It seems almost fitting that Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman is being overshadowed by Mike Woodson, as he was never a coach that was flamboyant but was one who was always subtly respected throughout this career.
That career has now come to an end as the Minnesota Timberwolves have announced that Adelman has retired from the NBA and will no longer serve as the team’s head coach. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune was the first to report news of Adelman’s decision.
It’s not an entirely surprising decision as Adelaman has been splitting his time for the past few years between coaching the Timberwolves and caring for his ailing wife. This may have contributed to the lack of focus the Wolves had but despite being constantly pulled away from the team, Adelman managed to finish out his long coaching career with many high points, including the furthered development of All-Star Kevin Love.
But it’s time for a new era in Minnesota and Adelman’s exit comes during a time in which there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the team. With questions about Kevin Love’s long term commitment to the team, the Wolves will be both looking for a coach that may be able to keep him in Minnesota but also one that can help the team stand back up if and when Love decides to leave.