Timberwolves, Adelman Near Deal
For months now the Minnesota Timberwolves have been looking to fill their vacant head coaching position, and now it looks like they will finally get it done.
After waiting until well into the head coach hiring frenzy to part ways with Kurt Rambis, the Timberwolves found themselves in the unenviable position of having to leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of a new coach, a search that included such names as Larry Brown, Sam Mitchell and Don Nelson. It wasn’t until the possibility that Nelson might just be next for Minnesota arose (much to the chagrin of many of team president David Kahn’s advisers) that former Houston Rockets head coach Rick Adelman came into the picture.
From that moment on it was a solitary pursuit.
Adelman is as close to a perfect fit as the Timberwolves could hope to find, though in truth he was hoping for a situation where he might compete for a championship sooner rather than later. His success with young players is one of his strongest attributes, and he has also had a great deal of success helping international players adapt their games to the NBA.
For the Timberwolves, who have plenty of young players and who have staked much of their future success on the growth and development of Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, Adelman could turn out to be the one who returns to the team to respectability . . .at long last.
Sources close to the situation told HOOPSWORLD that Adelman is expected to reach a contract agreement with the Timberwolves next week.