Horizon Talks NBA with Coach Adams


Photo Courtesy of Jaime Adams

Lynbrook varsity basketball Head Coach Jaime Adams has a long history in coaching. After spending two years coaching the Dowling College women’s basketball team, he was hired at Seaford, his former high school, where he coached the girls’ JV team at from 2000 to 2002. He then coached the Seaford girls’ varsity team from 2002- 2004, and coached the boys’ team from 2004 until 2014, when he joined LHS at a substitute teacher and the boys’ varsity basketball head coach.

Q: Who do you think will win in the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets Series? In what game will the series send?
A: Golden State wins in Game 7, in a close game.

Q: Why do you believe the Warriors will win?
A: Their experience will get them in the lead.

Q: Which players have stood out most in this series and why?
A: Chris Paul and PJ Tucker from the Rockets. Chris Paul is a big-time offensive player for them. If Tucker plays good off the bench, he’s a big impact for the Rockets. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry from the Warriors. Kevin Durant is the best player on that team. When Steph Curry is his normal, caliber self, he is very good.

Q: How would you rate the coaching staffs of both teams?
A: The advantage goes to the Warriors’ coaching staff because of experience, but [Houston Head Coach] Mike D’Antoni is a very good offensive coach.

Q: Who do you think will win in the Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers? And in what game will the series end?
A: Celtics in seven.

Q: Betting against LeBron, huh? Bit of a bold move, don’t you think?
A: I put high emphasis on home court advantage, and they have the best coach in the league in Brad Stevens.

Q: Which players have stood out most in this series, and why?
A: Cleveland’s bench has been playing well, and Tristian Thompson has been very good, and that’s what they need. Al Horford is their leader, and he has to play well for all his teammates. Jayson Tatum has been lights out, and that’s why he’s going to be one of the best players in the league.

Q: How would you rate the coaching staffs of both teams?
A: Celtics’ coach is the best coach in the league with his unpredictable
game plans; Cleveland’s coach is underrated because it’s not so easy to coach the best player in the league.

Q: Do you enjoy watching the NBA playoffs why or why not?
A: I do enjoy it because the coaches have a big impact because they must be on their game. They also have a lot of pressure, and I love that kind of pressure.

Q: What do you think about the changes in the NBA since you’ve been watching?
A: It’s a much more officiated, which benefits the offensive side of the ball. It’s not as physical as it was when I played the game.

Q: What might make the NBA better in the future?
A: The development of the game has to be better; we’ve lost the whole aspect of basketball. It’s only threes and mid-range now.