Rick Adelman reached the 1,000 career victory mark Saturday night when the Wolves defeated Detroit at Target Center. With the historic victory, he became only the eighth coach in the history of the NBA to reach that plateau.
"It's special people. Some of the names up there it's incredible. I never ever expected to be with that group. But like I said before I have had some really special situations and we are able to stay a couple of places for a long time, which doesn't happen in this league very often," said Adelman. "To get that many wins there are good players involved and good coaches staffs involved and good organizations involved. It was special to get this."
It has been a season filled with injuries on the court for Adelman's team, but it has also been an emotional one personally as well. Adelman missed several games in the middle of the season as he joined his wife Kay as the two tried to work through her health issues. As he took in his 1,000th win, Kay joined him on the court as the two were showered with applause for Rick's accomplishment, but more importantly to show support for the two in the battle that they have both endured.
"She had to be part of it. I told her I was going to bring her down. She wasn't very happy about that but she has been there all the years. When you go through a job like this in situations and you move and raise six kids and everything else; if it wasn't for her I couldn't have done it," said Adelman. "I'm really glad we did it here. It relieves a little bit of stress. Like I said to you before the game, I think it was in some ways when I look back it was good for this group. We have had such a tough time that you are just trying to scrap wins out. When you have something like this that you are actually working for there is expectations; there is a little bit more pressure and I think that is good because this group we have to learn what that is all about. To be a good team that's where the expectations are. It's not just to win a game it's to keep going. I'm really happy with the way they have played the last week."
Adelman joined Don Nelson (1,335), Lenny Wilkins (1,332), Jerry Sloan (1,221), Pat Riley (1,210), Phil Jackson (1,155), Larry Brown (1,098) and George Karl (1,088) and became the fifth fastest coach to 1,000 wins.