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

Rockets narrow coaching list to three names?

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
Posted on: April 26, 2011 9:14 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2011 9:22 pm

Rockets to interview Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell

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.
MyFoxHouston.com 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.
Posted on: April 21, 2011 2:46 pm

New names popping up in Rockets coaching search

Posted by Royce Young

After parting ways with Rick Adelman earlier in the week, the Rockets are searching for their next coach. What kind? The next Gregg Popovich or Bill Belichick, so they say.

Who fits that profile? Kind of hard to say, but here's one name that has come up as of today: Mavs assistant Dwane Casey. According to ESPN.com, the Mavs will grant permission but would prefer to delay the interview until after Dallas' first-round series with Portland wraps up.

Casey has been a hot name for a head coaching position for a while. His name has already popped up for future head coaching positions that aren't even open yet. He's been the Mavs top assistant for a good stretch now and is definitely looking to move back into the big seat.

Other than Casey, Fox 26 Sports in Houston has reported former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson is interested in the position and the Rockets have contacted him for an interview. Current Rockets assistant Jack Sikma is a name on the short list along with Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank and Hornets assistant Michael Malone.

One name you can remove though? Elston Turner who has reportedly informed the team he has no interest in the head coach opening.

Do any of those guys sound like the next Pop or Belichick? No they don't, but that's the point. Nobody knew Pop or Belichick were Pop or Belichick when they were hired either. Everybody is looking for that next big name in coaching. Daryl Morey is definitely concentrating very hard on this. It'll be interesting to see what he comes up with.
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 18, 2011 5:47 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 6:26 pm

Rick Adelman done as coach of Houston Rockets

Rick Adelman is reportedly out as coach of the Houston Rockets. Posted by Ben Golliver. rick-adelman

In a move that doesn't come as a huge surprise, the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Rockets will not bring back head coach Rick Adelman for a fifth season.
Rick Adelman, who led the Rockets to their only playoff series win in 17 years and a franchise record 22-game winning streak, will not return as Rockets coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said Monday.
After consecutive seasons in which the Rockets failed to reach the playoffs, Adelman and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey failed to reach agreements on how they would continue to work together.
In four seasons with the Rockets, Adelman had a 193-135 record, the best winning percentage (.588) of any coach in franchise history. He moved to eighth in NBA history in career coaching wins with 945.
CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reported that there was a good chance team and coach would part ways about two weeks ago.

At this stage of his career, Adelman is a "win now" coach, the kind of Xs and Os sideline master with the experience to take a quality team on an extended playoff ride, as he did with the Rockets in 2008-2009. 

The problem, of course, is that the 2011-2012 Rockets will not be headed deep into the postseason. With the uncertain future surrounding chronically injured center Yao Ming and with a roster devoid of top-end talent, next season is almost guaranteed to be another rebuilding year for Morey and company. Adelman -- who is 64 years old -- expressed confusion at the team's trade for Hasheem Thabeet at the deadline and it's understandable that undertaking a player development and rebuilding effort wouldn't be his top priority. For the Rockets, that becomes a philosophical difference -- or at least a difference in motivations -- that required a change.

Given his decades of experience and the fact that he's taken multiple franchises to the Western Conference Finals, there's no question that his services will command interest around the league. 

As for Adelman's replacement? Yahoo! Sports reports that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown and Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy are two potential candidates while Rockets assistants Elston Turner and Jack Sikma will also be given interviews. 
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:08 am

The context of Rick Adelman's possible hot seat

Rick Adelman's Rockets are over .500 and he's one of the most respected coaches in the league. So how could he possibly be out after this season?
Posted by Matt Moore

There was a time, way back when, when winning more games than you lost as a head coach earned you some modicum of job security. Those days are through. Now everything about your job performance is contextual. Win tons of games but fail in the playoffs? Canned. Win less than half your games but show promise and development year after year? Keep your gig! Fall prone to a roster compromised by severe injury after severe injury and still manage to win more games than you lose? 

Ask Rick Adelman how that works out. 

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports in his weekly Post-Ups that Adelman could be swept out once his contract expires at the end of this season. Adelman's Rockets are currently three games out of the 8th seed in the West held by Memphis with four games remaining. They are four games over .500. From KB: 
Everyones contract is up in Houston, including Adelman's. Theres no doubt he's one of the games finest coaches. But with Yao Ming's future up in the air, it could be time for Adelman to move on. When Portland gave Nate McMillan an extension last month, it opened the door for the Rockets to do the same with Adelman. But sources say communication and trust aren't great between Adelman and owner Leslie Alexander, who may conclude that its time for a different direction. Then there is the uncertain future of GM Daryl Morey, whose contract also is up and whose status was described by one industry source as "questionable."
via Post-Ups: Important MVP race deserves hard consideration - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball.

Adelman has a career .606 winning percentage, and is 191-133 for a .589 percentage with Houston. This, despite Yao Ming missing 187 of the 324 games Adelman has coached for the Rockets. The Rockets have made the playoffs twice during his tenure and will, in all likelihood, have finished 9th the past two seasons in a crowded West. To put it in perspective, the Rockets would have been the 8th seed in the East last year, bouncing the Bulls, and would be the sixth seed in the East currently, above the Sixers and Knicks.  

But of course, again, things must be judged in context. The Rockets had a substantial core of talent this season even without Yao Ming. Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and the emergence of Kyle Lowry as a big time player shows that the potential was there. The big collapse for the Rockets this year was on defense. Until two midseason trades, the Rockets had been one of the worst defensive teams in the league. They've made terrific adjustments during this late season run, but that inability to get stops falls on the coach. 

Even then, however, you have to wonder if Adelman wouldn't have a doubt about his situation had Daryl Morey been able to translate his considerable ingenuity and roster management skills into a star player. That's what Houston misses so dearly, the guy you can turn to to make a play for you on either side of the ball. But it didn't happen, and now Adelman's looking at the possibility of his contract not being re-upped. 

There are reasons for Alexander to hold, however. The Rockets are on the books for just $48 million next season. Even in a revamped CBA structure, they'll have some wiggle room. Daryl Morey has never had as much financial freedom as he's about to have. If he were to whiff again, or if Adelman was unable to translate an upgraded roster into victories with a healthy club, it would definitely be time for a change. But to let loose one of the more respected general managers, even after a bad run, and one of the more respected coaches, even after some bad defense, in the face of them winning more games than they've lost? 

Patience is a virtue, but then, everything has to be put into context. 

Posted on: February 9, 2011 11:50 am

The Rockets are certainly being active

Posted by Royce Young

The Rockets have been somewhat of a disappointment this season. As a result, general manager Daryl Morey has constantly been reassuring fans that he and the front office have been furiously working to get the team where it should be.

And according to the Houston Chronicle, they absolutely have been.

His team needs talent, size, defense and rebounding. Carmelo Anthony appears to be at the top of his wish list, and Morey would trade for him without any guarantee of signing him to a long-term contract.

He knows Anthony wants to play for the Knicks, but at this point will take his chances. Morey also has asked about Chris Paul, Josh Smith, DeAndre Jordan, Anderson Varejao and a long list of others.

Everyone on the Rockets' roster is available as the NBA's February 24th trading deadline approaches, but some are more likely to go than others.

That's interesting right there. Everyone is available on the Rockets' roster. That means Morey has been saying things like, "OK, how about Kevin Martin and Luis Scola for Chris Paul?"

And all of this starts adding up with the reports mentioning Aaron Brooks' availability. One day, the Rockets were "trying hard" to move him. The next, that was refuted. Hard to really know, but it sounds like the team is listening to any and all offers.

The Rockets certainly have a good number of pieces that other teams would love to acquire. Shane Battier is a perfect veteran to have for a playoff run. Yao Ming's contract of course is something a rebuilding team would love to have coming off the books this summer. Patrick Patterson and Chase Budinger are two young players that teams probably would go after. There assets in the cupboard right now for the Rockets.

Morey has proven he's not shy about making moves. His deal for Kevin Martin last season was an aggressive one. His dealing of Tracy McGrady for picks, Jordan Hill and Jared Jeffries was too as well as the trade that sent Trevor Ariza to New Orleans. He's definitely willing to make a deal if it's out there.

The Rockets are four games back of the eight-seed in the West. As they're currently built, they don't look ready to realistically challenge for that spot. So Morey has to decide if he's trying to improve for now, or for later. By the sounds of it, he's keeping his head in the present.
Posted on: January 14, 2011 7:30 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 7:33 pm

Rockets get Yao Ming disabled player exception

The NBA has awarded the Houston Rockets a disabled player exception for center Yao Ming. Posted by Ben Golliver. yao-ming

Back in December, we noted that Houston Rockets center Yao Ming suffered a left ankle stress fracture that required season-ending surgery. While Yao's expiring contract has come up in trade talks in the interim, the Rockets have received another potentially valuable trade asset as a result of Yao's injury. 

The Associated Press reports that the NBA has awarded the Rockets a disabled player exception for Yao's extended absence due to injury. 
The disabled player exception allows the Rockets to acquire a free agent, or trade for a player without having to match salaries, up to the value of the midlevel exception (about $5.765 million). KRIV-TV first reported that the Rockets had been granted the exception. Houston must use it by Jan. 31 or it will expire.
We noted back on Dec. 21 that the Rockets would pursue this exception, which requires approval of the league office.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Rockets also possess a separate trade exception worth more than $6 million that doesn't expire until the summer. While the exceptions cannot be combined, they can each be used to accept salary in an unbalanced trade, allowing the Rockets to receive a player's contract without necessarily sending out a player in return.

While the clock is ticking for Rockets, with just two weeks to go before the exception expires, they have found themselves linked to a number of trade scenarios recently, including the Carmelo Anthony trade talks.  At 17-22, in last place in the Southwest Division, the Rockets are surely tempted to explore all their options with this exception. In addition to their two exceptions and Yao's expiring contract, the Rockets also possess the expiring contracts of Shane Battier ($7.4 million) and Jared Jeffries ($6.8 million). If GM Daryl Morey is compelled to mix things up, he certainly has some flexibility and options. 

Here's one thing to keep in mind, though: the Rockets are currently on track to be luxury tax payers, so using this exception simply to take on additional salary without moving out any of their current players is unlikely, as any new incoming salary would wind up costing owner Les Alexander double. Lottery-bound teams don't often make that type of financial commitment mid-season, unless it's as part of a blockbuster-type move.

Earlier this season, the Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers also received disabled player exceptions for forward Udonis Haslem and center Greg Oden, respectively, but both teams allowed their exceptions to expire. 
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