Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Adelman is new Wolves coach

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves coaches Updated: September 12, 2011 - 4:53 PM

Rick Adelman, who has coached 20 NBA seasons, will be the new Timberwolves coach.

According to two league sources, Timberwolves president David Kahn is calling other candidates and telling them he has struck a deal with Adelman.

Terms of the deal, or if Adelman got the five-year, $25 million contract he was believed to be seeking, are not known.

Some quick information on the new Wolves coach:

About Rick Adelman

Age: 65 (born June 16, 1946 in Lynwood, Calif.)
College: Loyola of Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount)
Pro career: A 6-1 guard, he was drafted by San Diego (now Houston) Rockets in 1968 in the seventh round of the NBA draft. Played two seasons with San Diego, three with Portland, and one full season with Chicago before playing for three teams in 1974-75, after which he retired. In 462 NBA games, he averaged 7.7 points per game.
College coaching: Chemeketa Community College (Salem, Ore.), 1977-83.
NBA assistant: Portland 1983-89.
NBA head coach: Portland 1989-94, Golden State 1995-97, Sacramento 1998-2006, Houston 2007-2011.
NBA coaching record: 20 years, regular season, 945-616 (.605); playoffs 79-78 (.503). Made playoffs in 16 of 20 seasons.
Best seasons: Portland lost in NBA Finals 1990, 1992.

Winningest coaches in NBA history:
Coach    Seasons    Record

Don Nelson    31    1,335-1063
Lenny Wilkens    32    1,332-1155
Jerry Sloan    26    1,221-803
Pat Riley    24    1,210-694
Phil Jackson     20    1,155-485
Larry Brown    26    1,098-904
George Karl    23    1,036-703
Rick Adelman    20    945-616
Bill Fitch    25    944-1106
Red Auerbach    20    938-479
 

 

 

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