick Perkins apparently implicated Westbrook in the incident when he stormed out of the practice facility, repeatedly yelling the words, "I told y'all! I told y'all!" 

The incident raises anew the question of whether Oklahoma City's two All-Stars will be capable of coexisting as their careers and games develop.

"Halloween is Monday," Westbrook said, cryptically, before rushing a free-throw extended jump shot and completely hurdling teammate Eric Maynor to claim the offensive rebound.

Thunder president Sam Presti did not offer an alibi for himself, but what else is new?

3. Rivers: More Needed From Rondo For Green To Succeed

BOSTON -- Nine months after the most controversial trade in recent Boston Celtics history, coach Doc Rivers continued to defend forward Jeff Green from media criticism.

A lightly sprained ankle for starting center Jermaine O'Neal caused local sports talk radio hosts and callers to go into hysterics on Monday, rehashing the ill-fated swap that brought Green to Boston in exchange for starting center Kendrick Perkins, who was sent to Oklahoma City.

"Jeff is still getting acclimated, and [president] Danny [Ainge] and I still believe he will be a key piece for us," Rivers said.

During the portion of practice open to the media, Green dribbled the ball off of his foot, missed three three-pointers, was late on two defensive assignments and appeared to frustrate aging forward Kevin Garnett, who was seen shaking his head sadly rather than barking instructions like usual.

When pressed, Rivers said that the eventual solution to what he called Green's "learning curve issues" will have to come from All-Star starting point guard Rajon Rondo.

"Rondo gets him wide open jumpers, wide open lay-ups, makes 10 plays a game defensively, and he leads by example," Rivers said. "But I have eyes, you have eyes. You can see it. It's clearly not enough. We're looking for Rondo to keep leading and to do even more, to carry all of us. [But] especially Jeff."

Pausing for a moment, Rivers, to the surprise of the media present, chose to vividly underscore his previous point.

"I don't care if Rondo dislocates both of his elbows at the same time so his arms are hanging off of his body backwards, he will need to carry Jeff."

Asked to respond to Rivers' comments, Rondo stared ahead blankly, as always.

4. Greg Oden No-Shows At Day One Of Blazers Camp

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Once again, the gym is full of NBA players and hopefuls.  Once again, the biggest one among them is missing.

The Portland Trail Blazers opened training camp to the media for the first time on Monday, only to reveal that center Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, was nowhere to be found. Oden, who signed a 5-year, $70 million extension during the early-October free agency period, has played just 82 games in his 4-year NBA career and has rarely been available to the media since suffering his most recent in Nov. 2010.

Through a spokesperson, Blazers president Larry Miller refused to comment about Oden's status, leaving new GM Brandon Roy -- who was promoted to the position after Miller used the amnesty clause to rid the Blazers of the four years remaining on his contract -- to face the media scrutiny alone. Roy said the team would not rush its center back to the court, noting that Oden's recovery from microfracture knee surgery was still "on schedule," although he did not divulge further specifics.

Blazers coach Nate McMillan looked irritated by the questions. "I've got 18 guys here fighting hard to grab one of our roster spots, let's talk about them," McMillan said.

Mike Conley, Sr., Oden's agent, offered a possible explanation by email. "Rehabilitation has kept Greg off the court for almost a year. During that time, in addition to completing a multi-disciplinary strength and flexibility training program, Greg has worked hard on improving and honing his invisibility. I'm pleased to hear that his work has evidently paid off. How many 7-footers do you know that can literally disappear in the blink of an eye? We feel this will make him even more valuable in the years to come."

Oden's whereabouts are not currently known at this time. His status for Portland's season opener is also up in the air.

"We'll just have to see," said McMillan.

Or not.

5. Kings Guard Completes First Pass

SACRAMENTO -- Kings coach Paul Westphal couldn't help but beam. After all, he had just witnessed an important milestone for his young team.

"I've been preaching unselfishness and ball movement all week and it was great to finally see these guys take that message to heart and execute it," Westphal said, his shirt soaked with sweat.

After back-to-back-back two-a-day practices and a morning session that yielded no progress, Jimmer Fredette became the team's first guard to complete a pass during scrimmage play on Thursday night. Prior to the pass, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, John Salmons and free agent signing Jamal Crawford had each managed to take a shot, draw a foul or commit a turnover on all of their possessions. Meanwhile, rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas, arguably the team's best playmaker on paper, left the practice facility on Tuesday after being frozen out for 263 straight trips up the court and hasn't been heard from since. A team official assured CBSSports.com that the organization is "not alarmed."

Fredette's pass occurred when he inadvertently took the ball out of bounds following a made basket by Evans. Looking confused, and with no other option other than committing a five-second violation, Fredette reluctantly inbounded the ball to Thornton, who promptly dribbled coast-to-coast, only to have his running lay-up attempt swatted out of bounds by center DeMarcus Cousins. Westphal shouted encouragement -- "That's what I'm talking about!" -- and blew his whistle, briefly stopping practice to single out Fredette for praise.

"It was nothing, really," Fredette said, afterwards, looking a touch sheepish.

6. Adelman Closes Practices To Timberwolves Executives

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- Two hours after a minor shouting match erupted between Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman and president David Kahn on Monday, the two men pledged publicly that they had put the matter behind them.

"Direct communication is integral to creating a winning atmosphere," Kahn told a group of reporters on Monday afternoon. "Rick and I exchanged ideas, as we often do, and we were able to come to a resolution that is amenable to both parties. We thank you for your interest but this matter has been resolved. We look forward to a successful year."

The dispute, two league sources said, began when Adelman chided Kahn for openly cheering for rookie point guard Ricky Rubio, while wearing a Rubio jersey, in front of the entire team. That exchange escalated when Adelman decided to play veteran Luke Ridnour with the starting unit, instead of Rubio, prompting Kahn to yell loudly, "Come on!" 

According to the sources, Adelman then threatened to quit on the spot, issuing a "you go or I go" ultimatum just weeks after formally accepting the position and signing a 4-year contract.

"This is my team and I make the coaching decisions," Adelman told reporters bluntly after practice. "That's it. Any other questions?"

The resolution, according to sources, will keep Kahn and other team executives off the practice court for the rest of training camp, although indications are that Kahn and Adelman have agreed to revisit the matter once the regular season begins.

Rubio, who competed for the Spanish national team at this summer's EuroBasket tournament, finished Monday's scrimmage with 0 points and two assists in 37 minutes.

7. Thibodeau Thanks Fans, Admits They Could Be Right

CHICAGO -- The Bulls held an intra-squad scrimmage at the United Center on Friday, allowing fans and season ticket holders the rare opportunity to watch the team go through its paces free of charge.

NBA MVP Derrick Rose drew the loudest cheers and the longest line of pre-game admirers, Luol Deng pledged $10,000 to charity at halftime, and new free agent signing J.R. Smith, who bought his own way out of a one-year contract he signed to play in China, autographed a diehard fan's neck with a tattoo gun. But the clear highlight of the festivities came when the NBA's reigning Coach of the Year, Tom Thibodeau, took a microphone at center court just before tipoff to thank Bulls fans for their loyal support during the team's run to the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.

"You guys are the best fans in the league," Thibodeau said, to wild applause. "We hear you loud and clear every night. You give us a true home court advantage and we, all of us, from me to the players, appreciate it."

Seemingly overwhelmed by the extended standing ovation he received, Thibodeau shuffled quickly to the sideline before catching himself and returning to the microphone to offer a final thought.

"Just to let you know," the defensive mastermind continued, "We also hear you loud and clear about Carlos Boozer."

The simple mention of the power forward's name elicited instinctive and ravenous booing from the fans, who were in no mood to forgive Boozer's disappointing showing in the 2011 NBA Playoffs and the team's controversial decision not to use the Amnesty Clause to shed his massive contract during free agency.

"Yes, we've received thousands of letters, text messages, phone calls and emails. For the sanity of Illinois' hard-working postal workers, please stop sending them. We understand that you think he is soft, that he isn't good enough to be a No. 2 guy, and that he isn't clutch enough to put us over the top against Miami."

Here, the second-year head coach drew a breath and exhaled, the long, lonely nights in his office preparing schemes and reading the fan correspondence clearly weighing upon his heart.

"Look, you're probably right about all of it. But how the hell are we going to trade him?"

Boozer, who mysteriously broke his hand for the second consecutive offseason, was not medically cleared to play in the scrimmage and was not available to provide a statement. Nobody noticed or cared.

Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:48 am

Friday 5 with KB: Just how bad are things?

By Matt Moore

In this week's edition of 
the Friday 5, we look at just how bad things are, how idiotic the Palin-Rice story is, and how much power Adelman will have. You can follow Ken Berger on Twitter @KBergCBS.  

1. What was more idiotic this week, the Glen Rice-Sarah Palin story or the way the negotiations broke down?

KB: The Rice-Palin story was silly, salacious, unnecessary and typical of our current blogissism environment. So, hands down, that was more idiotic than the talks breaking down. You know why? Because I refuse to believe that the talks have broken down. I'm clearly in the minority on this, but I still see the possibility of a deal. First, there is agreement -- or at least an acknowledgement of common ground -- on the econonics. That's huge. Now, the players will not make their proposed economic move -- believed to be 52-53 percent of BRI -- unless the owners give up their insistence on a hard cap. I was told by multiple people involved in the negotiations that what happened Tuesday was nothing like the manner in which talks have broken off in past CBA talks. There was no enmity, no name-calling, no storming out of the room. There was disappointment on both sides that the discussion had stalled on the system issues. But it doesn't have to stall forever. Stern stated Thursday in Dallas what ownership sources have told me over the past few days -- that there is room for negotiation from the league's standpoint on the cap and system issues. I have been told that the players are willing to negotiate certain specific system issues as well. So once cooler heads prevail and the posturing subsides, that is what they'll do. I wouldn't expect the players to move another inch until they at least give the NLRB a chance to rule on their unfair labor practices charge. But there is too much at stake and enough open-mindedness in the process for things to stop on Sept. 15 and never evolve from there.

2. You're urging for the plebeians to keep calm and carry on in the face of the breakdown this week, with there being actual movement with the union offering a lowered BRI. Here's a hypothetical. What would be the owners' reaction if the players did in fact offer a 50/50 split?

KB: I don't have any evidence that the players are willing to move that much, particularly if the words "hard cap" are ever uttered again. But I think while the players wait for the NLRB to rule, you will begin to see an evolution of the owners' bargaining position. I'm not here to do anyone's negotiating for them -- and lord knows, they wouldn't want me to -- but if I were the owners, the next logical step would be to say, "OK, how about 50-50 with a system that addresses competitive balance isssues to a degree, but not through a full-fledged, 100 percent hard cap?" For example, as in the NHL system, guarantees could be limited and tied to age or years of service. The players would have a chance to preserve some of the exceptions and security they're anchored to while making back much of the money they're giving up with a gradually more favorable split as revenues increase throughout the deal -- especially when the new broadast contracts take effect in 2016. Throw in a significant overhaul of the revenue-sharing mechanism, and youv'e got yourself a deal that doesn't give either side what it wants, but delivers most of what both sides need. Honestly, it ain't that hard, folks.

3. It's division week, as civil war rages on both sides. Agents fighting with union leadership, and Sarver-Gilbert undercutting the hopes of a season. Rank the four various factions by power: agents, union, Stern, hawk owners.

KB: Tough question. The outcome of the talks hinges on the answer. I'm going to say 1) Stern, 2) hawk owners, 3) union and 4) rebellious agents. Despite the outside pressures and the appearance that only a handful of mid-level players are invested in the negotiations, this could be construed as a good week for the union, which came across publicly as the side willing to negotiate and compromise and demonstrated calm, strong leadership from Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher. At such time when the union passes the hawk owners for No. 2, a deal will soon follow.

4. The Wolves of course got out in front by laughing at the idea that Adelman has any clash with Kahn. Do you see this becoming a power struggle over their time together?

KB: The man with the power in Minnesota clearly is Adelman. Just follow the money and the resume. It's hard to imagine it becoming a power struggle. For there to be a power struggle, you have to have two people with equal power -- or at least two people with the perception of equal power. Not the case here. Adelman is the man.

5. What is with the players' union and their fascination with clothing coordination? Are they a glee club? Do they think they'll do well at the junior high band competition?

KB: The T-shirts weren't a terrible idea, but I'll put it this way: Clothing is all about who's wearing it. No disrespect to Paroxi-Wife, but if the Victoria's Secret stuff you ordered for her birthday came with Scarlett Johansson inside, it would be a whole different story. So the T-shirts would've looked a lot better, and would've sent an entirely more powerful message, if the were worn by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul. Or Scarlett Johansson. 

(NOTE: Paroxi-Wife got books. Lots of books.
Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: September 13, 2011 9:51 am

Report: Adelman hired despite Kahn

By Matt Moore

When Rick Adelman started to be considered a serious candidate for the Timberwolves job, everyone had the same thought. "How did Kahn pull that off?" For years, David Kahn has seemingly been running a sinking ship. It started immediately. He made a brilliant trade with the Timberwolves before the 2009 to acquire back to back top-five picks. Then he spent them on two point guards (and later brought in more in free agency). He brought in Kurt Rambis as his head coach, despite Rambis not having the requisite success as a head coach to warrant the position, and despite Rambis running the triangle, which essentially neutralizes the point guard position. Kahn gave Darko Milicic a long-term deal, and reportedly sought to bury Kevin Love. In short, his tenure has not been the kind of thing that a prospective head coach, the best on the market, would look at and say "Wow, that's a guy I want to work for." So how is it he was announcedas the new Timberwolves head coach Tuesday? Well, according to Yahoo Sports, it wasn't Kahn that brought in Rick Adelman. Not one bit.
Once Kurt Rambis was fired, Kahn reached out, and Adelman resisted. Ultimately, Kahn needed Minnesota owner Glen Taylor to get involved in the recruitment of Adelman, because the GM had no chance with him.

Five months ago, Adelman never would’ve imagined he’d coach the Timberwolves. He was 65 years old, wanted a contender, and the Wolves are a long, long way away. Well, $5 million a season can change a man’s mind. It’s no crime, but understand: The money mattered here. Probably mattered the most. Yes, Adelman wanted to coach Kevin Love, but he had no intention of doing it on a discount. In the end, money overrode everything – including the presence of Kahn.

“Rick would never agree to anything with Kahn,” one league official connected to Adelman said Monday. “This had to be [a deal] with Taylor. …Rick has talked many times of his dislike for Kahn.”
via Love and money lure Adelman to Minny - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.

Basically, the Wolves had to overspend to get Adelman in order to compensate for Adelman having to work with their GM. If so many of the decisions weren't based around Taylor's thinking, you'd start to feel bad for the guy. Taylor, more than any other owner, is in need of the so-called "idiot-proof" CBA revisions to prevent the ability of bad decisions to impact profit. That said, landing Adelman is a huge one, and Yahoo predicts he'll wind up taking over Kahn's turf.

And that's a huge element in all this. While it may make for an uncomfortable and unstable situation, if Adelman were to take over the reins, it could save the Timberwolves. They've managed to collect enough talent (nearly by accident - Love was never valued by the franchise decision-makers until he became an All-Star last season, it took them two years to get Rubio, and Derrick Williams fell in their lap and they still tried to trade the pick all the way until the last minute) to have a core that's worth building around. Having someone who knows what to do with it could be huge. Adelman had his problems in Houston, sure. But his biggest was injuries, which he couldn't prevent. Watching the power play in Minnesota will be something important early and often.

Until such a move is made, expect both sides to heavily refute this kind of report, as they put out strong statements denying this kind of dynamic. Sure, it makes sense, given Adelman's reticence and the eventual meeting with Taylor, but they'll say it's just a distorted view of the facts. Rule No.1 in these kinds of situations is to put up a strong united front.

Just ask Kurt Rambis.
Posted on: September 12, 2011 4:41 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 9:39 am

Rick Adelman hired as Wolves coach

By Matt Moore

Update 9:38 a.m. EST: The Timberwolves have officially announced the hire

Update 8:40 a.m. EST:
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has confirmed with multiple sources that Adelman has accepted the offer to become the new head coach of the Timberwolves. Yahoo Sports and ESPN both independently are discussing the deal as done

Original Report: Kevin Love is known to have pretty loose lips. He's an honest cat and tends to release info on his Twitter account. After reports this weekend that Rick Adelman has an agreement to join the Minnesota Timberwolves as their new head coach, Love tweeted Monday:
Houston, we have a coach.
via Twitter / @kevinlove: Houston, we have a coach. ....

Now, that could mean a lot of things, but the Minneapolis Star-Tribune indicates that there's no sense arguing over the tea leaves. It's reporting Adelman has in fact agreed to become the head coach of the Wolves according to one source, but is stopping shy of calling it official. The Star's Jerry Zgoda does report that if it's true, it could have huge ramifications for the Wolves. Particularly, Love discussed what it could mean for his future in the Twin Cities:
Yes, if it's true Love said Adelman’s presence would “absolutely” play a factor in whether he signs a contract extension with the team.

“When I talked about the prospect of me re-signing, I always said one of the things we’d have to have is a great coach,” he said. “If it’s true, we’ve got a great coach.”
via On the Wolves | StarTribune.com.

Love goes on to say he can see himself being used perfectly in Adelman's system, as a facillitator from the high-post. We're right there with him.

While Ricky Rubio will benefit from a system that both pushes him in transition and allows him to focus on scoring at the bucket, no player may benefit more than Love, who enjoys a personal relationship with Adelman. (Love played with Adelman's son Patrick in high school and has known him since junior high.) Adelman won't seek to bury him as previous coaches have, will use him in the right contexts, from that catapult outlet pass to his three-point range and will help him develop his inside scoring. Most importantly, he can improve his individual defense. 

If the report is accurate, defense will be a concern for the Wolves. They were a young team last year, so naturally bad defensively, and on top of that, they were bad defensively even for such a young team. Love has said before they need discipline. The Rockets under Adelman came unglued defensively last year, and that was their biggest challenge towards making the playoffs. 

But overall it's a brilliant hire and something for Wolves fans to be extremely excited about, should the reports and Love's own beliefs turn out on point.

Lost in all the talk of Rubio and Love will be this. Derrick Williams, a combo-forward at 6-8, 241 lbs. will be coached by the man who got the most out of Chris Webber,  a combo-forward at 6-9, 245 lbs. Using Williams in similar ways and developing him in the same mold could have huge results for the youngster. It'll be interesting to see immediately what Adelman elects to do with the trainwreck of a roster behind the starting lineup, with Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph both behind Wililams, and the rest of the confusing moves made by Kahn.

Speaking of Kahn, this is both a good and bad thing. It his best move to date, sliding just above his move to trade Mike Miller in 2009 for the Wizards draft pick (note, this is for the move to acquire the pick, not his decision to draft two point guards back to back). If Adelman can have the kind of success he's had throughout his career, it could very well save Kahn's job. On the other hand, Adelman almost assuredly took the new gig under the condition of having input on the roster and personnel decisions.  It puts someone who could easily take over the GM role should Kahn become unhinged from the Timberwolves coil. But if it works out, this could prove to be the accidental Summer of Kahn. 

 We'll keep you updated on whether the reports turn out to be confirmed.
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:17 am

Report: Adelman, Wolves close to deal

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.
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:41 pm

Report: Adelman wants $25 million from Wolves

Posted by Royce Young

The Timberwolves have made it pretty clear that they want Rick Adelman to be their next head coach. The question is: How badly do they want him? Because if they really, really want him, they're going to have to prove it.

According to the Star Tribube, Adelman is looking to get $5 million a year from the Wolves for five years. That, boys and girls, is a grand total of $25 million. For perspective, there isn't a single player on the Wolves roster signed for that long for that much. Not Ricky Rubio, not Kevin Love, not Derrick Williams.

The report says that Flip Saunders was paid somewhere in the $5 million a year range in his last few seasons with the Wolves, so a precedent has been set. But $25 million is quite the committment for a coach. Unless Red Auerbach is back from the dead or Phil Jackson's done smoking peyote, I'm not sure anyone's really worth that much.

So what's the backup plan if Adelman doesn't pan out? The report says Don Nelson -- yes, Don Nelson -- is the secondary option behind Adelman. And his deal would be something like three years for $10 million. It also says not to entirely rule out Sam Mitchell as a candidate either. Glen Taylor and David Kahn are looking to hire someone with experience so those three fit the bill.
Posted on: August 30, 2011 8:06 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 8:18 pm

Adelman met with Timberwolves, but no job offer

Posted by Ben Golliverrick-adelman

Just when the interminable "Rick Adelman to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves" movie seemed to finally be approaching its climax, the projector stopped working, the lights turned on and everyone went home grumpy.

On Monday, we noted thad Adelman, the longtime NBA head coach, was set to meet with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor this week following days of rumors and speculation that he would be selected as the team's next head coach.

ESPN.com reported Tuesday that Adelman and Taylor did meet as planned but that there still isn't a clear path towards a conjoined future between coach and organization.
Rick Adelman met with Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on Tuesday as planned but returned to his offseason home in Portland, Ore., without an offer to be the Timberwolves' next head coach or a promise that one would be forthcoming, a source familiar with the talks said.

This was Adelman's second trip to Minneapolis in as many weeks to explore the possibility of him succeeding Kurt Rambis, who was fired in July. Adelman visited last week but did not meet with Taylor because the 70-year-old owner was not feeling well, a league source said.

This news comes after reports that Adelman and the Timberwolves had broached the topic of a pay range and that Adelman had put out feelers to fill out his coaching staff.

So where does this leave the coaching search?

Not quite at square one, seeing as the Timberwolves have interviewed an estimated 4,535,976 candidates besides Adelman and because Adelman himself could still be in the picture. No immediate job offer doesn't necessarily mean no job offer down the road.

Adelman has reportedly emerged as the favorite and his hire would be a coup for the Timberwolves, who need a steady, tested hand to nurture their young roster and to reestablish the credibility of the organization. After winning just 32 combined games in the last two seasons, Minnesota is desperate. They should bend over backwards and wait until the cows come home if it means landing a coach with the playoff track record that Adelman possesses.

The biggest hang up appears to be Adelman's age, 65, and his reported desire to spend more time with his family or to take on a management role rather than go through the coaching grind again. Perhaps the possiblity of a delayed or canceled season would ease those concerns?

The Timberwolves' coaching search has now lasted more than six weeks after the team fired former coach Kurt Rambis in July. Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff, Blazers sideline reporter Terry Porter and former NBA head coaches Don Nelson, Larry Brown and Sam Mitchell have all been interviewed for the position. 
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:40 pm

Report: Adelman to meet with Wolves' owner

By Matt Moore

Second interviews are always kind of a big deal. The first one is like a blind date, really. Seeing a resume is the equivalent of a friend telling you "Yes, he/she is human and yes, he/she has all his/her facial parts." But a second interview means there's something there and you're looking to see if things could actually go somewhere. Usually it's the applicant trying really hard to seal the deal and beat out the other potential employees. But in the case of Rick Adelman and the Minnesota Timberwolves, it's the team trying to convince the coach not to take a year off and instead to come coach a team that has been an abject trainwreck since KG left. 

From ESPN:
Rick Adelman is returning to Minneapolis on Tuesday to meet with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor about the team's coaching vacancy, according to a league source.

Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Aug. 24 that Adelman had met with Taylor during his first interview in Minneapolis, but the league source said Monday that Taylor's health issues kept the two from talking face to face.


Sources say that Adelman's family remained at his offseason home in Portland, Oregon, for much of his four seasons in Houston and another relocation or separation is a factor in Adelman's thinking.
via Rick Adelman, Minnesota Timberwolves owner set to meet face to face - ESPN.

Every indication is that the Wolves would love to have Adelman, they've already reportedly agreed to a general price range for his services. It's just a matter of convincing the former Rockets head coach not to take a year off to spend with his family. Which can be a hard sell. That's why Taylor himself is meeting with Adelman again. 

Also notable are the health issues mentioned here, which haven't been reported elsewhere. Taylor is known to be a major player on the labor committee for the NBA Board of Governors. Peter Holt has taken the lead in most of the negotiations as the owners' representative, but Taylor's condition is certainly something to watch as the NBA tries to get a deal with the players (or tried to force them to submit, depending on your interpretation). 

Adelman has a prior relationship with Kevin Love, which would make getting the young All-Star back on board the Timberwolf Train a lot easier (Love has made repeated comments about free agency and the questionable direction of the Wolves). Adelman has had success with speedy point guards facilitating a transition game, so Ricky Rubio would likely benefit from his direction. And Derrick Williams would probably enjoy some of the tutelage Adelman gave Chris Webber in Sacramento. In short, this would not only be the best fit for the Wolves, it would swing a lot of opinion on where the team is headed. 
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