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Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:38 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

Though he wasn't a fit with the Rockets, most everyone agrees -- Rick Adelman is a very good coach. He "mutually parted way" with Houston yesterday and the word is, he's not done coaching. Currently there aren't any open coaching slots as of now -- excluding the Rockets one, which I'm thinking he's not a candidate for.

Except there is one that will be open for sure at season's end. The Los Angeles Lakers position.

Phil Jackson has made it very, very clear that he's retiring after this season. And while the leader in the clubhouse for the position is Brian Shaw (he's got Kobe's stamp of approval), there is some uncertainty as to who the Lakers might target. Are they looking for the next up and comer like Shaw, or could they try and track down a solid veteran coach... like Adelman?

Fran Blinebury of NBA.com is thinking the same thing and writes:
Make no mistake about it: as No. 8 on the list of all-time wins (945), Adelman can still cut it in today’s NBA. Even though general consensus has Brian Shaw succeeding Phil Jackson, the Lakers would be foolish not to give Adelman a look. Nobody in the profession would make the offense as easy and satisfying to Bryant than Adelman.

If Adelman wants to continue coaching, he’ll be back in the league winning games somewhere next season.

It's an interesting thought. I'm not really thinking it's all that likely because it definitely feels like this job is Shaw's. But Adelman is a proven winner and might be a good fit for the next few years as the Lakers wrap up the Kobe Era. Adelman isn't a long-term 15-year guy, but for the next four or five seasons, it could work.
Comments

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

Please, I don't see Adelman in LA or Boston next year. Royce Young having a real slow day today?



Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

Some might say that he's coached the greatest players of all time, perhaps these great players can say they were great because they were coached by the greatest of all time.
I think that's a stretch for sure. Michael Jordan was in the league for 5 years averaging 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists a game before Phil Jackson started coaching him.

Shaquille O'Neal was in the league for 6 years averaging 27 points and 12 rebounds a game before Phil Jackson started coaching him.

They were both well on their way to Hall of Fame careers before Phil Jackson coached either.

I'm not saying Phil isn't a great coach, because obviously he is. But don't give him more credit than he deserves. His great players he's coached would have been great with or without him.



Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

Greatest Coach in Sports History ??????? I can think of one right off the top of my head , Mr Wooden. When you make such a ludacrus statement please think about it first. It was not just the coach that won the championships, but the system (triangle offense) which Phil did not come up with. I would have loved to see Jackson take on a team like Oklahoma City not there yet but somewhat talented and see what he could do with them, but we all know that he would not go anywhere unless he could win a championship. Good coach -yes- best ever in Sports History I doubt it.




Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 5:04 pm
 

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

If you want to win a title, Adelman is NOT your coach.  He's the anti-Phil Jackson.  Phil has taken over teams in the past that have talent, but were getting zero results in the playoffs.  In comes Phil, and it's instant Championships.

Adelman has taken on teams with immense talent too.  The Blazers of the early 90's where he allowed a team full of talent to become a Clyde Drexler vs Michael Jordan matchup in the finals.  That team was far more talented from top to bottom and got spanked, ditto for the series against the Pistons where the Blazers split in Detroit, and then did the unthinkable of losing 3 straight at home to lose the finals.  Portland had a reputation back then of being a talented but "dumb" team, and that is a refelection of the fact Adelman allowed that team to put up playground like shots and run the show.  Fast Forward to Sacramento:  Webber/Divac/Peja/Bibby/Christie all in their prime, and by far the most talented from top to bottom team in the league, and 3 straight a**kickings by the Lakers and no trip to the finals.

He is a FAILURE if you want a championship team.  He's a good coach if you want a good regular season team, and that is unarguable. 



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

I'm not sure, wasn't Adelman fired for underachieving. I mean, think about it... How can Adelman not have won titles with the Luis Scola led Rockets? A player who's averaged over 14 points per game and an earth shattering 8 'bounds per game for his career.
As far as fitting with the Lakers, that's going to be a tall order for anyone replacing the single greatest coach in the history of sports. Some might say that he's coached the greatest players of all time, perhaps these great players can say they were great because they were coached by the greatest of all time. I wonder how and Adelman will work with a Kobe, could be great for a Gasol though. I say if you can get Rick over Shaw, yea, you do that.



Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Rick Adelman a fit with the Lakers?

Bigs that can pass like Odom and Gasol would fit in well in Adelmans Offense, but I don't see it, they'll probably go with Shaw. I think it's more likely he ends up in Boston if Rivers does decide to retire.


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