Rick Adelman Rumors
Joining Yardley in the current class are Rick Adelman, Gilbert Arenas, Joe Caldwell, Baron Davis, Nancy Dunkle, Gail Goodrich, Dennis Johnson, Steve Kerr, Raymond Lewis, David Meyers, Reggie Miller, Harold Miner, Anita Ortega, Byron Scott, Linda K. Sharp, Reggie Theus, Tina Thompson, Sidney Wicks and John Williams.
Rick Adelman was at home in Portland last Wednesday when he received the call. It was his daughter Laura’s birthday. Now there would be two reasons to celebrate. On the other end of the line was a representative of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. “You’re in,” the caller told Adelman. “I’m a little surprised,” Adelman told me on Tuesday, three days after his selection to the Hall was announced to the public. “I didn’t expect it. I knew I had been nominated. I didn’t know the criteria for (being selected).”
Adelman’s phone has been busy since the news broke of his impending enshrinement. “I’ve heard from a lot of people I’ve worked with over the years, including a few players,” he said. “It’s been nice to hear from people you hadn’t thought about for a while. Everybody has been so locked up with the coronavirus. “Mary Kay and I have locked ourselves in pretty much the past year. We didn’t get to see our grandkids much. Saw our kids only a little. We kept busy watching David’s games. We’d have been driven crazy without that. We’re looking forward to getting out and living a normal life.”
Adelman’s life has been difficult through the past year. He has type 2 diabetes, but the bigger problem has been with dehydration that affected his strength and balance. He was hospitalized for about a week and then spent about four months in a rehab center. “I had a rough stretch,” he said. “I was really down and out for five or six months. When you can’t move around, your system shuts down. I lost so much strength. I was not able to walk or do a lot of things. “It took me a few months to where I felt better. I feel OK now. I’m making my comeback and getting around a little better. Hopefully, I can get out and do more things. I don’t climb a lot of ladders, but my balance is pretty good now.”
Tom Orsborn: Pop on Rick Adelman getting voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball HOF as part of the Class of 2021: “Rick Adelman is in that same category as Rudy T. He deserves it. He’s been a great basketball guy for a very long time. He’s been a winner and just a wonderful coach.”