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The case for Rick Adelman as Warriors coach

 

Is Rick Adelman the best coaching option should the Warriors fire Smart?

 

As you know, Rick Adelman, former 2nd place in coach of the year voting FOUR times was fired today by the Houston Rockets. Some disagreement with the owner is what early reports suggest.

I think every Warriors fan is cringing here, but I really want Adelman back as coach.

1.) He's a defensive minded coach that also knows a lot of offensive schemes. I always thought he ran the 2-3 and 3-2 zones very well in Houston and he always found a way to get a high turnover rate when he was running the Kings.

Basically, he gameplans very well, especially against star players (he did his best to contain Shaq... give him credit). And he's been there. Yes he's old (64), but we really need experience to move the "maturity needle" (If you want to call it that) for a lot of our youngsters. Adelman's likeability and playoff experience is even more intangibles that sweeten the melting pot.

2.) He's a winner. In his 20 seasons as head coach, 17 of them were winning records. Heck the only 3 that were losing ones was his rookie season in which he coached 35 games and, ironically, his two seasons coaching the Warriors in 95 and 96.

3.) He brings mystique to a team that needs it. He's lost to the Pistons and Bulls in the 90 and 92 finals respectively and lost to the Lakers in the 2002 Western Conference finals in what I thought was the biggest tragedy in California NBA history. If there's a coach that still wants to be in the NBA, it's also for that one goal, an NBA championship. I mean karma has to help the guy after he had Tracy McGrady, Chris Webber, Yao Ming injuries all prevent him from going that next step. Let's not forget he's from California as well (Loyola Marymount).

*4.) Bonus reason: I want Luis Scola. Whatever it takes, I'd love to have his tenacity on this team. Of course, Scola isn't close to my hopes for DeAndre Jordan or Marc Gasol, but does a good job in making space in the post, rebounding, and scoring even when the play isn't call for him. It's a player coach relationship that could give be enough to give him looks by Myers and Riley.

Voice your opinions below. Hopefully the Warriors front office is listening... anybody... anybody?

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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