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Published September 15, 2011, 01:03 PM

Adelman’s presence with Wolves to put focus on others

If it feels like it’s been awhile since the Minnesota Timberwolves hired a veteran head coach, that’s because it has been.

By: Hayden Goethe, INFORUM

If it feels like it’s been awhile since the Minnesota Timberwolves hired a veteran head coach, that’s because it has been.

Rick Adelman has agreed in principle to become the team’s next head coach. He could be running the show in the regular season in November, or it could be later, depending on how long this NBA labor dispute drags on.

Rick Adelman

Rick Adelman will lead the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2011-12 season, whenever that starts. Associated Press photo

I like the hiring of Adelman, because at the very least he’s a known quantity within an organization that has few of them. He’s a solid coach who has produced plenty of 50- and 60-win seasons in his time in Portland, Sacramento and Houston and a forgettable stint with Golden State. Will he lead the Timberwolves to a championship? Probably not. But you know what you’re getting. He’s proven. He’s respected.

I think this puts David Kahn in the spotlight. Kudos to Kahn for the hire. But if the Wolves continue to tread water, my guess is people will more likely blame the team’s relatively inexperienced president of basketball operations rather than blame Adelman. Kahn is anything but proven.

And the players enter the spotlight as well. Kevin Love is considered one of the NBA’s most well-rounded post players. Michael Beasley averaged nearly 20 points per game last season. Wes Johnson looks like he has some potential. But where were the wins last season? With newcomers Derrick Williams (the team’s No. 2 overall pick) and Ricky Rubio arriving, a veteran coach can only help this youthful squad.

If the three legs of an organization are the head coach, the players and the front office, I feel like the Wolves have at least given themselves one sturdy leg. For that, they deserve credit.

About Hayden Goethe

Hayden Goethe is the Assistant Sports Editor at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He joined The Forum as a sports part-timer in 2002 and, since becoming a full-timer in 2004, has been a part of two Top 10 APSE daily sports staffs. Goethe was a fan of the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Bears growing up, since he and his Minnesota Vikings fan for a brother couldn't agree on anything as kids. During his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, talking about reuniting his co-ed softball team again, and hanging out with friends. Send him an e-mail at hgoethe@forumcomm.com

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