Monday , May , 21 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Rockets reach deal with Adelman

Houston, TX (Sports Network) – The Houston Rockets have reportedly agreed to
terms on a contract for Rick Adelman to become the next head coach of the

The Houston Chronicle reports Adelman will fly to Houston on Tuesday and will
be introduced as the head coach on Wednesday.

The 60-year-old Adelman, who coached the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA
Finals twice, has a career record of 752-481 over 16 seasons. His last head
coaching stint was with Sacramento, a team he guided for eight seasons, and
the Kings made the playoff in all those years.

Adelman would replace Jeff Van Gundy, who was fired last Friday. Van Gundy
joined the Rockets in 2003 and in four seasons posted a 182-146 record.
Houston also made the playoffs three times (2004, 2005, 2007), while posting a
7-12 mark in the postseason.

The Rockets lost to the Utah Jazz in seven games in the conference
quarterfinal round of the playoffs this season.

Before joining Sacramento, Adelman made his coaching mark in Portland, where
he guided the Trail Blazers to the 1990 and 1992 NBA Finals during his six
seasons at the helm. He also coached Golden State from 1995-1997 before taking
one season off from coaching.