Dick Motta said today he is not worried about losing his job as coach of the Washington Bullets, even though team owner Abe Pollin has said he is "reevaluating the whole coaching situation."
"I would think that if they were really upset they'd have talked to me by now," Motta said by telephone from his mother's home near Salt Lake City.
Both Pollin and Motta said they have not met since the season ended almost a month ago. Pollin, who said late in the season he wanted Motta back next year, told The Washington Post Friday, he is reevaluating the coaching situation.
"I just haven't talked with Mr. Pollin yet," Motta said. "I have met with (General Manager) Bob (Ferry) to talk about the draft and how to improve the team next year. We also reviewed the past season.
"I'm not the least bit concerned or worried about my job. I'm just taking a planned vacation and relaxing. I have a year left on my contract and until I hear differently, I'm the coach of the Bullets."
Motta originally signed a three-year contract with the Bullets and had it extended for two years after the team won the National Basketball Association title in 1978. That contract expires at the end of next season.
Motta doesn't want to be a lame duck coach, working on a one year contract, but Pollin apparently is undecided on offering Motta an extension.
Pollin was in a similar position with Mott's predecessor, K. C. Jones.
Jones went into the last year of his contract in 1976 feeling the pressure of having to win to keep his job. When the Bullets lost to Cleveland in the playoffs, Jones was not offered a new contract and was replaced by Motta.
This season was Motta's first bad one with the Bullets. They had a 39-43 record, made it to the playoffs but were eliminated in the first round by Philadelphia in two games.
"We had a lot of things going against us this year," Motta said, "but we met our objective, which was to get in to the playoffs.
"Once the playoffs are over I'm sure things will start happening.Then we'll all know where everybody else stands."