PORTLAND, Ore. — Rick Adelman, who became interim coach of the Portland Trail Blazers in February, will be retained as head coach through next season, the club announced today.
Team President Harry Glickman said no other candidates were interviewed although team officials briefly examined a "short list" of other possibilities.
Adelman, 42, was in his sixth season as a Trail Blazer assistant coach before he was named interim coach Feb. 18 when the team fired Mike Schuler. His contract is for one year with an option for a second year.
Adelman posted a 14-21 record through the remainder of the season and guided the team into the playoffs, clinching a berth by winning the final game of the regular season. Defending champion Los Angeles Lakers swept Portland in three games of the first round of the playoffs.