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Updated: August 1st, 2011 7:45pm
Wolves' coaching candidate Rick Adelman says he'll sit out next season

Wolves' coaching candidate Rick Adelman says he'll sit out next season

by Phil Mackey
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Forget the idea of Rick Adelman being the next coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

A report surfaced two weeks ago that Adelman was set to interview for the Wolves' vacancy, but the 64-year-old told the Statesman Journal Monday, "Right now I don't plan on doing anything, just taking some time off."

Adelman added, "It's a hard grind in the NBA, and I've been doing it for 20-plus years. I'm just looking forward to getting away from it."

With a career coaching record of 945-616 between the Blazers, Warriors, Kings and Rockets, Adelman has not endured a losing season since 1997, which likely made him extremely appealing for a Wolves team that hasn't reached 20 wins in three seasons. Z

Adelman cited the current lockout as one main reason to wait, but he did not confirm to what extent he spoke with Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn.

"(The media) had me interviewing a couple of places that I never even went to," Adelman said. "It's all part of it now. If you don't have a job and you've coached in the league, the first thing that happens if a job opens up, they throw the same names out there.

"Sometimes you know things are happening, but until you hear from teams, I don't believe a lot of things I read."

Don Nelson, Bernie Bickerstaff, Terry Porter, Mike Woodson and perhaps others are still believed to be in the mix for the job.

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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