Adelman discusses wife's seizures

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 30, 2013 - 6:57 AM
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Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman missed much of Tuesday's practice while he accompanied his wife, Mary Kay, on a doctor's visit and afterward talked for the first time about the seizures that have caused both of them to seek doctors' expertise for the past three weeks.

"They have no idea why," Adelman said. "There's no rhyme or reason why she had it. Usually it's you bump your head sometime or something happened or you're sick. They have no reason. That has been the hardest part, is not knowing why.

"It's just a process now. We have no clue why it has happened, no one can figure it out. Now it's a matter of finding out how do you manage them and what do you do with it. How do you go forward? That's why today was one more of those days."

Adelman said Tuesday's appointment, during which a new doctor offered his opinion and ordered a test, was scheduled two weeks ago and it ran longer than expected. He said he does not expect that conflict with practice to happen again.

"The good thing is she's home now, and I'm looking forward to getting back in the game," Adelman said.

He said he doesn't expect it will take him long to get back his coaching chops after missing 11 games and more than three weeks.

"I think it will be OK," he said. "Ricky [Rubio] wasn't starting when I left and he's starting now and I've got to figure out how I want to play, who I want to play, what the matchups are. I'll talk to the coaches, but I don't think it'll take too long, I really don't.

"Got to get a win. That would be the best thing."

Adelman hadn't divulged his wife's ailment or discussed it in any detail until he met with reporters after Tuesday's practice. He apparently also hasn't told his players all that much more.

"Those types of questions, he likes to keep it to himself," Wolves forward Andrei Kirilenko said. "We're on his side. Even having him back in practice, it's already a big deal. You feel like the positive emotions get back, feel a little bit like everything is back to normal.

"We understand it's a tough situation, but he's professional. For him, it's very important to get back to his work and take his mind off personal things."

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