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Lakers-Rockets: Against Phil Jackson, Rick Adelman Has Plenty to Prove

Published by on May 5, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Rick Adelman isn’t exactly hard-up for career accomplishments.

He’s has coached three No. 1 seeds. He’s been to the Finals twice. He’s presided over a 22-game winning streak. He’s one of four coaches in NBA history to top 800 wins and own a .600-plus career winning percentage.

But when his Rockets outslugged the Lakers Monday night, he did something he’s never done before: Start a series against Phil Jackson with a lead.

It’s a safe bet that Adelman’s coaching scrapbook doesn’t include many fond memories of the Zen Master.

After all, Jackson’s Bulls spoiled Adelman’s trip to the 1992 Finals with the Blazers. Jackson walked away with...

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