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Rockets narrow coaching list to three names?

Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:35 am
Edited on: May 10, 2011 4:30 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The Rockets have interviewed so many candidates for their head coaching position that there's actually a decent statistical chance that you were one of them. The team actually intends to meet with more prospective coaches too before turning over an official recommendation to owner Leslie Alexander.

But according to the Houston Chronicle, Morey has his eye on three main candidates -- Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and former Timberwolves executive (and coach) Kevin McHale.

What you'll see there is no current head coaches. The Rockets have said to be hunting the next great coaching find, a la Bill Belichick or Gregg Popovich, so they're going more of the assistant route. Now all three of those guys have held head coaching positions at one time or another. Which fits the pedigree that Rockets are looking for.

There is also an expectation that Morey will meet with Lakers assistant Brian Shaw at some point. Shaw of course is a leading candidate for the Lakers' head coaching job but things are a bit cloudy there right now with the way the team crumbled.
Category: NBA

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: May 11, 2011 11:36 am

Rockets narrow coaching list to three names?

McHale is better than you think as a coach(manager is another story..he was terrible)
and he is the only one that's some leadership(also young players know about him)
the other candidates  can not handle a nba team and they don't have the leadership(also with the ownership)to give a new direction..
another factor to count:at now..the team is without talent

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 12:11 pm

Rockets narrow coaching list to three names?

They should go with Casey.  Mchale is a bum and even if he decided to coach, it would be a short term solution.  When he was with Mn. he had no desire to coach more than a season or two.  They shouldnt go with Shaw because all of Phil Jackson's assistants are bums.  Google Phil Jackson's coaching tree.  You get nada, none have been successful.  20 years in the league, 11 championships and not one of your assistants have even had a small amount of success on their own?    I am from Mn. and am a Twolves fan, we made the great move of hiring Kurt Rambis away from Phil Jackson.  How has that worked out for us?  Casey also coached the Wolves.  He had a losing record, but he can coach. He won more games with less talent that rambis and Mchale combined.  Be smart and go with Casey!~

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:23 am

Rockets narrow coaching list to three names?

While I generally don't care about the Rockets franchise (thanks for beating my Knicks in the finals in 95/96), they'd be wise to stay away from McHale....I don't think Casey is ready for the job, and Frank, while good in New Jersey, INHERITED a playoff caliber team off the bat....Once the pieces started falling apart, Frank couldn't coach the team up. 

Since: May 3, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 3:17 am

Rockets narrow coaching list to three names?

Better no hire McHale. He will trade all your best player(s) to the Celtics. Just like he did with Minnesota. You know where the Timberwolves have been since he did it.....the basement of the NBA.

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: May 10, 2011 2:25 am

Rockets narrow coaching list to three names?

Let's hope for the sake of the Rockets, they aren't serious about McHale. He set the Timberwolves franchise back several decades. My pick would be Casey, there is no way Shaw is leaving the Lakers, especially with Phil most likely heading into retirement.

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:09 am

Rockets narrow coaching list to three names?


I'm a bit confused, seeing as all three of these guys have been head coaches before, and while Frank started out well, none of the three were successful.

Dwane Casey, in particular, is unimpressive.  None of these guys is like Tom Thibodeau or Erik Spoelstra.

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