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Updated: September 12th, 2011 4:32pm
Rick Adelman accepts deal to become Timberwolves' new coach

Rick Adelman accepts deal to become Timberwolves' new coach

by Phil Mackey
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The search has finally ended.

Rick Adelman has accepted a deal to become the new coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a league source, ending the two-month search to replace Kurt Rambis.

Adelman, 65, owns a 945-616 career record in 20 career seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, including 12 consecutive winning seasons dating back to 1997. Adelman also owns a career record of 79-78 in the playoffs -- a stage the Timberwolves haven't reached since 2004.

Adelman initially said he planned to sit out next season, but he wound up meeting with Wolves' officials on Aug. 23 and again with owner Glen Taylor on Aug. 30. The Wolves also reportedly had strong interest in Don Nelson and Sam Mitchell.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Adelman hopes to bring his coaching staff from Houston last season to Minnesota.

And per the Star Tribune, the hiring of Adelman will "absolutely" affect Kevin Love's decision whether to sign a contract extension.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Kevin Love, Kurt Rambis