Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Updated: May 16, 8:03 PM ET
Adelman reportedly interviews with Rockets
ESPN.com news services
HOUSTON -- Former NBA coach Rick Adelman has talked to the
Houston Rockets about the coaching job currently held by Jeff Van
Gundy, according to media reports Tuesday night.
KRIV-TV, citing anonymous league sources, reported Adelman flew
to Southampton, N.Y., for a meeting at the home of Rockets owner
The Houston Chronicle, citing a person with knowledge of the
team's decision-making, reported that general manager Daryl Morey
also was part of the meeting.
Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis declined comment on the reports
when contacted by The Associated Press on Tuesday night.
While awaiting to make a decision on his coaching future, Van Gundy will serve as a guest analyst for playoff games for ABC and ESPN. He will be teamed with play-by-play commentator Mike Breen and analyst Mark Jackson.
Van Gundy's first game will be Game 6 of the Phoenix-San Antonio series in San Antonio on Friday, ABC spokesman Mark Mandel said.
"I would rather still be coaching in the playoffs, but this
opportunity is the next best thing for me," Van Gundy said in a
statement released by ABC. "I get to watch and analyze the world's
best athletes in the playoffs."
Van Gundy has one year left on his contract, but it's not
guaranteed. There's a timeframe for him to decide whether to
return, and the Rockets can terminate him without owing him any
more money after June 30.
Van Gundy has been in Houston four years without winning a
playoff series, something the club hasn't done since 1997. The
Rockets went 52-30 this season despite long absences by stars
Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady, then lost to Utah in the first round.
Morey has told the Chronicle that Van Gundy "is open to
coaching again in certain scenarios," adding that each side has
goals "for things to be different."
Adelman has coached Portland, Golden State and Sacramento. He
was out of coaching this year after being fired by the Kings
following last season. He took the Trail Blazers to the NBA finals
The Associated Press contributed to this report.