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Tuesday June 19, 2007 5:11 PM


New Coaching Staff


Adelman selects Turner, Sikma, Dunn and R.J. Adelman to coaching staff


Damien Pierce
Rockets.com Staff Writer

HOUSTON -- Rockets coach Rick Adelman has assembled his new coaching staff.

The Rockets revealed Tuesday that NBA assistant coaching veterans Elston Turner, Jack Sikma, T.R. Dunn and R.J. Adelman have been hired as assistant coaches.

Turner, Dunn and R.J. Adelman -- the coach's son -- previously worked with the elder Adelman in Sacramento, while Sikma joins Houston's staff after four seasons in Seattle.

"I am excited to have my coaching staff in place," Adelman said. "We were fortunate to get a group of hard-working and very experienced coaches that will ensure our players are well prepared for every game. Elston, Jack and T.R. all enjoyed long, successful playing careers and now they have each made a name for themselves as quality coaches in this league. R.J. spent five seasons with in Sacramento and I'm excited to have him join me here as well."

Turner served as an assistant under Adelman for six seasons in Sacramento, where he eventually became the coach's lead assistant. Before that, he held assistant coaching jobs in Portland as well as the CBA. He played eight seasons in the NBA, playing for Dallas, Denver and Chicago.

Sikma, a seven-time All-Star, joins Adelman's staff after spending four years as an assistant with Seattle. Prior to becoming a coach, Sikma spent 14 seasons in the NBA and was one of the league's top centers. He averaged 15.6 points and 9.8 rebounds with the Sonics and Milwaukee Bucks. He helped guide the Sonics to an NBA title in 1979.

Dunn worked as an assistant coach in Sacramento for three seasons, serving two under Adelman. Before his coaching stint in Northern California, he worked two seasons as an assistant in Denver and was the head coach of the WNBA's Charlotte Sting from 2001-02. During his 14-year playing career, Dunn was one of the league's top defenders and rebounding guards.

R.J. Adelman joins his father in Houston where he will focus on the team's advance scouting operations. He was an advance scout for Seattle last season and served five seasons as a scout in Sacramento when the elder Adelman was coaching the team.