The team will not renew Adelman’s contract for next season, according to a person familiar with the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Monday because the team had not made an official announcement.
KRIV-TV and the Houston Chronicle first reported the decision.
Adelman accepted the Houston job in 2007 and envisioned building a championship contender around Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. By the end of Adelman’s first season, both All-Stars had injuries that would require surgery.
Houston went 17-8 after the All-Star break and fell short of the playoffs again, despite a 43-39 record.
The Rockets made a flurry of roster moves in Adelman’s tenure and consistently ranked among the league’s highest-scoring teams. Kevin Martin emerged as the leading scorer, and the surrounding starters were Luis Scola, Chuck Hayes, Kyle Lowry and Chase Budinger.
“I look at the team today,” Adelman said in late February. “In 3 1/2 years since I came here, we have only two guys left, Luis and Chuck. That’s not a lot of stability. I came to coach Yao and Tracy and ended up with Luis and Chuck.
“It is kind of amazing those are the only two guys left,” Adelman said. “I told them, ‘This is the group we have. What are you going to make of it?’ That is the same approach I have to take.”
The Rockets will search for their third coach since 2003, when Rudy Tomjanovich stepped down for health reasons. Jeff Van Gundy coached the team from 2003-07, guiding it to three playoff appearances.