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Updated: August 29th, 2011 6:20pm
Report: Rick Adelman to return to Minnesota to talk to Timberwolves

Report: Rick Adelman to return to Minnesota to talk to Timberwolves

by Judd Zulgad
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Timberwolves could be closing in on hiring a head coach.

Rick Adelman will return to Minneapolis on Tuesday to meet with Wolves owner Glen Taylor, according to ESPN.

ESPN's report said that Adelman did not get a chance to meet with Taylor last Wednesday during his first visit because the owner's health issues kept the two from talking in person.

Adelman, 65, spent the past four seasons coaching the Houston Rockets. He was let go in April.

He is 945-616 in 20 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers (1988-94), Golden State Warriors (1995-97), Sacramento Kings (1998-2006) and Houston. Adelman's teams have made the playoffs 16 times and he twice took Portland to the NBA Finals.

After Adelman left Houston, he told reporters he planned to sit out the upcoming season but clearly that might no longer be the case.

Adelman is at least the seventh person to interview with Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn for the job since Kurt Rambis was fired on July 12. The others were Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Bernie Bickerstaff, Terry Porter, Mike Woodson and Sam Mitchell.

The Wolves have been able to take their time in replacing Rambis because the ongoing NBA lockout makes it uncertain when the season might start.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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