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Rick Adelman

Rick Adelman
Personal information
Born (1946-06-16) June 16, 1946 (age 74)
Lynwood, California
Nationality American
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Career information
High school St. Pius X (Downey, California)
College Loyola Marymount (1965–1968)
NBA draft 1968 / Round: 7 / Pick: 79th overall
Selected by the San Diego Rockets
Pro career 1968–1975
Position Guard
Number 12, 21, 5
Coaching career 1977–2014
Career history
As player:
19681970 San Diego Rockets
19701973 Portland Trail Blazers
19731974 Chicago Bulls
1974–1975 New Orleans Jazz
1975 Kansas City-Omaha Kings
As coach:
1977–1983 Chemeketa CC
19831989 Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
19891994 Portland Trail Blazers
19951997 Golden State Warriors
19992006 Sacramento Kings
20072011 Houston Rockets
20112014 Minnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points 3,579 (7.7 pg)
Rebounds 1,129 (2.4 rpg)
Assists 1,606 (3.5 apg)
Stats at

Richard Leonard "Rick" Adelman (born June 16, 1946) is a retired American professional basketball player and head coach. He coached 23 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He served as head coach of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves.[1]

Early life and playing career

Adelman was born in Lynwood, California, the son of Gladys (née Olsen) and Leonard Joseph "L.J." Adelman, who were from North Dakota and worked as teachers and farmers.[2] Adelman began his basketball career as a collegiate star at Loyola University of Los Angeles, now known as Loyola Marymount University.[3] In the 1968 NBA Draft, he was selected by the San Diego Rockets (now the Houston Rockets) in the 7th round.[4] He played two seasons in San Diego before being taken by the expansion Trail Blazers in the 1970 expansion draft; he then played three seasons in Portland. He also played for the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans (now Utah) Jazz, and the Kansas City/Omaha (now Sacramento) Kings. He ended his playing career in 1975.

Coaching career

Chemeketa Community College

From 1977 through to 1983, Adelman coached at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon.

Portland Trail Blazers

He was then was hired by the Portland Trail Blazers (then coached by Jack Ramsay) as an assistant. When Ramsay was fired and replaced with Mike Schuler in 1986, Adelman was retained; when Schuler was in turn fired during the 1988-89 season, Adelman was promoted to interim coach. After leading the team into the playoffs that year (despite a 39–43 record), Adelman was given the coaching position on a full-time basis in the 1989 off-season.

The next three years were quite successful for Adelman and the Trail Blazers; the team went to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992(losing to the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls respectively) and went to the Western Conference finals in 1991 (losing to the Los Angeles Lakers). Adelman spent two more years with the team, but was dismissed after the 1993–1994 season.

Golden State Warriors

In 1995, Adelman was hired as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors. He was unable to duplicate his success in Portland, and was fired after only two years with the team.

Sacramento Kings

After a year's absence from the sidelines, Adelman was hired by the Sacramento Kings in 1998. Under Adelman's guidance, the Kings were one of the most successful Western Conference teams, qualifying for the playoffs during every year of his Sacramento career.

During the Kings' 2000 playoff run, they met Phil Jackson's Los Angeles Lakers. Adelman questioned Jackson's motivational techniques when it was learned that Jackson compared Adelman to Adolf Hitler.[5]

In 2002, the Kings made a serious run for the NBA Finals. After clinching the first seed in the competitive Western Conference, the Kings blazed through the opening two rounds but lost to the Lakers in a controversial series with noticeably lopsided officiating in favor of the Lakers.[6]

In 2006, Adelman (in the final year of his contract) led the Kings to the playoffs. Despite the team struggling early in the regular season, the Kings rebounded and qualified for the playoffs as the #8 seed. Although competitive, they were defeated 4–2 by the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. Adelman's contract with the Kings expired at the end of the 2005–2006 season. On May 9, it was reported by the Sacramento Bee that his contract would not be renewed. The Kings have yet to reach the playoffs since.

Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets brought in Rick Adelman as their new head coach, five days after the dismissal of Jeff Van Gundy, on May 18, 2007. Van Gundy had taken the Rockets to three playoff appearances in four years with no series wins. In his first season as head coach, Adelman guided the Rockets to a 22-game winning streak from January through March 2008, the third-longest winning streak in NBA history.

In the 2009 season, the Rockets finished 5th in the West with a 53–29 record. They entered the playoffs without their star shooting guard, Tracy McGrady, due to an injury. Despite this loss, the Rockets defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in six games to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time since 1997. However, they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, but surprised many people and proved their resilience by taking the series to seven games even though their star center, Yao Ming, had a season-ending injury in Game 3 of that series.

Adelman won his 800th career game, 13th among coaches in NBA history, on March 24, 2008 against his old team the Sacramento Kings.[7]

On April 18, 2011, Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston Rockets would not give Adelman a new contract, and would part ways after 4 seasons.[8]

Minnesota Timberwolves

On September 13, 2011, the Minnesota Timberwolves confirmed the hiring of Rick Adelman as their new coach.[9]

On April 6, 2013, Adelman won his 1000th career game with a victory over the Detroit Pistons, becoming just the 8th coach in NBA history ever to do so. Adelman's victory came in front of a home crowd of 15,311, including his wife, Mary Kay, whom he promptly joined after the game to celebrate the occasion. The win came 24 years, 1 month, and 11 days after his first win with the Trail Blazers (February 26, 1989).[10]

On April 21, 2014, Adelman announced his retirement from coaching in the NBA. It was also announced that he would stay with the Timberwolves as a consultant.[1]

Coaching record

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
POR 1988–89 35 14 21 .400 5th in Pacific 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round
POR 1989–90 82 59 23 .720 2nd in Pacific 21 12 9 .571 Lost in NBA Finals
POR 1990–91 82 63 19 .768 1st in Pacific 16 9 7 .563 Lost in Conf. Finals
POR 1991–92 82 57 25 .695 1st in Pacific 21 13 8 .619 Lost in NBA Finals
POR 1992–93 82 51 31 .622 3rd in Pacific 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
POR 1993–94 82 47 35 .573 4th in Pacific 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
GSW 1995–96 82 36 46 .439 6th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
GSW 1996–97 82 30 52 .366 7th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
SAC 1998–99 50 27 23 .540 3rd in Pacific 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
SAC 1999–00 82 44 38 .537 5th in Pacific 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
SAC 2000–01 82 55 27 .671 2nd in Pacific 8 3 5 .375 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
SAC 2001–02 82 61 21 .744 1st in Pacific 16 10 6 .625 Lost in Conf. Finals
SAC 2002–03 82 59 23 .720 1st in Pacific 12 7 5 .583 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
SAC 2003–04 82 55 27 .671 2nd in Pacific 12 7 5 .583 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
SAC 2004–05 82 50 32 .610 2nd in Pacific 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First Round
SAC 2005–06 82 44 38 .537 4th in Pacific 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
HOU 2007–08 82 55 27 .671 3rd in Southwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
HOU 2008–09 82 53 29 .654 2nd in Southwest 13 7 6 .538 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
HOU 2009–10 82 42 40 .512 3rd in Southwest Missed Playoffs
HOU 2010–11 82 43 39 .524 5th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
MIN 2011–12 66 26 40 .394 5th in Northwest Missed Playoffs
MIN 2012–13 82 31 51 .378 5th in Northwest Missed Playoffs
MIN 2013–14 82 40 42 .488 3rd in Northwest Missed Playoffs
Career 1890 1042 748 .582 157 79 78 .503


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