Kevin Martin and Rick Adelman are reunited after two years apart. Together they hope to solve a position that has been a sore spot for the Timberwolves for many seasons. Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman's game is as pretty as it is potent when he has the proper pieces. His corner offense is all about ball movement and player movement. It requires reading reacting and unselfishness from all five players on the court. For high-IQ players it's intuitive and just plain fun. It's the main reason Kevin Martin is now in Minnesota. "He just lets you play his game" Martin said of his head coach Rick Adelman. "He's a special coach and he's very knowledgeable of the game and players just like to play for him." Martin who joined the Timberwolves this past summer saw Minnesota as a potential free agent destination since the day Adelman took the job in 2011. He'd started his career under Adelman almost anonymously with the Sacramento Kings in 2004 a 21-year-old. "[Adelman] is just a coach that makes his young players work" Martin said. "It wasn't always easy for me from the start. You gotta put in the time with him and build the respect. It'll pay off." An injury to Bonzi Wells gave Martin an opportunity as a sophomore and he ran with it. By the time he reunited with Adelman as a Houston Rocket in his sixth season Martin had established himself as one of the game's deadliest weapons on the wing. He could consistently score 24 points on 15 shots. "He hadn't really figured out how to play or how he was gonna play [at first]" Adelman said. "After about two or three years he figured out what he had to do. Always a very skilled player but it's like any young player he had to get the experience and figure it out." From the Kings to the Rockets to one year as a super sub in Oklahoma City you always know what you're getting with Martin. He scores his points on a steady diet of threes free throws and shots at the rim.
Kevin Martin right at home with Rick Adelman and the Timberwolves
SB Nation | Oct 12