MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman is one victory away from joining an exclusive club.
Adelman has 999 career victories. Only seven coaches in NBA history have won 1,000 games in their careers. He's reached this point with his own understated style, through stops in Portland, Golden State, Sacramento, Houston and now Minnesota.
Achieving it this season would hold a little something special for Adelman. He missed 11 games to be with his wife while she was treated for seizures and watched a litany of injuries sabotage a team that had playoff aspirations.
The Timberwolves host the Toronto Raptors on Friday night with a chance to get Adelman the milestone. He would join Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Larry Brown and George Karl on the list.