Woodson, Corbin fired: Adelman decides to retire
Woodson, Corbin fired; Adelman resigns
Mike Woodson and Tyrone Corbin lost their jobs, and Rick Adelman decided it was time to walk away from his.
Woodson and Corbin were fired yesterday and Adelman retired, creating coaching openings for three NBA teams.
Woodson was expected to be replaced after Phil Jackson was hired last month as New York Knicks president during a disappointing season for a team that expected to make the playoffs. He informed Woodson and the entire coaching staff they were being dismissed yesterday morning.
“The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond,” Jackson said in a statement.
Woodson went 109-79 with the Knicks, a .580 winning percentage that ranks behind only Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy in franchise history. But after winning 54 games and the Atlantic Division title last season, the Knicks were just 37-45.
The Jazz had no such expectations for this season after the departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but declined to offer Corbin a new contract after they went 25-57. Corbin, a former Jazz player and assistant who replaced Jerry Sloan on Feb. 10, 2011, went 112-146.
“This has not been an easy decision, but after a thorough review process, we as an organization feel that this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward,” General Manager Dennis Lindsay said.
Adelman won more than 1,000 games in 23 seasons, but the Minnesota Timberwolves were a disappointing 40-42 this season. He wanted to spend more time with wife Mary Kay, who has been treated for seizures over the last two years, and also thinks the Wolves need a fresh voice to help them try to persuade star power forward Kevin Love to remain in Minnesota.
“If anything, I felt if I coached another year and then his future comes up and my future is gone, that makes it even harder,” Adelman said. “I think it’s best for the organization to have somebody else coaching the team, give them a year to see what they can do and hear that voice. I think that’s a much more positive situation for the organization. I feel strongly about that.”
The Detroit Pistons are still looking for a full-time coach after firing Maurice Cheeks during the season, and the Los Angeles Lakers could decide to replace Mike D’Antoni after going 27-55 during an injury-plagued season.
Bulls’ Noah named Defensive Player of the Year
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year yesterday in front of friends and family.
“This is very humbling to be in this situation right now,” Noah said at a news conference where his family was in the front row. He told Coach Tom Thibodeau: “Without your system, this wouldn’t be possible.”
Noah joins Michael Jordan in 1988 as the only Bulls players to win the award.
The recognition comes after he helped Chicago win 48 games and capture home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs despite losing Derrick Rose to a season-ending knee injury and trading away Luol Deng. It also comes at a time when he’s getting about as much praise for his ability on offense after being known primarily for his defense and rebounding.
Noah has improved in a big way in that area since he was drafted out of Florida in 2007 and was the Bulls’ most valuable player this season, averaging career highs of 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He’s a focal point on offense, with the ball often being funneled through him, and he remains their anchor on defense. His ability to cover ground and rotate onto smaller players in pick-and-roll situations creates havoc for opponents. He averaged 1.5 blocks.
Chicago’s Sale headed to DL with arm problem
DETROIT – Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is headed to the 15-day disabled list with what the team believes is a strained muscle in his throwing arm.
General Manager Rick Hahn said the White Sox are erring on the side of caution, and that an MRI suggests no ligament damage.
Sale was supposed to face Tigers star Justin Verlander tonight, but now Chicago will be without its ace. Charlie Leesman is expected to start that game instead.
The 25-year-old Sale threw 127 pitches in a loss to Boston on Thursday. He’s 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA on the season.
Sale went 11-14 with a 3.07 ERA in 30 starts last season, emerging as one of the American League’s top pitchers amid a dismal season for the White Sox.
Seahawks acquire QB Pryor
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks.
Oakland sent the third-year player to the Super Bowl champions yesterday. Terms of the deal were not immediately announced.
Pryor was a third-round pick in the 2011 supplemental draft out of Ohio State. He started nine games last season, going 3-6, sharing the job with undrafted rookie free agent Matt McGloin.
Pryor went 156 for 272 for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions, with a passer rating of 69.1.