NBA Rumor: RJ Adelman Death

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Nearly seven months after his death, that tight circle who got to see R.J.’s wry grin, got to hear him sneak a zinger out of the side of his mouth, got to sit and talk ball or politics or music are still reeling from the loss of the person they would always turn to in times of trial, the quiet one who always knew just what to say or just what to write to boost their spirits. “In a weird way I don’t think I have processed it,” said David Adelman, R.J.’s younger brother and an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets. “For all of us in our family, it’s just a hole. It’s a feel-it-everyday kind of thing. A part of you that you were a part of. That’s what I felt right away and that’s what I feel now. Just a loss of yourself a little bit.”

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R.J. had dealt with some alcohol issues, but David Adelman says police told the family there was no alcohol in his system at the time of the accident. The woman was not charged in what appears to be a freak accident. “I think we’re all still broken up,” Kathy said. “Still, at times, I’m about to call him. I’ll be doing something and say, ‘I should call R.J.’ And then it will hit me that I can’t call him. It’s an ongoing process. I don’t think we’ve figured it out.” “I loved R.J. I love their family,” Spoelstra said. “Your mind can’t accept when a good man goes too early.”
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August 11, 2022 | 7:20 pm EDT Update
Appearing on The Scoop podcast with Darren Wolfson of SKOR North and 5 Eyewitness News, Glen Taylor said new Wolves president of basketball operations Tim Connelly had his eye on multiple impact trade targets, but Gobert was his “number one option.” The input of head coach Chris Finch, who expressed confidence in his ability to use Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns, was also a key factor in Minnesota’s decision to pull the trigger on the blockbuster deal. “What I did when Tim and Chris talked to me about this trade is to ask (Finch) is there a system that he knows how to utilize these players,” Taylor said. “And he was very confident that he did understand how to utilize their skill sets, being two big guys. We talked about a lot, so he convinced me that this is something that is going to take us to a winning situation, and gave us the go-ahead to make the trade.”
Asked if he’d like to see D’Angelo Russell sign an extension before the season begins, Taylor said it might benefit both sides to hold off and see how the 2022/23 season goes. “(Finch) believes that with the new lineup, and with Russell in that lineup, that he’ll have a much better year just because of the way we’re going to play,” Taylor said. “He says he thinks there’s a big upside for Russell with this group of (players). That’s to his advantage and to our advantage if it works out.”
The plan remains for Taylor to hand over control of the franchise to incoming owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez in a little over a year. The Wolves’ longtime owner said he’s not having any regrets about giving up control of the team as it becomes a more legitimate contender. “No, I don’t have any second thoughts. I think it’s the right thing to do,” Taylor said. “We’ve left some options open that I’ll continue to be involved if I want to be involved, and that suits me just fine.”
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The Cleveland Cavaliers will be gathering in Los Angeles for voluntary, player-led pre-training camp workouts next week, sources tell All-Star point guard Darius Garland and Rookie of the Year runner-up Evan Mobley — two guys who spend time on the West Coast during the offseason — are helping organize the workouts.