Adelaide boss Wright unsure on NBL future

Steve Barrett
Coach Joey Wright says he can't stay at the Adelaide 36ers if the club doesn't want him

Adelaide coach Joey Wright insists he "can't stay" at the 36ers if the club doesn't want him despite having two years remaining on his contract.

Speculation has been rife since Thursday that Wright and the club had mutually agreed to sever ties at the end of this season.

Wright, Adelaide's coach for the past seven years and contracted to the end of the 2021-22 season, firmly threw the ball back into the court of club management, declaring he hasn't heard anything about his future.

"If the club doesn't want me then I can't stay here," said Wright, who will coach his 500th - and possibly last - NBL game next Saturday against Perth at RAC Arena.

"That's going to be up to them," he added.

"It's their decision but I haven't heard anything to the contrary other than finishing up my two years.

"There's a lot of speculation out there but I'm here until they say 'no'."

Only Brian Goorjian and Lindsay Gaze have coached more matches than him in league history.

If Saturday's landslide 99-80 loss to championship contenders Cairns at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre was Wright's last home game, it was a most unflattering finale.

Deliberately or accidentally, Wright referred to himself as Adelaide's coach in past tense when discussing his situation but the second-longest serving coach in 36ers history isn't getting sentimental about a possible departure.

"The last 24 hours I've been really thinking about how to make sure these guys come out and ignore that noise," he said.

"I'm a guy who's never celebrated birthdays, never celebrated ceremonies - that (sentimental) stuff doesn't mean anything to me.

"If that's the last time I walked out of there, it wouldn't mean anything to me.

"If I'm coaching here great, but I don't really look at it like that.

"I haven't heard anything from the club.

"When I was there I've enjoyed it ... really enjoyed being coach of Adelaide."