The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to turn in their ninth straight playoff-less season, but it’s looking like they might not have to worry about who their head coach will be as they attempt to avoid making it ten straight seasons. Rick Adelman had to step away from the team at times this season due to the health of his wife, Mary-Kay Adelman, and many believed that this issue would cause him to retire.
But last night before the Timberwolves final home game of the season, Adelman set the speculated record straight and said that he’s not going into the offseason expecting to retire, rather he’s entering the offseason with the expectation he’s going to be on the Wolves bench for the 2013-14 season.
#Twolves Adelman says his approach about next season is that he is returning unless he learns something new w/ regards to his wife’s health.
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) April 15, 2013
This is perhaps the best news the Wolves have heard all season, as Adelman has spent the last two years building and sculpting this team in his image and to have him leave would have been devastating to the future of the team. However, Adelman would have been leaving under extraordinary and completely understandable circumstances, so it wouldn’t have even come close to being held against him.
But for anyone who doubted Adelman’s commitment to the Timberwolves during the season, they need to look no further than Adelman’s words last night and his devotion to returning in 2013-14 to lead the Wolves as far as he can take them.