Mar 18, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 92-77. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman may quit after the season


After twice considering quitting this season, Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman may resign in the summer if his wife continues to have issues, according to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com.

Adelman left the team for three weeks in January to be with his wife Mary Kay, who had been hospitalized due to unexplained seizures. Minnesota went 2-9 in his absence.

When asked about the possibility of not returning in 2013-14, Adelman told NBA.com, “I think it’s something I’m just going to have to sit down with my wife and family and just talk about and see where we’re going with this. The most important thing is where we’re going with her health. Whatever happens will happen naturally.”

Is resigning a distant consideration? A serious option?

“It’s unfair for me to talk about that when I’m asking these guys to finish the season off and compete,” Adelman, a private man, said before the Timberwolves played the Kings at Sleep Train Arena. “And that’s all I’m trying to do now. I think there will be a right time to look at everything. I don’t want to really talk about those types of things until it’s done.”

This is not all too surprising, because his family is certainly more important than basketball—especially at this stage in his career. Adelman, 66, began his NBA coaching career for the Trail Blazers in 1989, and since coached for the Warriors, Kings, Rockets and now the Timberwolves.

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