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Put me in coach

Fran Blinebury

  0323-rick-adelman-608.jpg Rick Adelman hasn't been offered a contract extension despite Houston's playoff-contending season. Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images Always-solid Adelman lacks vote of confidence from Rockets

Fran Blinebury takes a deep look at Rick Adelman's situation as coach of the Houston Rockets. The Rockets have been slow to extend Adelman's contract leaving the assumption he won't be brought back next season. So that puts Adelman's name in play for any open NBA jobs next year, including coaching the Indiana Pacers. 

Adelman sounds frustrated with the situation considering how the Rockets have responded through plenty of roster changes and injuries.

 

With a contract that's expiring, the Rockets have not offered Adelman an extension like the ones given to Nate McMillan in Portland and George Karl in Denver. He's been told they'll get back to him at the end of the season, hardly an endorsement.

"Surprised? Yeah, I think I am," Adelman said. "I think we've done a really good job. I don't know what else they want us to do when you lose your two best players and you make the changes we've made."

In the past two seasons, the Rockets have had 30 different players on their roster. When forward Luis Scola was sidelined recently for five games due to injury, they used a starting lineup that had 15 total years of NBA experience. Yet, Houston continued to gain ground in the West standings.

"I think we've kept them going and we've kept them believing and if you looked at the situation realistically, I think you've got to say we've done a good job," Adelman said.

So what do you think about the possibility of Adelman coaching the Pacers?

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