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Former Blazers, Rockets Coach Rick Adelman Retires

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Former Blazers and Rockets head coach Rick Adelman announced his retirement from coaching on Monday morning, stepping down as the head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Adelman said that he plans to move back to the Portland-area with his wife and family.

Adelman was the head coach of the last two Blazers teams to make the NBA Finals back in 1990 and 1992. He was also the coach of the Rockets back in 2009 when the Rockets beat the Blazers. He was also the head coach for the highly-regarded Sacramento Kings of the mid-2000s and he was also the coach of the Golden State Warriors in the mid-90s.

Adelman is one of eight coaches in NBA history to have 1000 career wins trailing only Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Jerry Sloan, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, George Karl and Larry Brown.

The health of Adelman’s wife has been an issue the past two seasons.

Adelman will still be a part of the Timberwolves organization as a consultant.

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.