Everybody has heard the news. Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale has been fired a little more abruptly than most would assume. Just a couple months ago, McHale took this Rockets team to the Western Conference Finals vs. the Spurs, which had not been seen since 1997.
However, after their latest 4-game losing streak and a 4-7 start to the season, Rockets administration believed it was time to make a change. Their current 4-game losing streak has been the longest since they dropped 7 in a row in January 2013.
Rockers GM Daryl Morey just believed that the team was “not responding” to the methods of McHale 11 games into the season.
All around the league, from reporters and analysts to head coaches, many didn’t agree with the Rockets decision.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle on the firing of coach Kevin McHale: “It’s preposterous. It’s beyond belief. I’m really shocked.”
Nonetheless, Kevin also knew that this season posed a struggle that had he hadn’t had the last four seasons.
“We probably had more meetings in last six weeks than in my previous four years here. It wasn’t working,” McHale stated this morning.
Everybody knows this team is full of talent. Newly acquired PG Ty Lawson along with superstars James Harden and Dwight Howard. They also have a supporting cast that most teams would love to have. However, the problems could have arose due to the inability to work as one with various strengths they possess.
No more looking back. The Rockets need to move on. Expect to either see an insane amount of energy moving forward, or more sloppy play that many believed had nothing to do with McHale’s style of ball.
The Rockets will have to put all this behind them and focus on their game tonight against the Trail Blazers.
Tune in to ESPN at 5pm PT, it’s one of the games filled with drama that you may want to watch, even if it’s just for entertainment purposes.
Spark Sports NBA Analyst