Richard Leonard "Rick" Adelman (born June 16, 1946 in Lynwood , California ) is a retired American basketball coach and player. His last coaching position was the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA from 2011 to 2014 . Before that, he was under contract for a long time with the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets . In total, he was head coach in the NBA for 23 seasons .
From 1965 to 1968 Adelman played for the Loyola Marymount Lions of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles . For the Lions he scored an average of 18.8 points. This puts it in sixth place in the university's all-time best list in this category.
After college, Adelman played in the NBA for a total of seven seasons . In the 1968 NBA draft, the San Diego Rockets (now: Houston Rockets) selected him in 79th position. After two seasons with the Rockets, Adelman came in 1970 as part of an expansion draft to the newly formed Portland Trail Blazers , for which he was active for three years.
The first year with the Trail Blazers turned out to be the most successful of his career, with an average of 12.6 points, 4.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds. In the 1973/74 season, Adelman played for the Chicago Bulls . The following season began Adelman in Chicago, after twelve completed games moved to New Orleans to the New Orleans Jazz (today: Utah Jazz ) and after 28 games for New Orleans on to the Kansas City / Omaha Kings (today: Sacramento Kings ), for which he was active again for 28 games. He ended his active career at the age of 27.
From 1977 Adelman worked as a trainer at Chemeketa Community College in Salem , the capital of Oregon , until he was hired by the Portland Trail Blazers as an assistant trainer in 1983. When head coach Jack Ramsay was fired in 1986 and Mike Shuler was hired as his successor, Adelman kept his post as assistant coach.
Three years later, in the 1988/89 season , Shuler was fired after a bad start to the season and Adelman was used as an interim coach. Despite a negative season record of 39:43, he led the team into the playoffs and got a full contract as head coach after the season. The next three seasons were very successful for Adelman and the Trail Blazers: in 1990 and 1992 they made it to the NBA final (loss to the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls, respectively ) and in 1991 they made it to the final of the Western Conference (loss to Los Angeles Lakers ). He was released in 1994 after two more seasons.
For two years, from 1995 to 1997, Adelman trained the Golden State Warriors , but could not repeat the successes from Portland there; In both seasons, the team missed the playoffs.
From 1998 to 2006 he was engaged with the Sacramento Kings . In all eight seasons, the team qualified for the playoffs, but were eliminated four times in the first round and three times in the conference semifinals. The greatest success was the move into the final of the Western Conference 2002, where Sacramento lost 3-4 to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Houston Rockets signed Adelman on May 22, 2007 to replace Jeff Van Gundy . At the end of January to mid-March 2008, the Rockets achieved the third-longest winning streak in NBA history with 22 wins in a row, surpassed only by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1971/72 season, which brought it to 33 wins in a row and the Miami Heat 27 wins. For the 2011/12 season Adelman received no new contract from the Rockets. Previously, the Rockets had missed the playoffs two years in a row.
In early September 2011, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced the engagement of Adelman as their new head coach. Adelman worked for the Timberwolves until April 2014. Following the 2013/14 season , Adelman announced that he would end his coaching career.
- Profile on NBA.com
- Player statistics on basketball-reference.com
- Coach statistics on basketball-reference.com
- Loyola Marymount Lions Individual Career Records , accessed October 29, 2010
- Celtics end Rockets' 22-game winning streak NBA.com, accessed November 10, 2010
- Wolves' Adelman retires after 23 seasons. April 21, 2014, accessed April 22, 2020 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Adelman, Richard Leonard (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||American basketball player and coach|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 16, 1946|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Lynwood , California|