Rick Adelman receives 2023 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award
Jun 4, 2023, 7:55 PM
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Former Sacramento Kings coach Rick Adelman has been named the 2023 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to a press release from the National Basketball Coaches Association, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Coach is one of only ten coaches in NBA history to have won more than 1,000 games. He currently ranks 10th in games won (1,042) and 13th in all-time playoff wins (79). He began his coaching career in 19777 with the Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore. He transitioned to the NBA, entering the league as the Portland Trail Blazers coach in 1989-90, leading them to a 59-32 record and a trip to the NBA Finals.
Rick Adelman, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, and one of only ten coaches in NBA history to have won more than 1,000 games, is the recipient of the 2023 Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Basketball Coaches Association announced today. pic.twitter.com/w1BXF5sFSN
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) June 4, 2023
In Sacramento, he’s best known as the most-winningest coach in Kings franchise history, amassing a 395-229 record, surpassing 50 wins in five consecutive seasons. He also spent time as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Minnesota Timberwolves. Adelman retired from coaching in 2014.
“Rick Adelman’s NBA coaching career has been highlighted by innovation, integrity, and excellence,” Rick Carlisle, Indiana Pacers Head Coach and National Basketball Coaches Association president, said in a press release. “His teams always played to their strengths, and Rick always found subtle ways to reinvent NBA basketball to help his players thrive. His quiet, unassuming nature belies his impact as one of the great NBA coaches of all time.”
Adelman said he is honored to receive the award.
“To be included with the past winners is special. Chuck was a great coach and respected by all those who coached against his teams,” Adelman said in the release. “To receive an award like this I have to thank all those who helped me along the way, in particular my assistant coaches and front offices. I would also like to thank the players I had through the years. Their effort and cooperation made everything I did possible. Good players make coaching much easier.