Several media outlets reported Monday that veteran basketball coach Rick Adelman will be the next head coach of the long-struggling NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.
Adelman, 65, has reportedly agreed to terms and is slated to sign a contract with the team in the coming days. While he can begin building a coaching staff and perform other administrative duties once he takes over, Adelman , like all other NBA head coaches, remains without a team due to the ongoing NBA lockout of players that began July 1.
If the reports of Adelman’s hiring are correct, he would replace former Los Angeles Lakers player Kurt Rambis, who struggled as the T-wolves coach the last two seasons. Minnesota has won just 32 games in the last two seasons, including a league-low mark for frustration of 17-65 last season.
Adding to the speculation of the media reports, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love tweeted Monday, “Houston, we have a coach.”
The T-wolves will be the fifth NBA team Adelman has coached in his lengthy career. Previous stops included Portland, Sacramento, Golden State and Houston, which he left at the end of last season.
Adelman brings a 945-616 career record as an NBA coach with him, in a period that spans 20 seasons.
Adelman apparently beat out others who interviewed for the job, including Bernie Bickerstaff, Terry Porter, Larry Brown, Mike Woodson, Sam Mitchell and Don Nelson.
Adelman-coached teams have twice reached the NBA Finals (Portland in 1990 and 1992), but he has never won an NBA championship. His teams over the years have consistently finished with winning seasons, with just two seasons that ended with a losing record.