September 19, 2020

Timberwolves bring in Adelman as coach

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Adelman coached four teams in his first two decades in the NBA, each time taking a year off before starting his next journey.

He didn’t wait nearly as long to take over perhaps his most challenging job yet.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing Adelman in to try and turn around one of the NBA’s most downtrodden franchises.

Two people with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press on Monday that the team and the 65-year-old Adelman have agreed on terms and a contract is expected to be signed soon. The people requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Adelman replaces Kurt Rambis, who lasted just two seasons on the job.

“Houston, we have a coach,” All-Star forward Kevin Love tweeted earlier Monday, kicking off the welcoming festivities for an accomplished coach who will be expected to bring credibility and intensity back to a team that has severely lacked both in recent seasons.

Adelman is 945-616 in 20 seasons as a head coach of the Trail Blazers, Kings, Warriors and Rockets. He parted ways with Houston in April and the Rockets brought in former Timberwolves executive and coach Kevin McHale to replace him.

He’ll have his work cut out for him at his latest, and perhaps final, stop.

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