The focus was on Timberwolves’ head coach Rick Adelman, who earned his 1,000th NBA head coaching victory.
The Associated Press’ Jon Krawczynski said it best last night:
Adelman is currently in his 22nd season as an NBA head coach, and although he hasn’t won the championship, he joins an elite club of coaches with 1,000 wins.
He joins a club of only seven other men: Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Jerry Sloan, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Larry Brown and George Karl.
Adelman is now enshrined himself into a group of head coaching immortality, but what should be a huge story virtually gets no publicity.
To paraphrase Ron Burgundy, it’s kind of a big deal.
This achievement would be getting the right publicity if Adelman was the head coach of a team on either coast, more so if he was on the right coast.
But he's not. He’s in the middle of fly-over country.
Fly-over country become less of a hassle if you have a winning team; Adelman doesn’t have that luxury after the basketball Gods decided that half of his team should go down with injuries this season and last season, his first year in Minnesota.
Adelman has made the playoffs more times than not, making the postseason 16-of-22 years, including this season.
This should be headline news.
We should all be talking about it, but it doesn’t receive the front-page sports teaser headline on the Sunday morning edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. No, the Louisville Cardinals got that honor.
I’m not saying that Adelman’s 1,000th win should overshadow the Final Four nationally, but it deserves to be talked about, especially in the Twin Cities market.
The Wolves finally find themselves on the right side of a big achievement and it may just all get swept under the rug.
The Final Four is great, but it happens every year. An NBA coaching winning his 1,000th game has only happened eight times.
Hold on to these precious moments, folks.
We don’t know the next time a Minnesota team may have this kind of moment. We also don’t know how much longer the Wolves will have such a legendary coach at the helm.