Timberwolves' Rick Adelman Becomes Fifth-Fastest NBA Head Coach to Record 1,000 Wins

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Saturday, April 6, 2013


Timberwolves' Rick Adelman Becomes Fifth-Fastest NBA Head Coach to Record 1,000 Wins

Adelman the Eighth NBA Head Coach to Reach 1,000-Win Milestone

Minneapolis/St. Paul – With tonight's Minnesota Timberwolves' 107-101 win over the Detroit Pistons, Wolves head coach Rick Adelman becomes the eighth NBA head coach to record 1,000 career victories, joining Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl as the only active members of the 1,000-win club. By reaching the milestone in his 1703rd NBA game, Adelman becomes the fifth-fastest NBA head coach to win 1,000 NBA games. In his 22nd season as an NBA head coach, tonight's victory moves Adelman's career coaching record to 1000-703, a winning percentage of .587.

Adelman, 66, has served as head coach of five NBA teams: Portland (1988 - 94), Golden State (1995 - 97), Sacramento (1998 - 2006), Houston (2007 - 11) and Minnesota (2012 - current). Some of his coaching highlights include: two NBA Finals appearances (1990 and 1992 with Portland), four Western Conference Finals (1989-90, 1990-91 and 1991-92 with Portland and 2001-02 with Sacramento) and four division titles (1990-91 and 1991-92 with Portland; 2001-02 and 2002-03 with Sacramento).

Adelman's teams have reached the NBA playoffs in 16 of his 21+ seasons as a head coach, and he holds an all-time playoff record of 79-78 (.503 winning percentage). He is one of only five head coaches in NBA history to win 60+ games in a season with two different teams (Portland and Sacramento). Adelman has been runner-up for the NBA Coach of the Year award four times.

Adelman began his coaching career at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, where his teams amassed a 141-39 record over six seasons (1977-83). Chemeketa won or shared in three Oregon community college championships and one regional title.

NBA Head Coaches to have Registered 1,000 Career NBA Head Coaching Victories:

Coach                         Seasons           Wins   Losses             Winning PCT

Don Nelson                 31                    1,335   1,063               .557

Lenny Wilkins             32                    1,332   1,155               .536

Jerry Sloan                  26                    1,221   803                  .603

Pat Riley                     24                    1,210   694                  .636

Phil Jackson                20                    1,155   485                  .704

Larry Brown               26                    1,098   904                  .548

George Karl                24                    1,088   727                  .599

Rick Adelman                        22                    1,000   703                  .587

NBA Head Coaches - Fastest to 1,000 Wins:

Coach                         Game  Date                            Opponent       Final

Phil Jackson                1423    Dec. 25, 2008              vs. Boston       92-83

Pat Riley                     1434    Nov. 1, 2000               vs. Orlando     105-79

Jerry Sloan                  1663    Dec. 11, 2006              vs. Dallas         101-79

George Karl                1679    Dec. 10, 2010              at Toronto       123-116

Rick Adelman                        1703    Apr. 6, 2013               vs. Detroit        107-101 

Larry Brown               1762    Jan. 13, 2006               vs. Atlanta       105-94

Don Nelson                 1790    Dec. 29, 2001              vs. Atlanta       113-97

Lenny Wilkens                        1838    Mar. 1, 1996                vs. Cleveland  74-68


Quotes from Around the League on Wolves Head Coach Rick Adelman:

"I've said it many times, I think he's the most underrated coach in the league... Even the guys that he's coached in the past that are on other teams now, they still do the things that he taught them offensively. He's very creative in that sense... He's one of those guys, he doesn't try to get the camera. He couldn't care less. He just wants to do his job and go home. And he does it well. - San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich

"Coach Adelman has been one of the best in dealing with this generational pull, and at the same time he’s become one of the most creative offensive minds that this game has ever known. He truly and is simply one of the best coaches in the history of the game, and I hated coaching against him because I knew he was going to pick us apart. He’d find a way to exploit what we were doing defensively. When you get to 1,000 wins, you’ve been around a long time and you’ve been on both sides of the equation. You’ve had a lot of wins, and you’ve had a lot of losses. So, I think that’s one thing about longevity in this league. There aren’t a lot of coaches that can hang in there for 20-25 years." - Miami Heat team president Pat Riley

"He sees the game within the game, and he sees where the league is going and he’s making adjustments before everybody else makes adjustments. The whole thing comes down to, as you get older, it’s the ability every year to deliver a team of excellence and improvement. The betterment, I think, he plays a system that makes his players improve in the league. The development of excellence year in and year out is a tremendous compliment. I’m happy that he’s going to get there, and I’m sure he’s going to get there this year. - Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl

"I think Rick is probably one of the most underappreciated coaches in all of basketball. I think he's a Hall of Fame coach, I really do. Everywhere he's gone, he's won. He just kind of does it under the radar, I don't know if he's easy to work with or not. I just know he's a really good coach." - Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers

"It couldn't happen to a better guy. He has a unique style of coaching. He's been able to get his players to play the game he wants without any problems with the players. The players seem to buy into his system, and that's helped him get to where he is today. A thousand wins is a great achievement. That means Rick has done it with different teams and different talent. That's the mark of an excellent coach. No matter where he's gone, he's been successful." - ESPN Radio Analyst Dr. Jack Ramsey

"I don't know how to say it, but I'm so happy to be with that coach. It seems like he knows everything. I feel comfortable with him. It's something that he has and you can't explain it. Once you are on his team, he's giving you advice, it's like a clinic every single day...He lets us play and that's pretty cool for me. I like when I'm out there and playing like it's a playground and it's the NBA. It's fun. He deserves it, especially this year. He stayed with the team and he has all my respect for that. We just want to make a run here and give him good news." - Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio

"I think one of the greatest parts about him is that it's not about him. It's never about him. It's definitely a big deal to him that he's coming up on a thousand wins, but you'd never know it. He always lets it be the players' team. It's all about us. It's all about us getting better, and it's never about the notoriety about him." - Timberwolves forward Kevin Love

"When he's talking, everybody is listening. Every time he's talking, you want to listen. Every advice he's giving you is very valuable. He's not the guy who is going to repeat (his message) five times trying to put it into your head. He said it once, and if you don't get it, that means you don't want to listen." - Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko

Contact information:

Mike Cristaldi, Minnesota Timberwolves, (612) 673-8405, cristaldi@timberwolves.com
Aaron Seehusen, Minnesota Timberwolves, (612) 673-1602, seehusen@timberwolves.com
Dan Bell, Minnesota Timberwolves, (612) 673-1603, bell@timberwolves.com