MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has decided to retire after 23 seasons in the NBA.
Adelman made the announcement Monday, five days after the Wolves wrapped up a disappointing 40-42 season.
The decision brings an end to a celebrated coaching career that includes 1,042 victories, eighth on the NBA’s career list. He coached Western Conference powers in Portland and Sacramento and also had stops in Golden State and Houston.
Adelman said the time is right for him to step aside and spend more time with his wife, Mary Kay, who has been treated for seizures over the past two years. He also thinks the Wolves need a fresh voice to help them try to persuade star power forward Kevin Love to remain in Minnesota.
“I think it was kind of a gradual thing that just kept coming,” Adelman said of his decision-making process. “And looking for the whole organization, I think it’s best that maybe a new voice at the coaching position would be best right now.”