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Rick Adelman Adjusting to Retirement

Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune caught up with the eighth-winningest coach in NBA history.

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Rick Adelman was connected with the NBA for over five decades. After retiring as a player in 1975, he coached in the league nearly continuously from 1983 to 2015. Adelman finally retired from his last coaching job with the Minnesota Timberwolves after the 2014-15 season.

For many NBA lifers, the transition into retirement can be difficult. But Adelman has adapted with ease, reveling in the chance to connect with his children and grandchildren. The Portland Tribune’s Kerry Eggers was able to catch up with Adelman and discuss retirement and family life, and had this to say:

Adelman, who coached the Blazers to the NBA Finals in 1990 and '92, and wife Mary Kay have six children — four who live in Portland — and 10 grandchildren, with another on the way.

Two of the grandkids are prodigies. Kathy's oldest daughter, Mary Kay, is a freshman at Sunset. Laura's oldest daughter, Anna, is a freshman at St. Mary's Academy. Both played varsity basketball this past season. Their grandpa was at nearly every game.

"It's really fun to watch them," says Adelman, 70, who retired following the 2014-15 season with Minnesota after 23 years as an NBA head coach. "And we have other younger grandkids playing CYO games. Weekends are busy."

Eggers discussed several other topics with Adelman, including the 2015-16 season. To read the full article, follow the link above.