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Deliberate Maloofs keep coach for another season

2/2/2005 - Sacramento Kings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento Kings exercised their
one-year option on coach Rick Adelman on Tuesday, keeping him under
contract through next season.
Even though Adelman has taken the Kings to the playoffs every
year since coming to Sacramento in 1998, owners Joe and Gavin
Maloof waited to see how the team started this season before
deciding whether to pick up his option for 2005-06.
A solid start despite several injuries was enough to earn
Adelman another year.
"Rick has enjoyed tremendous success as head coach of the
Kings," Joe Maloof said in a statement. "His hard work and
dedication to the job is much appreciated by our family and the
entire Kings organization."
Sacramento (30-13) went into Tuesday night's game against
Seattle in second place in the Pacific Division, 4{ games behind
Phoenix.
Adelman got a call from Kings president of basketball operations
Geoff Petrie as he was driving to Arco Arena for the game Tuesday
afternoon. His assistant coaches also will be retained, the team
said.
"Obviously, I'm very happy. The Maloofs have been very good to
me and I feel good about this option being picked up," Adelman
said. "I love coaching here, the city, the team. So it just gives
you some security and the understanding that you can build off this
year."
Adelman helped his cause with Sunday's 94-84 victory at
Minnesota. The Kings ended the Timberwolves' five-game winning
streak despite not having stars Chris Webber and Peja Stojakovic
because of injuries.
"Sometimes I think Rick doesn't get the recognition he deserves
for the job he's done here in Sacramento," Petrie said. "We play
a very entertaining style of basketball, evidenced by the fact that
we have sold out 250 consecutive games at Arco Arena."
Adelman entered Tuesday's game 331-172 in seven years in
Sacramento and is the winningest coach in franchise history. He led
the Kings to the seventh game of the Western Conference finals in
2002 before losing to the Lakers, but Sacramento has been knocked
out in the second round each of the past two seasons.
He has coached 15 seasons in the NBA, including stints with
Portland and Golden State. He has a career record of 688-424 and
led Portland to the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992.
Adelman didn't allow himself to think about his contract
situation too much, and he'd had no recent discussions with
management on the subject.
"I didn't feel it was a burden. I was asked early about it and
I felt our staff deserved to have the option year picked up,"
Adelman said. "If it didn't happen, I felt I had some options to
do other things. If it did, that was my first choice. I'm very
pleased and very thankful for my family. I love the staff we
have."