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Timberwolves' Adelman announces retirement

The Sports Xchange

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman announced Monday that he is retiring.

Adelman was 97-133 in his three seasons in Minnesota and the Timberwolves were 40-42 in 2013-14. They last made the playoffs at the end of the 2003-04 season.

“It’s time,” Adelman said in a statement. “It’s just time for me step aside and someone else to come in.”

The Timberwolves said that Adelman plans to move back to Portland, Ore., to spend time with family, including his grandchildren.

Adelman has an opt-out clause in his contract, and was set to make $6 million next season. Speaking about the job last month, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said the health of Adelman’s wife, Mary Kay, would be a major consideration.

“I think that a lot of it has to do with (Adelman’s) family and what he thinks is best for his family,” Taylor said. “I know he loves coaching, so that’s not the issue. I just think he has to determine what’s in the best interest for his family right now.”

Adelman went 1,042-749 in 23 seasons in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Timberwolves.

Team president Flip Saunders could move from the front office to the bench, but there is reportedly interest from the franchise in formerTimberwolves guard Fred Hoiberg, who led Iowa State to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in March.

The job could be attractive in that it offers stability with 12 players on the current roster under contract for next season. All-Star forward Kevin Love is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season.

In addition to Hoiberg, multiple media outlets reported that early candidates include former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.

Here is a sampling of what other NBA coaches said about Adelman’s impact on the game, via

—San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: “He’s been what I call a lifer. He’s been in several different programs, made them all better, done a heck of a job wherever he’s gone, has always been underrated and has been a guy that players have really enjoyed playing for. That’s who he is. ... I’ve stolen from him, very honestly.”

—Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers: “A lot of people have run the elbow action, but no one’s run it like him. He started doing it in Portland and then in Sac, everywhere he’s gone he’s won for the most part. He’s one of the better coaches that we’ve ever had in the league and a lot of people don’t realize that. And I think that’s too bad. But he’s been good for the game. He’s brought a lot to the game.”

—Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: “In terms of the impact he’s had on the league, you just check out everybody’s playbook. Everybody has at least some version or piece of his offense in their playbook. And most teams call it Sacramento. He was and has been an incredible innovator in this game.”

—Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau: “I think every coach in this league has taken some of his concepts. You can see every team has part of his corner series as part of their offense.”