Richie Adubato

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Richie Adubato
Personal information
Born (1937-11-23) November 23, 1937 (age 83)
Irvington, New Jersey [1]
NationalityAmerican
Career information
High school East Orange
(East Orange, New Jersey)
College William Paterson
Coaching career1969–2007
Career history
As coach:
1969–1972 Upsala College (assistant)
1972–1978Upsala 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
20052007 Washington Mystics

Richard Adam Adubato [2] (born November 23, 1937) is a former basketball coach in the National Basketball Association. He has served as head coach for three NBA teams, the Detroit Pistons, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Orlando Magic.

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Adubato replaced Brian Hill halfway through the 1996–97 season and guided the Magic to a 21–12 record and made their fourth consecutive playoff appearance. The Magic then nearly upset Pat Riley's Miami Heat in the playoffs with the help of spectacular play from Penny Hardaway, but ultimately lost the series 3–2.

In 1999, Adubato became head coach for the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association, 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 2 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.

During his NBA coaching career, Adubato replaced Dick Vitale as head coach of the Detroit Pistons after 12 games of the 1979–80 season. He later was head coach of the Dallas Mavericks for 264 games between 1989 and 1992.

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

Adubato has also 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

NBA

Legend
Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win–loss %
PlayoffsPGPlayoff gamesPWPlayoff winsPLPlayoff lossesPW–L %Playoff win–loss %
TeamYearGWLW–L%FinishPGPWPLPW–L%Result
Detroit 1979–80 701258.1716th in CentralMissed Playoffs
Dallas 1989–90 714229.5923rd in Midwest303.000Lost in First Round
Dallas 1990–91 822854.3416th in MidwestMissed Playoffs
Dallas 1991–92 822260.2685th in MidwestMissed Playoffs
Dallas 1992–93 29227.069(fired)
Orlando 1996–97 332112.6363rd in Atlantic523.400Lost in First Round
Career367127240.346826.250

WNBA

Legend
Regular seasonGGames coachedWGames wonLGames lostW–L %Win–loss %
PlayoffsPGPlayoff gamesPWPlayoff winsPLPlayoff lossesPW–L %Playoff win–loss %
TeamYearGWLW–L%FinishPGPWPLPW–L%Result
New York 1999 321814.5631st in East633.500Lost in WNBA Finals
New York 2000 322012.6251st in East743.571Lost in WNBA Finals
New York 2001 322111.6562nd in East633.500Lost in Conf. Finals
New York 2002 321814.5631st in East844.500Lost in WNBA Finals
New York 2003 341618.4716th in EastMissed Playoffs
New York 2004 1679.438(fired)
Washington 2005 341618.4715th in EastMissed Playoffs
Washington 2006 341816.5294th in East202.000Lost in First Round
Washington 2007 404.000(resigned)
Career250134116.536291415.483

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References

  1. Baum, Barry. "ADUBATO IS LADIES’ MAN – AFTER COACHING THE BOYS, RICHIE’S MADE SMOOTH TRANSITION TO WNBA", New York Post , August 25, 2000. Accessed September 19, 2015. "And in his second season, Adubato has been more than willing to oblige. With Edison-like thoroughness and preparation, the 62-year-old Irvington, N.J. native has guided the Liberty to its second straight Finals berth."
  2. The Sporting News: 1992-93 Official NBA Register. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News Publishing Co. 1992.