The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Monday that three-year coach Rick Adelman will not return to the team next season, opting to retire from coaching.
Adelman retires eighth in the all-time wins list with 1,042 after spells coaching the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers before recently landing in Minnesota in an effort to bring playoff basketball back to Minneapolis.
The Timberwolves never got a fair shot at making the playoffs with injuries derailing their last two attempts.
Several coaches offered their thanks to Adelman and his contributions to coaching. Both Tom Thibodeau in Chicago and Gregg Popovich in San Antonio explained how every coach in the league has borrowed or at least been influenced by Adelman’s teachings.
Adelman built powerhouses in Portland, turning them into a 1980s powerhouse before recreating that success in Sacramento a decade later. He also had stops in Houston and Golden State, guiding the former to a Western Conference Finals with an injury-riddled Rockets side missing stars Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming before finally falling to the Lakers in game 7.
His teams often ran with talented passing big-men in the high post – Chris Webber, Vlade Divac and Brad Miller all featured in his systems.