MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Rick Adelman's path to 1,000 career coaching victories didn't begin when he was thrust into the interim head coaching job with the Portland Trail Blazers in 1989.
It started on a snowy night in Denver some 30 years ago, a few hours after the Blazers lost to the Nuggets. Adelman was an assistant under Jack Ramsay then, and the championship-winning head coach was distraught after watching his team drop the game.
"I still remember Jack Ramsay, walking with him for like five miles in Denver when it was cold and snowing," Adelman said. "He just wanted to walk. I've never seen a guy so down. The next day he was at the airport like nothing had happened. He was slapping players on the back, talking to them real positive. I thought boy he was really so down last night."
Adelman made a habit out of accompanying Ramsay on his post-loss walks. There wasn't much conversation involved, which won't come as a surprise to those who know Adelman well.
"Sometimes after games I woul...