R.J. Adelman, former NBA assistant coach, son of Rick Adelman, killed crossing street

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On a day of crazy trades, this news casts a shadow over the NBA. It is a tragedy.

Former Rockets’ assistant coach R.J. Adelman, 44, the son of legendary coach Rick Adelman, was killed last week after being struck by a car while crossing the street in downtown Houston. TMZ broke the news of the Feb. 2 incident.

Officials confirm 44-year-old R.J. Adelman was walking around downtown Houston around noon on Feb. 2 when he was hit by an 80-year-old woman driving a Chrysler Town & Country minivan.

According to the police report, Adelman was not using a crosswalk at the time of the accident.

Adelman was transported to the hospital in serious condition and was pronounced dead 4 hours later. According to the Harris County medical examiner, Adelman died as a result of blunt force injuries.

The incident is still under investigation, but the woman driving the car was released.

Adelman spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Rockets under his father, then when Rick went to Minnesota R.J. went as the director of player personnel. Before that R.J. had been a scout with the Sonics and Kings. Houston released this statement:

“The Rockets organization is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former assistant coach R.J. Adelman.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Rick, Mary Kay, and the entire Adelman family during this very difficult time.”

Like his father, R.J. was a basketball lifer. In college, he won a Div. II national championship as a player at Willamette University.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Adelman family.