MINNEAPOLIS Nearing the end of a trying season, his 22nd in the NBA, Rick Adelman never thought his journey to 1,000 wins would unfold quite this way.
Adelman, who started 2012-13 with 971 career victories as an NBA head coach, finally had his Minnesota Timberwolves set up the way he wanted. Holdovers Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic were joined by Andrei Kirilenko, Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger and rookie Alexey Shved. Designs were on making the postseason in Minnesota for the first time since 2004 and ending the longest current playoff drought in the NBA.
Injuries then hit his team quickly and persistently, but Adelman finally got to 1,000 Saturday night -- in the 76th game of the year -- with a 107-101 victory against the Detroit Pistons.
The milestone is only slightly more memorable than the obstacles along the way. Love, the All-Star forward, has been limited to 18 games because of hand injury. Roy lasted only five games with his troublesome knees. Budinger, the out...