Timberwolves bring in Adelman
The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing in Rick Adelman to try and turn around one of the NBA's most downtrodden franchises. The team and Adelman, 65, have agreed on terms and a contract is expected to be signed soon. Adelman will replace Kurt Rambis, who lasted just two seasons.
"Houston, we have a coach," All-Star forward Kevin Love tweeted earlier yesterday, kicking off the welcoming festivities for an accomplished coach who will be expected to bring credibility and intensity back to a team that has severely lacked both in recent seasons.
Adelman is 945-616 in 20 seasons as a head coach of the Trail Blazers, Kings, Warriors and Rockets. He parted ways with the Rockets in April. The Timberwolves have won just 32 games over president of basketball operations David Kahn's first two seasons, including an NBA-worst 17-65 record last season. The Timberwolves have been struggling to draw fans since they traded Kevin Garnett to Boston in 2007. -- AP
Key meeting set for today
With training camps scheduled to begin in three weeks, the NBA and NBPA are scheduled to meet again Tuesday in Manhattan, with the league expected to present a new proposal to the players. The sides have met in small group settings over the last two weeks and there was a sense that some positive momentum had been made. The sides remain mostly at odds over the salary-cap system, revenue sharing and the divide of the league's revenue, though concepts to bridge those gaps recently have been discussed. Tuesday's meeting is expected to return to larger groups, which could test the optimistic tone from previous meetings. The union held a meeting Monday in Manhattan to prepare. There is a prevailing belief that if the meeting does not go well, the start of the preseason will be in jeopardy. Most training camps are expected to open Oct. 3. The regular season is scheduled to open Nov. 1, which means the sides still have at least a month before games are compromised.
Jordan fined by NBA
Michael Jordan has been fined by the NBA for making comments about the league's ongoing collective bargaining. The NBA prohibits owners from speaking publicly about the labor situation. NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed the penalty for the Charlotte Bobcats owner, but said the league doesn't comment on the total. ESPN.com reported the fine was $100,000. In an interview last month with Australia's Herald Sun, Jordan said the NBA's current model was "broken" and called for revenue sharing for small-market teams such as his Bobcats and the Milwaukee Bucks.
London Games may lack security
British police would not be able to cope with disturbances on the scale of August's riots if they occur during next year's London Olympics, the officer coordinating security for the Games said. Officers are holding off decisions on how to cope with security problems during the 2012 Games until the conclusions of a report on public order policing becomes available. Gangs of youth rampaged through London and other major British cities in early August, burning and looting shops and buildings in the country's worst unrest since race riots in the 1980s. The disorder came less than two weeks after London celebrated the one-year countdown to the opening of the games on July 27, 2012, with great fanfare. -- AP