Rick Adelman to be Replaced as Coach
SACRAMENTO, Dec. 17 â€“ In a surprise move this morning, the Sacramento Kings have announced the firing of long-time Kings coach Rick Adelman, as well as top assistant John Wetzel. An official replacement has yet to be named, but a press conference has been scheduled for 12:00pm to announce the changes.
Despite being one of the most successful coaches in league history and coaching the Kings to consecutive 55, 61 and 59 win seasons despite a barrage of injuries to key players, Adelman has often drawn harsh criticism from fans for his handling of timeouts.
Reached at their offices in Las Vegas via conference call, Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof were eager to shed some light on the reasons for the surprising move.
"The straw that broke the camel's back was losing a game on the road last night." said Gavin. "We are the Sacramento Kings, and we've come to expect to win every time we step on the floor. Rick's consistent inability to achieve the perfection we expect and demand finally forced us to make this move."
His brother Joe added, "there have been 5 or 6 games this season where we have disagreed with his substitution patterns, and we have lost at least one of those. You just get tired of it after a while."
When asked if Adelman could perhaps be forgiven for only having the 2nd best record in the league without superstar Chris Webber, who remains on the injured list, Joe answered simply, "no."
The Maloofs did confirm that long-time assistant John Wetzel will also be released from his duties, noting that "everyone knows he's just Rick's yes man anyway."
The young owners suggested that the most likely interim candidate would be 137 yr old Pete "Yoda" Carrill, although both did acknowledge that they would likely have to find a younger assistant to team with the old master in case of sudden cardiac arrest. One such candidate could be none other than Kings veteran center Vlade Divac. "Everyone knows he's probably older than Rick anyways," said Gavin, "and at this point he really is pretty worthless as a player."
Other possible candidates mentioned were long time Kings official Jerry Reynolds, who the Maloofs contend has yet to earn a paycheck in any of the various roles they have tried him at, and TNT sports personality Charles Barkley.
"We all saw how well Hubie Brown has turned out for Memphis -- indeed they proved they were a better team than us last night." said Joe. "And we keep on hearing from fans what a genius Chuck is, so we figured it might be worth a shot."
Also mentioned was the possibility of letting random lower deck season ticket holders take a hand at coaching the Kings during home dates. "We've received a lot of fan mail suggesting that the fans know how to coach better than the current coaching staff," said Gavin, "and we think it might be a nice reward to the Arco faithful to let them have a shot at it."
When asked if any further changes were being contemplated, Joe specifically mentioned GM Geoff Petrie, noting that while the ex-Portland great was widely hailed as a genius, "he also hired Adelman, which makes him automatically suspect in our eyes."
Also covered in the rambling interview was the possibiltiy of allowing fans to throw sharp objects at the coaches when the team had the temerity to lose a lead at home, and whether Adleman and Wetzel would be allowed to retain their Sacramento homes, or would be immediately drummed out of the city.
Well...er-hrm...this seems like another sad day for the likes of Kings fans, all around the world, again...Adelman held great records as Kings coach and now the Maloofs, people that they are, expect more out of their coach, bad substitutions and misusing timeouts basically....Geewhiz, Adelman is underachieving for his level, I guess, and they have teh second best record in the league! Are the Kings that good? Please get your responses...this is hot off the press...Kings release their coach Rick Adelman....man, he's liable to find a new home somewhere...and now the Kings are looking at Chuck Barkley to take the head coach job? WOW....Yeah, because of Adelman Gerald Wallace didn't get playing time....
Sczerzbiak to miss another six weeks
MINNEAPOLIS --Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Wally Szczerbiak is expected to miss at least another six weeks because of a left foot injury that has sidelined him the entire season.
Szczerbiak's foot was placed in a cast Thursday that will remain on for another four weeks, coach Flip Saunders said. After the cast is taken off, Szczerbiak will go through rehabilitation for another two weeks.
Szczerbiak had a setback with the plantar fascia in his left foot and may now be out until the NBA All-Star break, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He will spend the next four weeks with a removable cast on his left foot as he tries a treatment of total inactivity.
The 6-7, 235 pound forward was chosen sixth in the 1999 draft by the Timberwolves out of Miami of Ohio.