Pekovic and Shved returned to practice Monday and hope to be available Wednesday when the Wolves start a six-game homestand. Adelman's presence in practice gave the team a boost.
"It's already a big deal," forward Andrei Kirilenko said. "You feel the positive emotions get back. You were feeling down, but now you feel everything getting back to normal."
Those who know Adelman well speak with fondness about his love for Mary Kay. The rare smiles seen on the curmudgeonly coach's face usually come before games she attends, when he looks for her in the stands and gives her a wave before pregame introductions.
"Obviously he's had a difficult time," said Porter, whose relationship with Adelman dates to the late 1980s when he was a point guard on Adelman's Portland teams. "For me, it was stepping in and doing the best I can to try to leave less stress on his plate, so to speak. It's part of my job too to be able to step up in there when it's called upon."
Getting back on the court appeared to be good therapy for Adelman. The basketball lifer returned to the routine he's had for decades, and his mood lightened when asked about the job Porter has done. He joked about a $2,000 fine Porter incurred for a recent technical foul.
"I'll take some of the other stuff," Adelman said. "But he's got to pay for his own technical."
Adelman has tried to keep his wife's situation private. Two of their sons also work for the team — R.J. in the front office, David on the coaching staff. Both remained at work while their father was away.
"They're looking better," Adelman said. "We're going to take it each day as it comes."
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