Rick Adelman won his 1,000th game as an NBA head coach this past Saturday. The only other coaches with more wins are Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkens, Jerry Sloan, Pat Riley, Phil Jackson, Larry Brown and George Karl. Don Nelson just stuck around that long because he was drunk for most of it. Phil Jackson’s never had a single player who wasn’t a Hall Of Famer. None of those guys had to coach human mistake Darko Milicic. Adelman is the best.
1,000 wins is incredible. I haven’t done anything in my life 1,000 times. Except eat. And sleep. And go to the bathroom. Correction: I haven’t done anything 1,000 times that a squirrel can’t do. (I let squirrels use my bathroom. It’s adorable.)
If you went back in time a year for every game that Rick Adelman won it’d be 1013 AD. According to Wikipedia, that year Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor, signed a peace treaty at Merseburg with Duke Bolesław I Chrobry of Poland who recognized him as overlord. I don’t know what any of that means, but they had overlords back then. That shit’s scary. I think you have to have a chainsaw attached to your stub and possibly the head of a horse to be an overlord. That’s a lot of wins!
Rick Adelman’s been around a long time in a league where coaches generally have the staying power of Kwame Brown. He’s earned his spot as one of the greatest coaches of all time. We’ve actually had a couple free agents sign with us ON PURPOSE, despite our poor geographic PR, just because he’s so renowned. It doesn’t matter that he looks like he’s going to start manufacturing meth in the basement of a New Mexico laundromat at any moment. The dude gets people to play hard every game. So much so, in fact, that we earned him his 1,000th win at a time when we should be purposely tanking to get a better draft pick. I’m sick of saying “Next year,” but hopefully with a fully returned squad (and a healthy Mrs. Adelman), we’ll be able to Rick win 1,015 by the end of 2015.