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Rick Adelman Retires; Who’s Next?

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman made it official today by announcing he is retiring from coaching. 

Adelman played seven seasons in the NBA from 1968 to 1975 before he headed to sideline to coach for 23 seasons from 1988 to 2014. He won 1,042 games as head coach for Portland, Golden State, Sacramento, Houston and Minnesota.

For the Timberwolves, Adelman never had a winning season, but dealt with injuries, and the health of his wife made him miss some games.

Now, since Adelman’s retirement is official, who might be a candidate for the job?

Yahoo! Sports writer Marc J. Spears wrote that Minnesota is interested in Iowa State and former Timberwolves player Fred Hoiberg, former Orlando and Miami head coach Stan Van Gundy, and former Memphis coach Lionel Hollins.

ESPN’s Marc Stein also mentioned Florida’s Billy Donovan as a possible candidate.

One large factor that may affect the head coaching position is the future of Kevin Love. Flip Saunders more than likely will have to find a home run hire to get his All-Star forward to stay in Minnesota.

What do you think? As a fan, who would you want to take the Timberwolves back to the postseason?

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