Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman won the 1,000th regular season game of his 22-year career when Minnesota defeated Detroit 107-101 at the Target Center on Saturday. Adelman (1,000-703) becomes just the eighth coach to cross the 1,000 wins threshold, joining Don Nelson (1,335-1,063), Lenny Wilkins (1,332-1,155), Jerry Sloan (1,221-803), Pat Riley (1,210-694), Phil Jackson (1,155-485), Larry Brown (1,098-904) and George Karl (1,088-727). Only four coaches reached 1,000 wins faster than Adelman, who needed 1,703 games: Jackson (1,423), Riley (1,434), Sloan (1,663) and Karl (1,679). “I think one of the greatest parts about him is that it’s not about him,” Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love said. “It’s never about him. It’s definitely a big deal to him that he’s coming up on a thousand wins, but you’d never know it. He always lets it be the players’ team. It’s all about us. It’s all about us getting better, and it’s never about the notoriety about him.” Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio added: “It seems like he knows everything. I feel comfortable with him. It’s something that he has and you can’t explain it. Once you are on his team, he’s giving you advice, it’s like a clinic every single day…He lets us play and that’s pretty cool for me. I like when I’m out there and playing like it’s a playground and it’s the NBA. It’s fun. He deserves it, especially this year. He stayed with the team and he has all my respect for that.” Adelman’s NBA coaching career began in 1988, when he stepped in as head coach for the Blazers, where he began as an assistant. He coached Portland until 1994, making Finals appearances in 1990 and 1992. He went on to coach two seasons for the Warriors (1995-1997), eight seasons with the Kings (1989-2006), four seasons with the Rockets (2007-2011) and he’s in the midst of his second season with the Timberwolves (2011-present).
Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman reaches 1,000 career wins
Eighth to cross threshold
Published On: Apr 06 2013 10:59:06 PM CDT Updated On: Apr 07 2013 02:40:20 AM CDT
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