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Rick Adelman announces retirement from coaching

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Rick Adelman is not a happy camper. (USATSI)
Rick Adelman is calling it quits after 23 seasons. (USATSI)

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Rick Adelman, one of the most brilliant offensive coaching minds in NBA history, announced his retirement on Monday.

"It's time," Adelman said. "It's just time for me step aside and someone else to come in."

According to Yahoo Sports, early candidates for the Minnesota job include Stan Van Gundy, Fred Hoiberg and Tom Izzo.

Adelman, 67, has coached 23 seasons and is one of only eight coaches to record more than 1,000 career victories, behind only Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Jerry Sloan, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, George Karl and Larry Brown.

Adelman became a head coach in 1989, being promoted from assistant of the Portland Trail Blazers. He coached the Blazers, Warriors, Kings, Rockets and Timberwolves. He made two Finals appearances (both with the Blazers) and reached the playoffs 16 times.

The sure-thing Hall of Famer was hired by the Wolves in 2013, and guided them to a record of 96-132. It came after a contentious departure from Houston and a brief retirement. But then-Wolves general manager David Kahn was able to pull Adelman out and install him in charge of an intriguing young roster. In his first season, the lockout shortened 2011, the Wolves went 26-40. Last season, they were just 31-51 with Kevin Love playing only 18 games and Ricky Rubio recovering from an ACL tear.

Both the last two seasons have included time away from the team to be with his wife who is dealing with medical issues.

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