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Rick Adelman may quit as Timberwolves coach over wife’s health issues

Rick-AdelmanThe Minnesota Timberwolves are currently 23-43 and out of playoff contention. What started as a year filled with postseason aspirations has turned into another disappointing season, but losing basketball games has not been the most important issue in head coach Rick Adelman’s life.

Adelman’s wife, Mary Kay, continues to have health problems. She was hospitalized in January, where doctors tried to determine the cause of her seizures. Adelman missed 11 games during the month of January as a result. According to NBA.com’s Hang Time Blog, he contemplating quitting twice during the season and may resign over the summer if Mary Kay continues to struggle with her health.

“She’s just on a lot of medicine,” Adelman explained. “We’ll just have to wait and see. We go back to the doctor in April and see what they have to say. I think it’s something I’m just going to have to sit down with my wife and family and just talk about and see where we’re going with this. The most important thing is where we’re going with her health. Whatever happens will happen naturally.”

The Timberwolves still have games to play, so Adelman would not specifically say that he is considering resigning after the season ends. However, it would be tough to imagine his players not understanding that family comes first.

“It’s unfair for me to talk about that when I’m asking these guys to finish the season off and compete,” Adelman said. “And that’s all I’m trying to do now. I think there will be a right time to look at everything. I don’t want to really talk about those types of things until it’s done.”

There are more important things in life than basketball games. Adelman is one of the best coaches in the NBA, but I’m sure being away from his wife during this difficult time has been a challenge. Here’s hoping her health improves and he can return to coaching next season.

Rick Adelman reportedly thinks Michael Beasley doesn’t play defense, share ball

The Timberwolves did not extend a qualifying offer to Michael Beasley this offseason, and it looks like we know why. According to a report, it’s because Minnesota coach Rick Adelman feels Beasley doesn’t play defense or move the ball on offense.

Britt Robson wrote a piece on Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor for Twin Cities Business Magazine that was published mid-September. On Monday, he published a piece on Minn Post sharing additional stories from Taylor.

According to Robson, here’s what Taylor said Adelman thinks about Beasley:

“What Rick said about Michael was, ‘Yes, Michael has been good. I get along with him. But I don’t think we’ll be a championship team with him. If I put Michael in, Michael can score, but he doesn’t play any defense and he forgets the other offensive players, and I just can’t tolerate that under my system because the other players are just standing around.’”

It’s no surprise to hear that analysis of Beasley’s game. You may recall that after an easy win over the Wizards in January, Adelman emphasized that the ball moved well that game. What was notable about that game? Beasley was out with an injury. Even Kevin Love attributed the ball moving well to Beasley being out.

Love also commented in the offseason that the Timberwolves improved because they got rid of some bad blood in the locker room. Between this report about Beasley, and ex-Timberwolves big man Darko Milicic saying he’d kill someone on the court, I think we know about whom Love was speaking.

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Rick Adelman rips Darko Milicic for being lazy and out of shape

Darko Milicic began the year as the Timberwolves’ starting center but has since fallen out of favor and watched Nikola Pekovic replace him. Now the Timberwolves are temporarily keeping Pekovic, who’s been hampered by injuries to both ankles, out of action for a while. And even though Darko is the next center listed on Minnesota’s depth chart, don’t expect coach Rick Adelman to bump him up to the first string. Adelman put the failed former second-overall pick on blast.

“He hasn’t done anything to really give you a lot of faith that he’s going to go out and do the job,” Adelman told the Star-Tribune. “He’s gotten himself out of shape. He hasn’t been as driven as you’d like so when a situation like this happens, it’s time for someone to have their opportunity and get back in there.”

Darko started last Sunday against the Kings but played only six minutes. He’s seen action in just 10 games since the end of January, a disappointing follow-up to a career year (by Darko’s standards — 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds) for the T-Wolves last season. Mark it down as just another sad stage in Darko’s disastrous career.

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Kevin Love Uses Twitter to Breaks News of Timberwolves Hiring Rick Adelman

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is plugged into all things related to his basketball team. On Monday afternoon, he grabbed attention with the following tweet posted to his account:

The Apollo 13 allusion actually has a dual meaning; ex-Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman was reportedly negotiating with the team over the weekend. Adelman coached the Rockets the past four seasons until parting ways with the team in April.

During a July interview with LBS, Love told us that Adelman stood out to him among the coaches Minnesota was considering. He told us that playing in Adelman’s corner system was “intriguing” and would be “very fun to be a part of.”

It looks like he’s going to get his wish, which also helps Minnesota’s chances of getting him to agree to a contract extension. Between Ricky Rubio finally coming to America, and Adelman’s imminent hiring, things are looking up in Minnesota.

Carl Landry Praises Rick Adelman After Firing by Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets announced on Monday that Rick Adelman would not be back as the team’s head coach after four seasons on the job. The sides mutually agreed to part ways and it’s pretty obvious there was a divergence regarding the way the team should be run. Adelman was discouraged by all the trades management made. From the time he took the job to now, only two players have remained with the team — Luis Scola and Chuck Hayes. That’s a lot different from the team led by Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady Adelman envisioned he’d be coaching when he got the job.

Despite the differences in philosophy, Adelman led Houston to a 193-135 record giving him the highest winning percentage in franchise history. He also helped the organization break its streak of seven consecutive first-round losses in the playoffs. He got a lot out of his players including Hayes and Scola, and he helped Carl Landry become an extremely valuable player.

Matter of fact, Landry who is now with the Hornets, had nothing but praise for Adelman after learning of the firing. “Is it true that the Houston Rockets let Rick Adelman go?” Landry asked on twitter. He followed it up saying “The man wins 50 games every year without T Mac and Yao and you get rid of him? I don’t understand … Thanks coach Adelman on helping me become the player I am today.”

What Landry has become is a strong bench player who can give you 26-27 minutes per game of scoring and energy. In his third year in the league, he emerged as a 16-point-per-game scorer for the Rockets before being traded to Sacramento for Kevin Martin. Landry didn’t appear to have much going for him his first two years in the league, but Adelman surely helped him reach a new level. I don’t know who Houston will hire next, but it will be tough to find someone better than Rick.