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Adelman to interview Saturday

  • Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
  • July 22, 2011 - 12:43 PM

Boom, there it is.

According to league sources, former Houston coach Rick Adelman will be the fourth candidate to interview with the Wolves when he comes to town tomorrow to see David Kahn and owner Glen Taylor.

Adelman all along has looked like the dream hire who'd solve a lot of the Wolves' problems, if he's interested.

Well, it looks like he is now, at least enough to listen.

Why is he the best they can do with this hire:

* He has a track record, and a .605 winning percentage (945-616) in 20 seasons with Portland, Golden State, Sacramento and Houston. His Portland teams made the NBA finals twice and his Sacramento teams pushed the Lakers to the brink out West.

* Believer in a passing offense similar in many ways to what Kurt Rambis believes, he has shown a willingness for his teams to play fast. Those Kings teams with Bibby, Webber, Vlade were fun -- and fast -- to watch.

* Most importantly perhaps is this:

He has known Kevin Love for years and his hiring would be a BIG step toward convincing Love to sign a long-term contract extension.

Love and Adelman's son played on the same Lake Oswego, Ore.,high school team and Adelman saw nearly every game Love played during his senior season when he was in between jobs with the Kings and Rockets.

* So why would he take the job?

Love, $$$ and the chance to coach again.

It has been widely assumed around the NBA that Adelman, at age 65, will only coach again for a veteran team. 

But now the Lakers have hired Mike Brown and guys like Rick Carlisle, Doc Rivers, Tom Thibodeau, Stan Van Gundy and Gregg Popovich, what such options are out there in the next few years?

This is a team with a lot of young talent -- emphasis on the young -- that needs to be molded just right.

If you're confident in your abilities and Glen Taylor is willing to pay $4-5 million a year...

Adelman took the Houston job four years ago for the chance to coach Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. This time, he's got Love and...Derrick Williams? Ricky Rubio? Michael Beasley or Anthony Randolph?

I hear Rockets GM Daryl Morey is a big Rubio believer, so maybe some of that enthusiasm got transferred down to the head coach.

Adelman's contract was not renewed by the Kings in 2006 or by the Rockets after last season.

He sat out that 2006-07 season while he watched Love and his boy play prep ball and then chose the Rockets' job because of Ming and McGrady.

"At the time, I was talking to two or three teams, and this was obviously the best situation," Adelman told the Associated Press late last season. "Those guys were here. They had won 50-plus games.

"I had three experiences (before Houston). At two, I had a lot of talent and at one, I didn't. I won at two places and didn't win at the other. I figured it out that talent is pretty important, especially if you have a unique blend of a big guy who's one of the best in the league and a perimeter player who's one of the best in the league."

He told reporters in the season's final week that he still has the passion to coach.

"I don't think I've lost the desire to coach;" he said. "I think I still can do it."

 

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