COMMENTARY | The Minnesota Timberwolves are a franchise that has been littered with as several misses when it comes to the head-coaching position.
While they have enjoyed the success that was the Flip Saunders era, fans have also suffered through stints with Randy Wittman and Kurt Rambis.
For a historically bad franchise, it would seem like there would be a better chance of a snowball surviving in Florida than putting current head coach Rick Adelman on a hot seat. He's seen more success than the franchise has ever dreamed of having and knows more about basketball than half of the coaches that have worked the bench since the team was born in 1989.
That thought seems preposterous, but there is this: This is still the NBA.
The NBA has become notorious for coaches getting canned for falling short of the ultimate goal, whether it's realistic or not.
Over the past offseason, coaches like Lionel Hollins (who took the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals a season ago) and Vinny Del Negro (who guided the Los Angeles Clippers to a Pacific division title) were given pink slips, which means that Adelman could easily see the same fate.
Such a nightmarish scenario could play out in Minnesota if the Timberwolves remain healthy, but do not live up to expectations that haven't been seen since Kevin Garnett was running the court in Minneapolis.
Saunders is Adelman's new boss as the vice president of basketball operations and has assembled an actual basketball roster that the Timberwolves haven't had for decades. With superstars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, the pressure will be on Adelman to make sure that new pieces like Kevin Martin and Corey Brewer fit in his system.
If he's unable to do that, Saunders may have enough of watching the game from the luxury suite and install himself as the new coach in an effort to save the season.
A return to the playoffs has to happen this year for the Timberwolves. If it doesn't happen, there's a good chance that Love will have had enough of the Twin Cities and demand a trade in order to play for a contender.
There is pressure in Minnesota to win, and Adelman has to be able to withstand any heat and guide it back to the NBA playoffs.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Timberwolves follower who has seen a plenty of losing efforts during the franchise's history. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report and Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.
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