China Nods at New Houston Coach

Yao's fans heartened by offense-minded Adelman
By Greg Atwan,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2007 5:54 AM CDT
China Nods at New Houston Coach
'   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – A China Daily poll indicated that 53% of Chinese hoops fans approved of new Rockets coach Rick Adelman, and just over a third regretted the ouster of defensive guru Jeff Van Gundy. Thanks to all-star center Yao Ming, the Rockets have the close scrutiny of perhaps the world's largest basketball fan base—over 300 million Chinese play.

Adelman, who has been to the playoffs 14 times in 16 seasons, contends his tactics and philosophy will make scoring easier for Yao and star swingman Tracy McGrady.  Said a Beijing fan, "Yao Ming's agility got worse under the old coach.  But Adelman will improve this and help his decision making." (Read more Yao Ming stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.