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Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:47 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 6:26 pm
Rick Adelman is reportedly out as coach of the Houston Rockets. Posted by Ben Golliver. rick-adelman

In a move that doesn't come as a huge surprise, the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Rockets will not bring back head coach Rick Adelman for a fifth season.
Rick Adelman, who led the Rockets to their only playoff series win in 17 years and a franchise record 22-game winning streak, will not return as Rockets coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said Monday.
After consecutive seasons in which the Rockets failed to reach the playoffs, Adelman and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey failed to reach agreements on how they would continue to work together.
In four seasons with the Rockets, Adelman had a 193-135 record, the best winning percentage (.588) of any coach in franchise history. He moved to eighth in NBA history in career coaching wins with 945.'s Ken Berger reported that there was a good chance team and coach would part ways about two weeks ago.

At this stage of his career, Adelman is a "win now" coach, the kind of Xs and Os sideline master with the experience to take a quality team on an extended playoff ride, as he did with the Rockets in 2008-2009. 

The problem, of course, is that the 2011-2012 Rockets will not be headed deep into the postseason. With the uncertain future surrounding chronically injured center Yao Ming and with a roster devoid of top-end talent, next season is almost guaranteed to be another rebuilding year for Morey and company. Adelman -- who is 64 years old -- expressed confusion at the team's trade for Hasheem Thabeet at the deadline and it's understandable that undertaking a player development and rebuilding effort wouldn't be his top priority. For the Rockets, that becomes a philosophical difference -- or at least a difference in motivations -- that required a change.

Given his decades of experience and the fact that he's taken multiple franchises to the Western Conference Finals, there's no question that his services will command interest around the league. 

As for Adelman's replacement? Yahoo! Sports reports that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy are two potential candidates while Rockets assistants Elston Turner and Jack Sikma will also be given interviews. 

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:31 pm

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

We shouldn't be blaming Rick Adelman at all! He did a great job with what he had to work with. We should all be blaming the Rocket's organization for not trying to ship off Yao Ming and bring a center to Houston. Yao Ming is the reason the Rocket's are in the shape they're in. If the Rocket's were to land a legitimate center....they would be contenders again. So....if the Rocket's front office is reading this....go get a center and get us back in the hunt for a championship.

Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:27 pm

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

It would be nice to see a defensive minded coach get the Rockets job.. I think Mike Brown would be a nice fit.. Get rid of Yao he is taking up space along with the green...

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 2:14 pm

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

I'd like to see him back in Portland.<br />

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:19 am

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

Half the NBA has a chance at the playoffs. If you miss them two seasons in a row you don't deserve a job. He should've been fired one month into the season when they started out so awful. This team needs a defensive-minded coach. Rick, take Brad Miller with you.

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:56 am

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

I would like to see the pistons make a move here and bring him to the D

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 7:22 am

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

previous comment is @pearlsofwisdom

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 7:21 am

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

I'm not sure that string of words made a whole lot of sense. I also don't agree with you that they are the best team with the worst talent. Scola and Martin are legit players. One is a double double or close to it every game and the other could average 25 points a game. We just need someone taller than 6'8" playing C.

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:32 am

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

Yep. Adelman's job this year might have been his best with the Rocks. Looks like a few lottery years for sure with Houston. I could see him going to a team that gets knocked out earlier than expected in this year's playoffs.

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:19 pm

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

Adelman did a fantastic job in Houston..whit a team without talent(outside Ming...Martin is a good player..the other well below average players)..Under him the played as a team.. Scola or Brooks become respectable players...Hayes, Lowry seamed basketball players(talent to play in Europe)...incredible
Houston is the second worst team in the league ranked by talent and upside (detroit win the cup) ..
if someone knows about basketball..nobody can blame Rick not to reach playoffs..

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2011 8:59 pm

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

Now the Rockets don't have a top-20 player, solid role players, nor innovative coach. They fit in nicely with the Astros and Texan players that commentate on the teams in the playoffs. My guess is the Texans might make some noise with a few solid draft and free-agent pick-ups, but the Rockets and Astros are five year projects, at least. GAG, can't the leagues do something about the franchises that refuse to legitimately compete...and how did they all wind up in Houston!

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