Eleven times last season Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman missed games for 'personal reasons'. Monday night's loss to the Houston Rockets was the first game he's missed this season.
Last year, we found out that he was absent because his wife was having health complications (unexplained seizures).
As of right now, it's uncertain why exactly Adelman wasn't on the sidelines Monday night, but for me personally there was one significant thought that I just couldn't shake: perhaps Adelman had called it a career and opted for early retirement mid-season.
I don't know if Adelman would be the type of coach to do that, but it's something we've seen throughout the years. The latest indication was last season when Scott Skiles called it quits on the Milwaukee Bucks.
I don't know that 'calling it quits' is quite the right narrative. Adelman is 67 years and is already secured his place in the Hall of Fame. The lone issue is that he's still chasing that championship that has eluded him in 20+ years as an NBA head coach. He's had teams that have come close (Portland) and he's had teams talented enough (Houston & Sacramento), but just hasn't been able to reach the pinnacle of NBA basketball.
The problem is: this Minnesota Timberwolves team isn't likely to even make the playoffs never mind being considered a championship contender.
Most analysts agree that this is more than likely Adelman's final season as an NBA head coach. The Wolves & Adelman have an option in his contract in which they could mutually agree to part ways and forgo the final year of the contract he signed prior to the 2011-12 season.
Terry Porter was the acting head coach for Monday's loss to the Rockets. Just as he was the acting head coach in those 11 games last season (where they Wolves went 2-9). Porter said prior to the game that he fully expects Adelman to return for the final game before the All-Star break (Wednesday vs. Denver).
We'll have more on this prior to Wednesday's game, stay tuned.