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Adelman might resign following season

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A family health issue possibly could curtail one of the lengthiest coaching careers in NBA history.

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman, the league's eighth-winningest coach, told NBA.com he is considering resigning this summer due to his wife's health problems. Adelman missed 11 games in January to be with his wife, Mary Kay, as she sought treatment for seizures.

"There's a couple times I really struggled whether I should come back," he told the league's website. "I'm sure I'll be thinking more about it as we move on here (through the season)."

While adding that his wife's condition has improved, he said about possibly stepping down following the season, "I think it's something I'm just going to have to sit down with my wife and family and just talk about and see where we're going with this. The most important thing is where we're going with her health. Whatever happens will happen naturally."

The Timberwolves are 23-43 this season after Thursday's 101-98 loss to the Kings in Sacramento. They sit in 13th in the 15-team Western Conference, just 1 1/2 games above the bottom two teams, the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Hornets.

Adelman, 66, is in his second season in Minnesota. He previously coached the Portland Trail Blazers (1988-89 to 1993-94), Golden State Warriors (1995-96 to 1996-97), Kings (1998-99 to 2005-06) and Houston Rockets (2007-08 to 2010-11). The Trail Blazers twice reached the NBA Finals in his tenure.

Adelman has a 994-699 career regular-season record and a 79-78 playoff mark. The only coaches with more regular-season wins are Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Jerry Sloan, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, George Karl and Larry Brown.
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