With guys like Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger, Jeremy Lamb, and Perry and Terrence Jones seemingly scared off by the potential lockout, the lottery looks to be full of players who, like Andrew Johnson’s presidency or the ‘99 Spurs, are simply there by default. The draft talk all year seemed to suggest that this one would be thin, and now it looks to be even thinner (sorry, Cleveland).
Because of this and the Rockets’ need for an infusion of young/any talent, the team might be in a position to trade up.
While I am as generally ambivalent toward the draft for need vs. best available argument as I am about nature vs. nurture, I do think the Rockets’ brass can’t afford to ignore the roster of hard-working, (mostly) young talent they already have.
This isn’t exactly a profound statement. Others before me have said it, and far earlier than this. But for the record, after my initial bewilderment, after some of the tidbits that have come out in the media, I want to state that I’m on board with management’s decision to part ways with Rick Adelman.
On the surface, it was confusing. Why let go a man who made the most–year in and year out–with the hand he was dealt? Were the Rockets hoping for better results? That seemed delusional. But reports over the past few weeks have hinted at some greater philosophical discord. Apparently Morey and the team wanted an eye to the future while Adelman wanted to win. It could not have sat well with the general manager when youngsters were benched in lieu of more productive veterans for the playoff push.
I’ve lived in Houston since 1985, the year I was born. I’ve followed the Houston Rockets since 1994. To those landing here residing somewhere not in Texas, allow me to explain something: there is no Lone Star State solidarity. Dallas and Houston do not like each other. We do not like anything about each other’s cities; there is no love loss. Up until today, I would have preferred that a team led by Scottie Pippen advanced to the Finals rather than seeing the Mavs victorious. I’m having second thoughts.
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At least according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, who filed the following Saturday:
With a strong, late push in the search process, Kevin McHale has emerged as the frontrunner for the Houston Rockets coaching vacancy, multiple league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Saturday.
No final decision has officially been reached, nor are contract negotiations underway, but McHale has clearly separated himself from Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey and Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank, sources said. McHale made a strong final impression in conversations with Houston officials on Thursday in Chicago, and could receive a formal offer in the next week.
Hmmm, this sounds really familiar. A couple of accomplished, deeply respected assistants look overmatched in comparison to a charismatic former player with his own fair share of past success (though not as a coach). Man, it’s like Dwane Casey is the new… Dwane Casey. The same thing has happened to Casey twice as the charming, hilariously inept Vinny Del Negro has scooped up multiple jobs for which the two competed, as VDN went on to stumble as the Bulls coach only to recover with the Clippers last year. Larry Drew also won out over Casey this last summer for the Hawks job, but at least Drew was previously an assistant and did a pretty solid job of getting the most out of that team (even rolling at full steam, Atlanta and its potential likely max out at “feisty second-round exit”). In each of those scenarios, I always wondered what the hell could be going on in these interviews that invariably seemed to be putting Casey on the backburner. Here, I find myself wondering the same thing.
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