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Son of former Kings coach Rick Adelman dies crossing street in Houston, TMZ reports

R.J. Adelman
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The son of former NBA player and head coach Rick Adelman, R.J. Adelman, died last Friday in Houston after he was hit by a minivan while crossing the street, TMZ has reported.

R.J. Adelman, 44, was crossing the street around midday and was not using the crosswalk, according to a police report. The driver was an 80-year-old woman driving a Chrysler Town & Country in downtown Houston.

Adelman died four hours later from blunt force injuries, and the woman was released by police without charges, TMZ reported.

R.J. Adelman spent five seasons as a scout for the Kings, including three as an assistant video coordinator, according to He served as an assistant coach under his father during his 2011-14 head coaching tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to the Star Tribune, and was also a director of player personnel with Minnesota.

“I am beyond heartbroken to learn of R.J.’s death and offer my deepest sympathy to Rick, Mary Kay and the entire Adelman family,” Kings general manager Vlade Divac said in a statement. “R.J. was a generous spirit with an outgoing personality who positively impacted everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. I was fortunate to work with R.J. for several years during my playing days in Sacramento and grew to respect him profoundly on many levels.”

Rick Adelman, 71, coached 23 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2014. He led the Kings from 1999-2006, including Sacramento’s controversial 2002 loss to the Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

“He will be remembered as a loyal son, friend and multi-talented professional who followed his heart into basketball alongside his father after a successful law career,” Divac said. “The Kings organization joins the NBA community in sorrow as our thoughts, prayers and support are with the Adelman family at this most difficult time.”

The Timberwolves’ official Twitter account acknowledged R.J. Adelman’s death and paid respects Thursday.