Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman announced Monday (April 21) that he will retire after 23 seasons in the NBA.
The team made the announcement via Twitter, saying he plans to spend time with family. “Adelman says he’ll move back to Portland to spend time with family. Says his grand kids are be there and will keep him busy #Twolves,” said the team’s Twitter account.
The team also said Adelman will continue working for the franchise in a consulting role.
Adelman leaves with a celebrated coaching career that includes 1,042 victories, eighth on the NBA’s career list. Throughout his career, he’s coached both in Portland and Sacramento, as well as Golden State and Houston. With the Timberwolves, he spend the last three seasons with the team.
“I think it’s time for me to step aside,” Adelman said. “When I came here, we really tried to see if we could turn some things around and we made some strides. Not as much as we would have liked, but I think it’s time for me to step aside and let someone else come in with this group. We’re not that far away.
“I really enjoyed my time here. I thank [owner] Glen [Taylor] so much. He’s the best owner I’ve ever been around. Not only as an owner, but as a person and everything. It’s been an enjoyable experience, but I’m ready and my wife’s ready to move on to another phase. We’re looking forward to that.”