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Updated: September 13th, 2011 8:09am
Timberwolves make it official: their new coach is Rick Adelman

Timberwolves make it official: their new coach is Rick Adelman

by Judd Zulgad
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Rick Adelman's hiring is official.

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Tuesday morning that Adelman has reached an agreement in principle to become the 10th head coach in franchise history.

Adelman is eighth all-time in NBA coaching victories with a 945-616 (.605) record in 20 seasons as coach of the Portland Trail Blazers (1988-94), Golden State Warriors (1995-97), Sacramento Kings (1998-2006) and Houston Rockets (2007-11).

Adelman, 65, took Portland to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. He has posted 12 consecutive winning seasons dating 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 after not having his contract renewed by the Rockets, 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.

Adelman's hiring ends the two-month search to replace Kurt Rambis. The Star Tribune reported that Adelman was seeking a five-year contract worth $25 million. 

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

A press conference to introduce Adelman will be announced at a later date, according to the Wolves. Wolves president of basketball operations David Kahn and Adelman can't talk about any of his new players at the press conference because of the NBA lockout.

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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In this story: Kurt Rambis