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Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell

Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:14 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 9:22 pm
The Houston Rockets will reportedly interview Kevin McHale and Sam Cassell for their head coaching position. Posted by Ben Golliver. 

Last week, we noted that the Houston Rockets and former coach Rick Adelman mutually agreed to part ways, a sign that the team is ready to enter a rebuilding phase. It takes the right personality to lead a young team through a rebuilding process, as going from lottery team to playoff team can often be a process that spans multiple seasons in the NBA. 

Based on the early reports, the Rockets and GM Daryl Morey have clearly decided to evaluate all of their options in finding the right person for that position.

Yahoo! Sports reports on Tuesday that TNT commentator, former Minnesota Timberwolves coach and executive, and Hall of Fame Boston Celtics forward Kevin McHale will be granted an interview.
Kevin McHale will interview for the Houston Rockets coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Rockets and McHale are still working on setting a date for the meeting, presumably around McHale’s playoff broadcasting responsibilities, a source said. also reported on Tuesday that the Rockets would interview former Rockets point guard and current Washington Wizards coach Sam Cassell as well.
Add former Houston Rockets guard Sam Cassell to the list of candidates who will interview to become the Rockets next head coach.
League sources told FOX 26 Sports Cassell will meet with Rockets officials next week.
Meanwhile, the Houston Chronicle has reported that Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, Rockets assistant coach Jack Sikma, former Rockets forward Mario Elie and former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson are among the names under consideration.

Given the circumstances, an NBA lifer with a track record of losing like McHale, whose career record is 39-55, would be a disaster. Retreads and rebuilding are just a bad combination; coaches in these situations should inspire a fanbase, not demoralize it.

Morey is statistically-inclined, so you can be sure whoever he decides upon will at least be open to advice from upstairs. Really, the Rockets are better off seeking a dynamic fresh face with the ability to develop the team's young players and whose act hasn't yet grown tired. Tom Thibodeau, Monty Williams, Erik Spoelstra and Frank Vogel are four coaches who fit that profile and have guided their respective teams to the playoffs this season. 

There's a little bit of a youth movement going on in the NBA coaching ranks, and the Rockets would be wise to get on board that ship.

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 4:03 pm

Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell

In Morey we Trust.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:47 pm

Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell

Let me get this right....we fired one of the best coaches ever in Adelman (look at his #'s) for one of these scruffs????!!!  Why do the Rockets or any other Houston sports franchise consistently go backwards as an organization??  I am starting to doubt Morey more and more everyday.

I swear to God the day we sign Yao to anything more than the minimum salary is the day I quit being a Rockets fan (I say this out of frustration and it will never really happen).  The fans deserve more than the ass9 decisions that have been made as of late.

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 8:46 am

Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell

Mike Woodson coached the Hawks when they won 13 games all the way to becoming a playoff team. He would be my choice. If that doesn't show ability to develop a young team I don't know what is. Atlanta should never have let him go.

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:24 am

Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell

I saw McHale one night on TNT. He was with Steve Smith and boy I was overly impressed with how well he handled himself.

Since: Apr 25, 2010
Posted on: April 27, 2011 2:43 am

Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell

If Cassell gets the job, will the Houston Rockets come out with a new mascot?




Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:41 am

Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell

I agree that an assistant who is yet to prove himself is a better choice than a coach who's already had a chance to show what he can do and has not produced. And they're usually cheaper, too. Coaching style and strategy aside, Mike Woodson was at least successful in Atlanta, though he failed to get the Hawks far enough to keep hi job. I have the feeling Cassell will be a good head coach- if he can manage egos as well as he manages game strategy.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:27 pm

Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell

Could be worse. Rockets could be interviewing McHale for an executive position. LOL! Dumb deserves dumber...

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 10:08 pm

Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell


It's hard to say how most of these guys would do as a head coach.  I think going with a younger guy, like Elie or Cassell, especially since they have connections to the championship teams of the mid-90's and the organization in general, would probably be for the best.

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:56 pm

Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell

I object...Sam Cassell is reserved to be the Washington Wizards next head coach...

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