The son of former Sacramento Kings head coach Rick Adelman died after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Houston on Feb. 2.
A spokesman from the Houston Police Department confirmed that R.J. Adelman’s was hit by an 80-year-old woman driving a minivan, according to USA Today.
On Thursday, Kings' General Manager Vlade Divac issued a statement on R.J. Adelman's passing:
“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. 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. 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. 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 44-year-old was a former assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and worked with a couple other teams including the Seattle SuperSonics and Houston Rockets. He worked alongside his dad in both Houston and Minnesota.
Adelman spent five years in Sacramento as a scout, with the final three seasons as a video coordinator in Basketball Operations.
The Kings weren't the only team to share their condolences as the Timberwolves and Rockets took to Twitter pay respects.