WASHINGTON -- Washington Mystics coach Richie Adubato
resigned Friday after his team started the season 0-4.
The team did not specify why Adubato quit just before the
Mystics' home game against Chicago.
"Richie felt that it was in his best interest to leave our
team," general manager Linda Hargrove said in a statement. "We
wish him the best in his future endeavors."
Assistant Tree Rollins was selected as interim coach.
The Mystics were 33-39 under Adubato, who joined the team before
the 2005 season, and were coming off an 18-16 mark and a playoff
appearance. Adubato was the longest-tenured coach in the team's
history. Before he was hired, the Mystics went through seven
coaches in seven years.
The Mystics were considered the most stable team in the WNBA
this offseason, with Adubato returning for a third season along
with almost the entire roster from the 2006 playoff team.
But they struggled defensively during an 0-4 start, allowing
opponents to score an average of 84 points. On May 24, they traded
center Chasity Melvin to the Chicago Sky for forward Monique
Currie. Forward Crystal Robinson retired this week to join the