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“I wouldn’t be here if that was the case,” Adelman said. “I don’t know where that came from. People talk all the time. We’ve known each other for 25 years. I started talking to him a week after I got back from Houston. We had a lot of discussion. I don’t know where that came from, but why would I want to come to a place and work with somebody that I didn’t like?”

Kahn said any reports of a bad relationship were “pure fiction.”

“It’s always been easy for me, I’ve known Rick for 25 years, to talk basketball with him,” Kahn said. “At the same time, we’re not friends in the sense of we don’t socialize. We don’t hang out together. We didn’t back then and that’s not the relationship I think we’ll have here.

“But on basketball matters, it’s always been easy to talk to him just as it will continue to be easy to talk to him about our team.”

Kahn did acknowledge that communication was an issue with Kurt Rambis, who was fired earlier this summer. But both he and Adelman seem determined to make things work together.

“It’s got to come from both of us and I think the players then respond to that,” Adelman said. “The whole organization has to be as one and the situations I’ve been in it’s been that way. You have input, you give input. It’s going to come from (owner Glen Taylor) to David and me, I think we’re all going to be as one when we make decisions.”


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