April 09, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman looks to the court against the Golden State Warriors during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Retaining Rick Adelman: Wolves Priority #1

The apprehension surrounding Glen Taylor’s homer hire of Flip Saunders was on full display with Reuters and Yahoo! Sports getting ahead of themselves and running straight into the teeth of it — what is going to happen to Rick Adelman?

Can Saunders and Adelman coexist? Is Flip going to be looking over Rick’s shoulder, waiting for an opportunity to undermine him in order to make his way back on to the Wolves bench? Is this unfounded paranoia a product of David Kahn’s personality wreaking havoc on the Wolves Front Office’s perception — or is it really unfounded at all?

The number one priority for the Wolves this offseason — before securing Nikola Pekovic at a reasonable price, before ironing out a medium-sized, long-ish term contract with Andrei Kirilenko, before keeping Chase Budinger in the fold, before draft research and the draft lottery and exploring trading up or out or buying picks, before finding a better-fitting defensive big and a slew of shooters who can defend and/or handle the ball, and before deciding the fate of Derrick Williams, Jose Juan Barea, Luke Ridnour and Greg Stiemsma — the Wolves needed to secure the Hall of Famer coaching this team.

So what is the first of many softball questions put to Taylor and Saunders at their presser last week:

On the status of Rick Adelman… 
Taylor: “Yes, I’ve talked to Rick Adelman, he is our coach. I do expect him to be back.”

What up, Reuters? Where’s the accountability, Yahoo!?


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