The future of the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise starts with Rick Adelman’s decision to return or retire after the season.
Team owner Glen Taylor believes Adelman will decide to stay with the franchise, according to ShamaSportsHeadliners.com.
Here is what David Shama had to say about Adelman’s situation:
Taylor said Adelman is waiting for medical consultation on his wife and that information could come in the next 30 days. “We’re hoping so, yes,” Taylor said.
Adelman, 66, is among the NBA’s most admired coaches and it’s believed if necessary he will retire to spend more time with his wife. Although Taylor has a president of basketball operations (David Kahn) with an expiring contract and challenges with player personnel, it is the coach and his availability for next season that is priority No. 1. He described Adelman as “the key” to the immediate future.
“I think right now the No. 1 decision for me is Rick,” Taylor said. “I just think with his experience and his relationships with these players and this team, that’s such a critical part of our plan. And whatever he decides could affect some of the other decisions.”
Adelman said on Monday that his approach about next season is that he is returning unless he learns something new with regards to his wife Mary Kay’s health. There were reports during the season that Adelman would consider retirement, including reports that he considered calling it quits in the middle of the season.
So it appears now that Adelman’s future is dependent on a medical consultation after the season, but Taylor and Adelman himself seem optimistic about next season.