Mystics remove interim tag from Rollins

Updated: October 2, 2007, 6:17 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Tree Rollins will remain the coach of the Washington Mystics.

The Mystics on Tuesday removed the interim tag from Rollins, who led the team into playoff contention after Richie Adubato resigned in June following an 0-4 start.

"We felt that Tree took over our team during a tough situation, and our players responded to his coaching style," general manager Linda Hargrove said. "We think that he has earned the opportunity to coach our team and lead us to a championship."

The Mystics lost their first four games under Rollins to fall to 0-8, but they rallied to finish 16-18 and were eliminated from the playoff race on the final day of the regular season. Rollins went 15-14 as head coach, missing one game for personal reasons.

Rollins played 18 seasons in the NBA and later was an assistant coach with four NBA teams, but his only head coaching experience before this year came with the Greenville Groove of the National Basketball Developmental League. He joined the Mystics as an assistant coach under Adubato in 2006.

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