Adams was Grizzlies assistant 2000-02

Updated: February 18, 2004, 3:51 AM ET
Associated Press

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."

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