Rick Adelman named Timberwolves coach, sources indicate
Rick Adelman is about to be named the new coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, a bad basketball team that loses money in a sport that loses money, and is locked out, and might not even play any games this year.
Welcome to Minnesota, Rick!
The naming of Adelman is not yet official, but the Timberwolves and Adelman had been close to ironing out a contract in recent days, according to Sports Illustrated's sources.
The news became semi-official this afternoon, in the same way that so many great things come to light: Kevin Love's Twitter feed.
First, the announcement from Love, which doesn't name anyone, but makes a sly allusion to Adelman's previous job as coach of the Houston Rockets:
Houston, we have a coach.
Love's announcement, if it bears out, is actually a pretty legitimate score for the Wolves, who had previously relied on famously feisty white players from the 1980's -- Kurt Rambis, Kevin McHale -- or obscure basketball men who've since disappeared from the earth -- Randy Wittman, Dwane Casey -- to sit on the bench.
In the early 2000s, Adelman coached the visually spectacular Sacramento Kings, exciting teams that passed brilliantly, won tons of games, and nearly toppled the Kobe-Shaq Lakers.
The Star Tribune reports that Adelman was seeking a five year, $25 million deal.
This is really great news for the Timberwolves, especially if they ever play another basketball game.
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