Rick Adelman's son hit, killed by van in downtown Houston

By Cory McCord - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - The son of former Rockets coach Rick Adelman was killed when he was struck by a vehicle in downtown Houston on Friday.

Richard "RJ" Adelman, 44, was crossing the street in the 1000 block of Leeland Street (near the intersection of Main Street) around noon when he was struck by a van, according to police.

He was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

He was not in a crosswalk when he was struck, police said.

The driver of the van was questioned by police and released from the scene.

R.J. worked with the Rockets while his father was the head coach and also worked with the Timberwolves when Rick went there to coach.

The Portland Trail Blazers issued the following statement:

“The Portland Trail Blazers extend our sincerest condolences to Rick Adelman, his wife Mary Kay and their family during this difficult time. The Adelmans were an integral part of and positive contributors to our organization and this community from 1983 to 1994. Rick also helped establish the Trail Blazers team as a player during our first three years as a franchise. We join with others around the NBA in keeping the Adelmans in our thoughts and prayers."

Here is a statement issued by the Rockets:

"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."

The Timberwolves tweeted out a message after learning of R.J.'s passing.

Kevin Love, who played for Rick in Minnesota from 2011-2014, also tweeted out a message.

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