MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has been trying to keep a lid on his wife's health issues that caused him to be away from the team for three weeks, preferring to deal with the situation privately while keeping his eye on the team from afar.
Mary Kay didn't seem to understand why, so Rick Adelman relented on Tuesday, one day after he returned to the team from his hiatus. Rick Adelman said his wife is suffering from seizures and doctors still haven't figured out what has been causing them.
"It's just a process now," Adelman said after practice. "We don't know why. We have no clue why it happened. No one can figure it out. Now it's a matter of finding it out. How do you manage it? What do you do with it? How do you go forward? ... The good thing is she's home."
Rick Adelman missed 11 games to be by Mary Kay's side as she went through treatments and met with doctors. For a man who has spent more than two decades in the NBA diagnosing what is going wrong on the court and trying to figure out how to fix his teams' problems, it's been a frustrating process of searching for answers that have yet to come.
"They have no idea why," he said. "There is no rhyme or reason as to why she had it. Usually you bump your head sometime or something happened or you're sick. They have no reason. That's been the hardest part, is not knowing why."
Mary Kay's situation appears to have stabilized enough now so that the coach feels comfortable returning to work. He will coach on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, the first time he's been on the bench for a game since Jan. 5. The Timberwolves went 2-9 in Adelman's absence, with injuries continuing to cause problems for a team that has dealt with them all season long. The Wolves are 17-24, in last place in the Northwest Division and have lost four straight games as they prepare to open a challenging six-game homestand that also includes games against the Lakers, Spurs, Trail Blazers and Knicks.