Minnesota Timberwolves Coaching Search: Rick Adelman Won't Coach This Season

Collin KottkeCorrespondent IIIAugust 2, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Head coach Rick Adelman of the Houston Rockets talks to his team during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on December 20, 2010 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The search goes on for the new head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. In an interview with the Statesman Journal coaching candidate Rick Adelman said “Right now I don't plan on doing anything, just taking some time off.”

Which sure makes it look like he’s not going to be the next coach of the Wolves, he also added, "It's a hard grind in the NBA, and I've been doing it for 20-plus years. I'm just looking forward to getting away from it."

David Kahn still has many options though; Larry Brown, Bernie Bickerstaff, Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, and Don Nelson are all candidates for the head coaching gig. Don Nelson has said publicly that he wants the job.

Other options are out there, a report from 1500 ESPN Minneapolis-St. Paul says that “The Czar” Mike Fratello may also be a candidate.

If David Kahn would ever listen to fans, former Timberwolves player and 2007 NBA Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell would also be a candidate, but pleasing Wolves fans has never been one of Kahn’s strong suits.

The Wolves coaching search started late into the offseason after the long and drawn out indecision on former head coach Kurt Rambis. The mishandling of the coaching change will forever live in the Kahn screw-ups.

David Kahn has always wanted an up-tempo team, now he has the chance to get the coach to do it. Kurt Rambis coached the triangle offense which doesn't result in many fast break opportunities. Don Nelson looks to be the obvious choice with his run and gun style and his reputation of turning down-in-the-dumps teams to playoff contenders.

As one former Minnesota sports coach would say “The situation is fluid.”

 

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