The Timberwolves expect to get center Nikola Pekovic and guard Alexey Shved back from injuries as well, giving them a glimmer of hope that they can turn things around and get back into the Western Conference playoff picture.
Their biggest reason for renewed confidence may be Adelman's return. The coach is widely considered one of the best in the league and helped revive a long-suffering franchise when he came aboard last season.
"He's our coach. He's the main guy and I know that there's a lot more confidence in the guys and with everything with him on the bench," Pekovic said.
The Wolves re-signed Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale on Tuesday, the second 10-day contract for both players. Johnson especially has been a pleasant surprise, giving the team some athleticism and energy in the paint. At the end of their contracts, both players will either have to be signed for the remainder of the season or let go.
Neither player was around before Adelman left the team on Jan. 7, and point guard Ricky Rubio was still coming off the bench while the Wolves eased him back into action coming off his torn left ACL. So Adelman will have some adjusting to do as he prepares to take over again.
"I've got to figure out how I want to play, who I want to play out on the court, figure out what the matchups are and talk to the coaches," he said. "I don't think it'll take too long. I really don't. "
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