Family emergency will keep Rick Adelman away from Timberwolves 'in the near term'

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The Timberwolves will likely be without head coach Rick Adelman, "in the near term," as he continues to deal with a family situation. Can Minnesota get back on track with Terry Porter in his place?

The Minnesota Timberwolves don't expect head coach Rick Adelman to rejoin the team, "in the near term," as he deals with a personal situation, Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press writes. Club president David Kahn spoke with reporters on Friday about Adelman, who hasn't coached a game for the T-Wolves since Jan. 5.

"What Rick would like to do is make certain his family situation is stabilized, and when he returns, he feels it's with some permanence, as opposed to being in and out," Kahn said.

Adelman left the team after its Jan. 5 game against the Portland Trail Blazers to be with his wife, Mary Kay, who has been in the hospital with an undisclosed illness. Assistant coach Terry Porter has filled Adelman's role during his absence, leading Minnesota to a 1-5 record over the past couple weeks.

Porter says no decisions are being made without the input of Adelman, who still talks to his coaching staff daily. The T-Wolves face the Houston Rockets at Target Center on Saturday night.

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