Rick Adelman | The Wolves Years
April 22, 2014
Rick Adelman announced his retirement from coaching on Monday after three seasons with the Timberwolves and becoming the franchise's second-winningest coach. We're taking a look back at his career in Minnesota, beginning with this photo from his introductory press conference in September 2011 when he accepted the position.
Adelman poses with his assistant coaching staff before the 2011-12 season: (from left) Terry Porter, Jack Sikma, Adelman, T.R. Dunn and Bill Bayno. This was the assistant coaching staff for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. In 2013-14, Bayno went to Toronto and David Adelman was promoted to assistant coach.
Adelman assesses the situation during a road game in the 2011-12 season. He and his coaching staff arrived in Minnesota after four years in Houston.
Adelman discusses an in-game situation with Kevin Love during a stoppage in play.
Adelman consults with Ricky Rubio on the court during the famous "White Out" game against the Lakers on March 9, 2012. It was the night Rubio tore his ACL, which effectively changed the team's fortunes that season. At the time, the Wolves were 21-19 and in the eighth seed in the West.
Adelman takes control during a Training Camp practice at Minnesota State University-Mankato in October 2012. It is the start of his second season as Timberwolves coach.
Adelman was known as a player's coach by his own players, but he was also well-respected around the league by players and coaches alike. Here, he chats with Kevin Durant on the sidelines in 2012.
Adelman addresses the crowd with his wife, Mary Kay, after Adelman won his 1,000th career game on April 6, 2013 against the Detroit Pistons. He became the eighth coach in NBA history to reach that 1,000-win plateau.
Adelman sits on the bench during Wolves introductions at Target Center.
Adelman receives a special commemorative plaque from Wolves owner Glen Taylor after winning his 1,000th game.
Adelman draws up a play for the Wolves on the sideline at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Adelman poses in the photo booth at Timberwolves Media Day in September 2013. It is the start of his third and final season with the Wolves as coach.
Adelman talks with Rubio on the sidelines.
Adelman stands next to his son, David Adelman, who finished up his first season as an assistant coach this year. David was one of the team's player development coaches during Adelman's first two years as head coach. He is under contract again next year with the team in 2014-15.
Adelman discusses the next play with Love, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic on the sidelines.
Adelman directs the next play from the sidelines.
Adelman and Love chat in-game. Love played high school basketball with Adelman's son, Patrick, and knew the coach long before they began working together with the Wolves.
The Timberwolves pose for their annual team photo in April. Adelman, seated in the center of the front row, poses for his final team photo as the Wolves' head coach.
Adelman sits alongside President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders on Monday as the two announce Adelman's retirement from coaching. He will remain on as a Wolves consultant moving forward.