In a move that stunned many more for the timing and just the fact it was early in the season …the Houston Rockets fire head coach Kevin McHale. This was a move that doesn’t make sense. McHale has forgotten more basketball than that current Rockets rosters knows and still after 11 games management decides it’s time to fire the coach? Really?
The seems like a panic move by ownership who sees a high priced team that’s not playing up to it’s abilities and a home crowd that is getting restless.
The team has played uninspired ball so far I get that but it’s a 82 game grind and they play in the unforgiving Western Conference. Yet McHale, guided the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals last season, Ownership (Leslie Alexander)gave McHale a 3 year contract extension so after 11 games you fire the coach and now you are on the hook for the remainder of the contract. Bad move. The next 11 games are said to be the soft spot of their schedule so hold off on firing the coach let the next 11 games show where this team is at, firing McHale now served what purpose? The players are the ones who should be held accountable, McHale didn’t become dumb during the offseason with basically the same group from last season’s run to the Western Conference Finals. Was this a move that was designed to keep another coach from leaving in JB Bickerstaff? Is he going to make James Harden shoot better, or The Rockets rebound better, or make Patrick Beverly’s ankle heal quickly? Can Bickerstaff make Harden and Ty Lawson jell better ? Or the team play with more sense of urgency? Usually a coaching move is good for the first handful of games then the team plays to it’s level, so if the Rockets believe they have a championship team ready to go, why make this move?
How about making the players accountable? What a novel idea.