Richie Adubato

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Richie Adubato
Personal information
Born (1937-11-23) November 23, 1937 (age 77)
Irvington, New Jersey
Nationality American
Career information
College William Paterson University
Coaching career 1969–2007
Career history
As coach:
1969–1972 Upsala College (assistant)
1972–1978 Upsala College
19781979 Detroit Pistons (assistant)
1979–1980 Detroit Pistons (interim)
19821986 New York Knicks (assistant)
19861989 Dallas Mavericks (assistant)
19891993 Dallas Mavericks
1993–1994 Cleveland Cavaliers (assistant)
19941997 Orlando Magic (assistant)
1997 Orlando Magic (interim)
19992004 New York Liberty (WNBA)
20052007 Washington Mystics (WNBA)

Richard Adam "Richie" Adubato[1] (born November 23, 1937) is a former basketball coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has served as head coach for three NBA teams: the Detroit Pistons, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Orlando Magic.

In 1999, he took over as the head coach for the WNBA's New York Liberty, making his WNBA debut on June 10, 1999 when he guided the Liberty to an 87-60 victory over the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Rockers. With the Liberty posting impressive attendance figures for the third straight season, Madison Square Garden played host to the first-ever WNBA All-Star game - a sellout (18,649) - on July 14, 1999. Four Liberty players were selected to the Eastern Conference squad: Rebecca Lobo, Teresa Weatherspoon, Kym Hampton, and Vickie Johnson.

With Adubato at the helm, the Liberty posted an overall mark of 18-14 and won its first Eastern Conference title. After defeating Charlotte in the first round of the playoffs, the team faced a rematch with the defending WNBA champion Houston Comets. Despite falling short of the title, the series was pushed to a third game when Weatherspoon made the most famous shot in WNBA history -- a half-court, buzzer-beating shot that won Game Two before a stunned Houston squad and Compaq Center crowd.

Under Adubato, the Liberty went to the finals three out of four seasons and won the Eastern Conference regular-season championship three times.

Adubato took over as coach of the Washington Mystics, but left the Mystics on June 1, 2007, reportedly upset over his team's 0-4 start to the season, a number of recent transactions, and his contract status.

Adubato currently serves as the radio color analyst for the Orlando Magic.

Adubato has been an assistant NBA coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic and an NBA scout for the Atlanta Hawks.

Head coaching record[edit]

NBA[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
DET 1979–80 70 12 58 .171 6th in Central Missed Playoffs
DAL 1989–90 71 42 29 .592 3rd in Midwest 3 0 3 .000 Lost in First Round
DAL 1990–91 82 28 54 .341 6th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
DAL 1991–92 82 22 60 .268 5th in Midwest Missed Playoffs
DAL 1992–93 29 2 27 .069 (fired)
ORL 1996–97 33 21 12 .636 3rd in Atlantic 5 2 3 .400 Lost in First Round
Career 367 127 240 .346 8 2 6 .250

WNBA[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
NY 1999 32 18 14 .563 1st in East 6 3 3 .500 Lost in WNBA Finals
NY 2000 32 20 12 .625 1st in East 7 4 3 .571 Lost in WNBA Finals
NY 2001 32 21 11 .656 2nd in East 6 3 3 .500 Lost in Conf. Finals
NY 2002 32 18 14 .563 1st in East 8 4 4 .500 Lost in WNBA Finals
NY 2003 34 16 18 .471 6th in East Missed Playoffs
NY 2004 16 7 9 .438 (fired)
WAS 2005 34 16 18 .471 5th in East Missed Playoffs
WAS 2006 34 18 16 .529 4th in East 2 0 2 .000 Lost in First Round
WAS 2007 4 0 4 .000 (resigned)
Career 250 134 116 .536 29 14 15 .483

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Sporting News: 1992-93 Official NBA Register. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News Publishing Co. 1992.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nancy Darsch
New York Liberty head coach
1998–2004
Succeeded by
Pat Coyle
Preceded by
Michael Adams
Washington Mystics head coach
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Tree Rollins (Interim)