As the 3s rain down on San Antonio, bits of light are peeking through the June and gloom in the Twin Cities.
First off, NBA.com ran a little ditty about the Wolves expecting Rick Adelman back. I know we’ve heard multiple takes on ‘expecting’ Adelman to return, but it’s get circulated a bit. Here’s a taste:
Every indication points to Rick Adelman returning as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, president Flip Saunders said, apparently resolving one of the many prominent issues in front of Saunders early in his tenure as head of basketball operations.
Adelman told NBA.com in March that he twice contemplated quitting during the season to be with his wifeMary Kay as she suffered a series of seizures — and that he would again consider stepping away in the summer if doctors were unable to determine a cause or successful treatment. While the winningest active coach in the league following the George Karl-Nuggets breakup has not given Minnesota officials a definitive word, Saunders is taking conversations with Adelman as signals that he will return for 2013-14.
“We’ve talked every day, every other day,” Saunders said during a break at the adidas Eurocamp. “He talks about his staff, he talks about players. We were talking the other day about offenses that I ran, offenses that he ran. Talking just the basketball talk. The talks that we’ve had leads me to believe that he’s going to be back.
“My assumption is just like when I coached. No one really asked me if I was coming back or not. You’re under contract. You’re part of expectations…. And if something changes, then we’ll change as it does. That’s part of what the NBA is all about. Adapting to changes. But I believe he’s going to be back. Mary Kay has made some progress, so that’s the positive. I hope he’s back because I know if he’s back that means that she’s making good progress and getting back on good health. That’s what all our hopes are for.”
The other nice thought is Flip isn’t going around the league offering stuff like this to Monta Ellis. 3 years and $36 million for a guy who just finished averaging 14 points, 5.5 assists, 3.5 turnovers, 16% from 3 and 43% from the field in a 4 game sweep at the hands of the Miami Heat. That field goal percentage is actually higher than what he shot on the season (41%). Woof. I mean, it’s great he’s a ballerina out there, all smooth and majestically athletic creating on offense, but I hope there’s a plan for Brandon Jennings. That backcourt is all kinds of messy. So, yeah. At least Flip isn’t courting Monta.
From the what-the-hell-was-that? file: