Just as Sloan does, Adelman seems excited by the challenge of putting together another winning team with new players -- and Geoff Petrie has a deep loyalty to his former teammate in Portland. Only an ultimatum from the Maloof brothers seems likely to force Adelman's departure, and Sacramento's owners usually defer to their president of basketball operations' judgment.
"I'm not thinking about next year, even next month," Adelman said. "We've got other concerns."
The Lakers will miss the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, and they also could lose bragging rights at Staples Center. They're in a dead heat with the Clippers, who haven't finished above their purple-and-gold brethren in the Pacific Division standings since 1993. At least the Lakers won't match their sixth-place division finish in 1992 -- the Pacific only has five teams now. Chicago entered the weekend with the NBA's best record in 2005 -- 33-14 before Friday night's game against New York. ... More than 60 NBA hopefuls suited up at the 53rd annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this weekend. Dozens of scouts usually attend the biggest team showcase before the Chicago pre-draft camp.