Candidates To Replace Adelman
Elston Turner spent three seasons as a Rockets assistant coach. He’s served as the head coach of Houston’s summer league team. Before coming to the Rockets, Turner spent six seasons as an assistant coach on Rick Adelman’s staff in Sacramento, serving the final two campaigns as the lead assistant.
With the Kings, Turner’s responsibilities included handling the team’s game plan, individual skill work with players and advance scouting. Turner and the Kings coaching staff also helped Adelman coach the Western Conference All-Star Team in the 2001 NBA All-Star Game in Washington and the 2003 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta.
Jack Sikma has been an assistant coach with the Rockets for three seasons after spending four seasons on the Seattle Sonics coaching staff. A former Sonics center, Sikma rejoined Seattle as a special assignments coach prior to the 2003-04 season. He was promoted to assistant coach following that campaign.
In 14 seasons as a player in the NBA, Sikma averaged 15.6 points and 9.8 rebounds in 1,107 games with Seattle and the Milwaukee Bucks. A seven-time NBA All-Star, Sikma was also named to the 1977-78 NBA All-Rookie Team and earned 1981-82 NBA All-Defense Second Team accolades.
Mario Elie finished his second season as an assistant coach for the Kings. He is an 11-year NBA veteran who spent two campaigns (2007-08 and 2008-09) as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks before joining the Kings. During the 2006-07 season, Elie served as a pre- and post-game host for the Houston Rockets’ FOX Sports Net telecasts after serving as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors for two seasons (2004-05 & 2005-06). Prior to joining the Warriors coaching staff, he spent the 2003-04 season as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.
Elie enjoyed a successful NBA playing career averaging 8.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 732 regular season games with Golden State, Philadelphia, Portland, Houston, San Antonio and Phoenix. He also played in 116 career playoff contests, winning three NBA Championships with Houston (1994 & 1995) and San Antonio (1999).
Mike Brown was named the 17th head coach in Cleveland Cavaliers history on June 2, 2005. In his first four seasons at the helm of the Cavaliers, Brown has quickly recorded the best winning percentage of any coach in the team’s 39-year history.
Brown earned Coach of the Year honors after the 2008-2009 season, was named Coach of the Month three times during the season (December, February and March) and along with his coaching staff earned the opportunity to coach the Eastern Conference All-Star Team at the 2009 All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona. One of the NBA’s top young coaches, Brown also led the Cavaliers to becoming only the 12th team in NBA history to have 66 wins, a franchise high. Brown was the fourth youngest coach in NBA history to win 60 games.
Stan Van Gundywas named head coach of the Orlando Magic on June 7, 2007, becoming the ninth head coach in franchise history. He is currently is under contract with Orlando, but should be become available in the event of a quick exit from the playoffs
During his third season with the Magic, Van Gundy guided the team to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight time, after compiling a 59-23 (.720) regular season record. It was the second-best mark in the NBA, and Orlando captured the Southeast Division title for the third consecutive season. It was the team’s fifth division crown overall. It also marked the third straight season and the sixth time in team history that it reached the 50-win plateau.