Rockets needed coaching change, Morey says

By Chris Duncan

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 19 2011 11:50 a.m. MDT

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey discusses the direction of the team with the media during a basketball news conference, Tuesday, April 19, 2011, in Houston, after the decision to part ways with NBA basketball head coach Rick Adelman.

Pat Sullivan, Associated Press

HOUSTON — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey says the team is looking for a new coach because it needed a different direction, not because Rick Adelman did a poor job.

The Rockets announced Monday that Adelman would not be retained after going 193-135 in four seasons. His contract expires on June 30.

Adelman guided Houston to its lone playoff series victory since 1997 and moved into eighth on the NBA's all-time list for regular season coaching wins (945) at the end of the season.

Morey says the two agreed that Adelman was not the ideal coach to build the Rockets into a championship contender.

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