Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman today announced his retirement from coaching in the NBA after 23 seasons as a head coach. Adelman will remain with the Wolves in a consultant role. He has coached 5 NBA (Portland, Golden State, Sacramento, Houston, Minnesota) teams over the course of his career and has reached the NBA Finals twice.
According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Timberwolves are interested in Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, and former NBA coaches Stan Van Gundy and Lionel Hollins.
Adelman ranks eighth all-time in NBA coaching wins with a 1042-749 (.582 winning percentage) career record in 23 seasons as a head coach. Adelman took over a Wolves team prior to the 2011-12 campaign that had won 15 and 17 games the previous two seasons, and won 26, 31 and 40 games under his leadership. With a win over Detroit on April 6, 2013, Adelman became the eighth NBA head coach to record 1,000 wins in a career. By reaching the milestone in his 1,703rd NBA game, Adelman became the fifth-fastest NBA head coach to win 1,000 NBA games.