Adelman reportedly interviews with Rockets

Updated: May 16, 2007, 8:03 PM ET
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 Leslie Alexander.

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 twice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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