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AP Source: Wolves' Adelman Retiring after 23 Years

Updated: 04/21/2014 10:12 AM
Created: 04/21/2014 10:10 AM KAALtv.com

The former Minnesota Timberwolves Head Coach Rick Adelman announced his retirement Monday after 23 years coaching in the NBA.

Questions have surrounded Adelman's future role with the team since the end of the Wolves regular season. The announcement came at a scheduled news conference called by President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders to discuss the overall state of the team.

Saunders said the team will keep Adelman on staff as a consultant with the organization

Adelman, 67, began with the Wolves in 2011. The team has missed the playoffs in all three years under his coaching, twice finishing fifth in the Northwest and finishing third this past season. His contract allows him to opt out of coaching a fourth year for $6 million.

He missed time last season because his wife was ill. It is suspected this has played a large role in his decision to leave.

"It's time for me to step aside," Adelman said. "When I came here, we really tried to turn some things around and I think we made some strides."

On April 6, 2013, in a game against the Detroit Pistons, Adelman won his 1000th career game, becoming just the eighth coach in NBA history to reach that milestone.

Adelman took Portland to a pair of NBA Finals appearances in 1990 and 1992. He also made four trips to the Western Conference Finals, three of which were with Portand from 1990-92 and once with Sacramento in 2002.

The NBA named Adelman Coach of the Month a total of seven times over his career, three with Portland, two with Sacramento and two with Houston.

Adelman played professionally from 1968 through 1975. He was selected 79th overall by the San Diego Rockets (now the Houston Rockets) after playing at Loyola Marymount in California.

Rick Adelman
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