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Blazers: Rick Adelman to enter Naismith Hall of Fame in 2021

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A former Portland Trail Blazer will be entering the Naismith Hall of Fame next year.

The 16 members of the 2021 Class into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame were announced Sunday, including former Trail Blazers head coach Rick Adelman.

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Adelman is the 9th-winningest head coach in NBA history finishing a career that spanned more than three decades with a record of 1,042-749 (0.582), including two 60-win seasons (Portland 1990-91, Sacramento 2001-02) and 11 50-win seasons.

He coached the Trail Blazers to two NBA Finals appearances in 1990 and 1992. 

Adelman is considered one of the best head coaches in league history to never win an NBA Championship. He coached in two NBA Finals with the Blazers, and lost to the Lakers twice in the Western Conference Finals (Portland 1990-91, Sacramento 2001-02). 

The 2002 Western Conference Finals is considered one of the best series of all time, but is clouded by questionable officiating in Game 6 which disallowed the Kings to close it out at home thanks to the Lakers shooting 27 fourth-quarter free throws. 

Adelman reached 200 wins in just 288 games, a record at the time. Adelman is a three-time NBA All-Star Game head coach (1991, 2001, 2003). He coached several Hall of Fame players including Clyde Drexler, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Dikembe Mutombo, Chris Mullin and Drazen Petrovic. 

 

The 6'1" basketball legend also played for the Trail Blazers from 1970-73 after getting selected during the expansion draft. He would return to Portland as an assistant coach from 1983-1989 before being named the intern head coach during the 1989 season. After coaching the Blazers to the NBA Playoffs, he earned the full-time job. 

He joins 11-time NBA All-Star Chris Bosh, NBA Finals MVP and 10-time NBA All-Star Paul Pierce, the first Black NBA head coach Bill Russell, four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Champion Ben Wallace, five-time NBA All-Star and NBA Rookie of the Year Chris Webber, two-time NCAA national champion Villanova coach Jay Wright, seven-time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Yolanda Griffith and seven-time WNBA All-Star and three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson.