copyright 1992; by Rick Adelman; autographed by Rick Adelman on inside page; hardbound; Simon & Schuster publishers, New York; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.
Illustrated with photos. From The Critics Publishers Weekly In 1990, his first year as coach of the Portland, Ore., basketball franchise, Adelman took the Trail Blazers to the NBA finals; this book, written with Oregonian sportswriter Jaynes, covers the following season. It quickly becomes clear why Adelman is such a brilliant coach. He is democratic, even soliciting opinions from his players about a prospective trade; studying his men carefully to see not what they do wrong but what they do right, he utilizes each player in the role for which he is best suited, with the best shooters shooting, the good rebounders rebounding, and so on. The team had a highly successful 1991 season, with the top record in the league, but was defeated by the L.A. Lakers in the third round of the playoffs. The book is an excellent recap. (Jan.) Library Journal Adelman, the second-year head coach of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, chronicles his team's 1990-91 season. From the first day of training camp in October to the playoffs in May, he provides a firsthand account of life in the locker room, on the court, and in the practice sessions of a professional basketball team. Adelman proves he is up to the challenge of managing and motivating his team through the longest season in professional sports, but the Blazers fall just short of reaching the NBA finals. This book will appeal to serious basketball fans.