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NBA Analysis: Impact of Adelman Loss on Rockets, Potential Candidates

Per Brian Windhorst, ESPN:

Rick Adelman will not be given another contract and is out as coach of the Houston Rockets, a league source confirmed to

KRIV-TV first reported the firing.

The source said that Adelman, whose contract is up in June, expressed a desire to remain with the team and still plans to extend his coaching career. However, in recent months Adelman’s relationship with general manager Daryl Morey had become strained. The two had several meetings since the end of the season last week.

This does not make any sense to me and seems like a “he didn’t break up with me, I broke up with him” scenario.  Even though sources say Adelman wanted to return as Head Coach of the Houston Rockets I find it hard to believe after this past season.  Slick Rick was a great fit for Houston, and even reached a huge milestone this past season moving into eighth place on the all-time wins list.  The Rockets made A TON of moves during Adelman’s time in Houston yet he still was able to put out a competitive product amidst all the movement in the front office.  Thanks for everything you have done coach, you will surely be missed by this Rockets fan.

Jonathan Feigan just came out with his top candidates to replace Adelman, here they are:


Stan Van Gundy – If he leaves Orlando, he and Rick Adelman will be on the top of many lists. Would be ideal fit.


Mike Brown – Former Coach of Year with Cavaliers, brings a defensive emphasis.

Mike Woodson – Former Hawks coach and former Rockets player known for strong relationship with players.

Jeff Van Gundy – Unlikely that they would go back to JVG, but he’s still here, rested and ready.


Elston Turner – Long-time Adelman assistant has been finalist for other jobs, would ease transition.

Jack Sikma – Another Rockets assistant and former star center also considered ready to move over to head coach position.

Dwayne Casey—Briefly the Timberwolves coach, a top assistant with Mavericks and finalist for several jobs.

Mike Budenholzer – Longtime Spurs assistant, would be strong candidate in Tom Thibodeau mold.

Mike Malone – Former Cavaliers assistant in first year in New Orleans, a top name around NBA.

Lawrence Frank – Celtics assistant and former Nets head coach in the Jeff Van Gundy mold.

Mario Elie – Former Rockets champion has paid dues with San Antonio, Golden State and Sacramento.


Larry Brown – Well-traveled Hall of Famer, considered Rockets when Van Gundy was hired.

Mike Dunleavy – Former Rockets guard, was a finalist for Rockets job before went to Clippers.


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