Woodson, Corbin are fired; Adelman decides to retire
Three NBA coaching jobs opened up. Mike Woodson was fired by the New York Knicks, Tyrone Corbin was let go by the Utah Jazz and Rick Adelman decided it was time to retire from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Associated Press and The New York Times
Mike Woodson and Tyrone Corbin lost their jobs, and Rick Adelman decided it was time to walk away from his.
Woodson and Corbin were fired Monday and Adelman retired, creating coaching openings for three teams.
Woodson was expected to be replaced after Phil Jackson was hired last month as New York Knicks president during a disappointing season for a team that was expected to make the playoffs. He informed Woodson and the entire coaching staff they were being dismissed Monday morning.
“The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond,” Jackson said in a statement.
Knicks officials did not offer a timeline for hiring a new coach, although it seems likely Jackson — who won 11 championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers — will want a surrogate on the bench who is familiar with his views and schemes, particularly the triangle offense.
Steve Kerr, a former point guard who played for Jackson in Chicago, reportedly is a leading candidate.
Appearing Monday on his weekly Sirius XM radio show, Kerr said he expected to hear from Jackson in the coming days. Kerr, a former general manager of the Phoenix Suns, has expressed an interest in coaching.
“It’s going to be very interesting and, obviously, my name is being thrown around,” Kerr said. “I do anticipate at least being part of the conversation, and we’ll see where it all goes.”
Woodson went 109-79 with the Knicks. After winning 54 games and the Atlantic Division title last season, New York dropped to 37-45 this season.
The Utah Jazz had no grand expectations for this season after the departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but declined to offer Corbin a new contract after it went 25-57.
Corbin, a former Jazz player and assistant coach who replaced Jerry Sloan on Feb. 10, 2011, went 112-146.
Adelman had a 1,042-749 record in 23 seasons as an NBA coach, but the Minnesota Timberwolves were a mediocre 40-42 this season. He said he wanted to spend more time with his wife, Mary Kay, who has been treated for seizures over the last two years and also thinks the Wolves need a fresh voice to help them try to persuade standout power forward Kevin Love to remain in Minnesota.
“If anything, I felt if I coached another year and then his future comes up and my future is gone, that makes it even harder,” the 67-year-old Adelman said. “I think it’s best for the organization to have somebody else coaching the team, give them a year to see what they can do and hear that voice.”
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