Although the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat are preparing to do battle in the 2011 NBA Finals starting on Tuesday, for the rest of the Association it is time to start preparing for next season. Earlier this week two vacant head coaching positions were filled as the Los Angeles Lakers brought Mike Brown on board to replace the retiring Phil Jackson and Kevin McHale was hired by the Houston Rockets to be their next bench boss. There are still slots waiting to be filled including the General Manager’s position with the Portland Trail Blazers. The team terminated former G.M. Rich Cho at the beginning of the week after holding the job for less than a year as the club felt he was not a good fit for the organization.
The “Portland Tribune” has reported that a man with ties to the Blazers would like to throw his hat in the ring to become Portland’s new General Manager. Rick Adelman who was dismissed by the Houston Rockets at the end of the regular season told the paper that he would have great interest in exploring the possibility of taking over for Cho. Adelman said “It’s something I haven’t done, but I think I know the league pretty well. I’ve worked for a number of GMs. I’ve always wanted to do something like that, but I’ve had pretty good success coaching. I would be very interested in trying something different, but I don’t know what (Portland Team Owner) Paul (Allen) is looking for. It’s kind of pie-in-the-sky at this point.”
Adelman was the Blazers head coach from 1989-1993 and took the team twice to the NBA Finals, although they lost both series. The Detroit Piston beat them in the 1990 NBA Finals while the team fell to the Chicago Bulls in 1992. Adelman has also been the head coach for the Golden State Warriors and the Sacramento Kings.
The veteran coach has been mentioned as a possible candidate to become the next head coach of the Indiana Pacers but he told the paper he is not sure if he would have any desire for that position. Adelman said “I’m not sure if I’d be interested. I have a feeling Larry is going to take his time. If someone calls, I’ll look at the situation, but I don’t know if I want to do the coaching thing again.”