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Rick Adelman let go as coach in Houston

Apr 18, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

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In a move that is not shocking — even though the thought of an NBA season without him on the sidelines is — Rick Adelman has been let go by the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports.

This was expected. Adelman’s deal was up and not expected to be renewed. The Rockets missed the playoffs two seasons in a row and there have been rumors that ownership wanted to make a change. Adelman and Rockets management were not on the same page in terms of trades and other player moves.

Of course, Adelman was saddled with a roster of quality role players designed to go around Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady, before injuries robbed those two of their primes. What he was able to do with the remaining players was admirable — they won 43 games this season, finishing over .500 — but it was not enough for management.

As Jonathan Feigen reported in the Houston Chronicle, Adelman was not expected to be broken up about this.

Adelman, 64, had expressed ambivalence about remaining in coaching, but said last week that he has not lost his desire to coach. He had been openly frustrated with decision-making during last season that led to a trio of trades over his objections that seemed designed to aid future seasons.

“I’ve talked this over with my wife and we have a pretty good idea what we would do either way,” Adelman said last week. “It’s OK either way. There are definite things I want to know if I were to have the opportunity to come back.”

Adelman has said he would coach again in the right situation.

The choice of who is next for Houston now falls to GM Daryl Morey in maybe the biggest move of his young but rock-star like career (at least among the stat-heads).

Some names out on the coaching carousel: Former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, former Hawks coach Mike Woodson, Dallas assistant coach and former Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey, Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank and Spurs lead assistant Mike Budenholzer. Morey may choose to go another direction, but it is unlikely he would reach into the college ranks.

  1. thekingdave - Apr 18, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Bring back JVG

    • sumosloth - Apr 18, 2011 at 6:59 PM

      At first I was thinking “dear god NOOOO, not JVG!” But, after thinking about it if that means he will no longer be on T.V. broadcasts then yeah I’m all for it!!!!

      • davidly - Apr 19, 2011 at 1:11 AM

        Amen. I can’t figure out how he has that job. It must suck to be Mark Jackson when it’s time to go to work.

  2. davidly - Apr 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    Rudy T!

  3. fanoredsox - Apr 18, 2011 at 8:12 PM

    Good coach! He had some tough breaks or at least his players did. When he signed on, his roster looked great on paper but that injury bug got him. I think that he actually did more with less overall talent (Yao and McGrady not included due to injuries) then most coaches would have. I wonder how he would fit as the coach of the Magic? Gundy is overrated in Orlando!

  4. da1aries - Apr 18, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    they need 2 be smart bring home 2 time champ mario elie let dis be his first coaching job u can even go with clyde and how bout 1 of da best assitant coaches in da league mo cheeks we need a winner down here no mo quiters van gundy fans r how bout pat ewing a big man coach dat will guarantee a bigman in da middle he will get 1 fo sho

  5. bucketsniper - Apr 18, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    I don’t understand what upper mgmt. is so unhappy with. He inherited a team with two hall of famers and won. Of the two hall of famers, one broke (Yao) physically and the other broke (McGrady) physically & mentally, and Rick won with what he had. They put together a team with a good young neucleas (sic) with the potential to add 1 or 2 pieces and come up with a championship contender. Truthfully I believe that upper mgmt. just $h_t in their nest, or theyhave no faith in the talent they have and are going to make Rick the scape goat for their up and coming season. This next season, good or bad, cannot be blamed on Rick Addleman, but falls squarely on the shoulders of upper mgmt!!!!!!!!

  6. whatagreatfootballmind - Apr 19, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    I’d take him over Kurt Rambis. We have some talent to work with here…maybe.

    Kevin Love is an all-star on the worst team in the NBA
    Michael Beasley is getting better
    Wes Johnson has a future
    Ricky Rubio will be here
    Top 3 Draft Pick
    2 future #1 picks and Johnny Flynn to swing a trade since we can’t get a free agent here, even though we have all the cap room in the world.

  7. kulcousy - Apr 19, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    I watched Adelman beat our Grizzlies every year with a team of second stringers. They got after you, knew what they were about. I can’t believe that he’ll be without a job for very long. If Hollins weren’t so successful, I’d want him here.

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