Woodson, Corbin fired: Adelman decides to retire

The Associated Press Published:

Mike Woodson and Tyrone Corbin lost their jobs, and Rick Adelman decided it was time to walk away from his.

Woodson and Corbin were fired Monday and Adelman retired, creating coaching openings for three NBA teams.

Woodson was expected to be replaced after Phil Jackson was hired last month as New York Knicks president during a disappointing season for a team that expected to make the playoffs. He informed Woodson and the entire coaching staff they were being dismissed Monday morning.

"The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond," Jackson said in a statement.

Woodson went 109-79 with the Knicks, a .580 winning percentage that ranks behind only Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy in franchise history. But after winning 54 games and the Atlantic Division title last season, the Knicks were just 37-45.

The Jazz had no such expectations for this season after the departures of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but declined to offer Corbin a new contract after they went 25-57. Corbin, a former Jazz player and assistant who replaced Jerry Sloan on Feb. 10, 2011, went 112-146.

• Basketball

Noah honored: There were some emotional moments and some funny stories as Joakim Noah accepted the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award on Monday, like this one.

The Chicago Bulls' center recalled a grueling workout with coach Tom Thibodeau.

"I told Thibs, 'If we weren't winning games, I would really, really hate you,'" he said. "And he said, 'Trust me, Jo, I feel the same way about you.'"

Incorrect call: The NBA says the call that resulted in Houston's Dwight Howard fouling out Sunday was incorrect. Instead, the All-Star center should have received two free throws that could have given the Rockets the lead.

Howard was called for his sixth foul with 10.8 seconds left in overtime while trying to get the rebound of James Harden's missed 3-pointer.

• Football

Pryor dealt: The Oakland Raiders have traded away the final player drafted by late owner Al Davis.

Oakland dealt quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday for a seventh-round pick in next month's draft.

The Raiders fulfilled Pryor's wish to be traded a day before the start of their offseason program. Pryor had asked to be dealt after the season when he lost his starting job to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, and the Raiders made the move after acquiring Matt Schaub from Houston to be the starter.

Suh not attending?: A person familiar with the situation says Ndamukong Suh is not attending the Detroit Lions' voluntary minicamp this week.

The person, who says Suh will attend the team's voluntary workouts in May and mandatory minicamp next month, spoke Monday night.

Green extended: The Bengals have exercised a 2015 contract option for receiver A.J. Green, letting them turn their focus to an extension for quarterback Andy Dalton.

Green was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft and was entering the final season on his deal.

• Elsewhere

Called up: Outfielder J.D. Martinez has been brought up by the Detroit Tigers after a torrid stretch at Triple-A Toledo.

He was batting .308 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs in 17 games for Toledo.

Coach dies: A southwest Ohio school district reports that a longtime swim coach has died after a mowing accident at his home.

Sixty-three-year-old Joe Middeler had recently completed his 15th season as varsity swim coach for New Richmond Schools. He had been owner-operator of a food market and was a substitute teacher. No other details were released immediately on the accident at his home in the village of Moscow.

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