Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has retired from the game, after his best season in charge of the current side.
The 67-year-old will call it a day after 23 years in the NBA, the last three of which have been spent in Minnesota. Whilst confirming his decision he also explained that it was more down to personal reasons than for anything to do with the game itself.
During his three seasons at the club he steadied the ship after a turbulent period in the organisation's history.
Adelman, who guided the Portland Trail Blazers to the finals in 1990 and 1992, ranks eighth on the NBA all-time coaching list due to his achievements, bowed out after 40 wins during the last regular season.
Whilst he will remain connected to the organisation in a consultancy role, Adelman confirmed that he hoped it would be the right decision, but he will miss the game undoubtedly.
"It's time,... you always second-guess yourself in this line of work, but I always felt I had good people around me. There's no doubt I'll miss it." he told Skysports.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor paid tribute to the work he had put in during his spell with the Minnesota based outfit and for the improvement seen under his stewardship.
"I would like to thank Rick for all he has done for our organisation,..."Under Rick's leadership, our team has improved each of the past three seasons."
As a former player with five different outfits, and a coach of five more, Adelman will be missed on the touchline next season by fans and players alike.
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