Rick Adelman and Don Nelson have reportedly emerged as the favorites to be named the Minnesota Timberwolves' next head coach. Of the two, Adelman appears to be the top choice, but his $5 million a year, five-year contract demand is causing the Timberwolves to think a little harder about the decision.
Adelman most recently coached the Houston Rockets during the past four seasons. After winning 108 games during his first two years, he won just 85 in the final two and did not have his contract renewed. He has coached 20 NBA seasons for four different teams and won more than 900 games.
While Nelson has an even more impressive resume, that his name continues to emerge here is a bit curious. Nelson's last coaching stint with the Golden State Warriors ended acrimoniously with charges that he was undermining the organization and was sticking around only long enough to break Lenny Wilkens' all-time wins record. His 1,335 career wins are obviously impressive, but he has left each of his past two jobs on less-than amicable terms.