It’s a crazy ride the NBA coaching carousel and it’s getting wilder for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Earlier this month former Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman told the Statesman Journal “Right now I don't plan on doing anything, just taking some time off.”
On Tuesday, Adelman was in Minneapolis talking to the Wolves about their coaching position according to ESPN’s Ric Bucher. Adelman joins the cavalcade of coaching stars that have also interviewed for the Wolves coaching position, joining the likes of Don Nelson and Larry Brown.
These coaches are lining up to lead the up-and-coming Wolves team which includes All-Star Kevin Love, number two overall pick Derrick Williams, troublemaker Mike Beasley, the unforgettable Darko Milicic, last season’s midseason pickup Anthony Randolph, and international star Ricky Rubio.
Rick Adelman is 65 years old, has 20 years of head coaching experience with a 945-616 record and has only missed the playoffs four times. Adelman has never won an NBA championship, which gives him even more incentive to come and coach the Wolves instead of taking the year off.
Now the Wolves are probably not going to contend for the NBA championship this season—if there is a season—but a veteran coach is really what this young Wolves team needs.
Other candidates that have interviewed are Terry Porter, Mike Woodson, and Bernie Bickerstaff. Wolves fans are still holding out hope for former Wolves player and former NBA Coach of the Year Sam Mitchell, but the Wolves are not expected to conduct any more interviews.