Adams was Grizzlies assistant 2000-02

WASHINGTON -- Former NBA player Michael Adams was hired to
coach the WNBA's Washington Mystics on Tuesday.

Adams replaces Marianne Stanley, who resigned after going 26-40
in two seasons. She led the Mystics to the 2002 Eastern Conference
finals and the only winning record in team history.

Adams is the team's seventh coach in seven seasons.

"This situation just came available, and I figured why not try
and take the opportunity to make this franchise a winner," said
Adams, who played for Washington during his NBA career.

"I'm not concerned about whether I'm the seventh casualty or
anything like that."

He coached the International Basketball League's Richmond Rhythm
in 1999 before becoming an assistant coach for the NBA's Grizzlies
from 2000-02.

"There are a lot of people that have never coached women
before, but basketball's basketball in my book," Adams said. "I
think the only difference is that it's played below the rim, but
you've got to instill your game plan and philosophy to your players
-- whether you're male or female. It's the same game."