MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Adelman and his coaching staff spent three days meeting in Oregon last week. The Timberwolves' training camp begins in two weeks, and the veteran NBA head coach will be there to prepare his revamped team for a 2013-14 playoff run.
Throughout a busy offseason that saw Flip Saunders replace David Kahn as the organization's front-office czar and a flurry of free-agency maneuvering, it was assumed Adelman is coaching Minnesota this season. Any questions about his wife's health were met with a short report that didn't lend toward anything negative or regressive.
Yet never were the words "Rick Adelman will be our coach in 2013-14" uttered.
According to Saunders, they don't have to be.
"He's given every indication -- when I talk to him, we really don't bring it up about him not coming back," Saunders said recently. "All we talk about is what we are doing moving forward. As I said from the day I took this job and as I sit here today, I am very confident that ...