Parting ways with Adelman was the right call

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.

One cannot blame Adelman.  His professional responsibility is to winning and the present.  It was not the 60-something’s concern what stood in the franchise’s future – that was not in line with his interests.  But for Daryl, the big picture reigns supreme.  The goal is to win a title and this group is nowhere close to it.  If steps are not in advancement of that goal, they are essentially a waste of everyone’s time.  Trophies are not awarded for 45-win seasons.

Now Morey will have his pick.  He’ll get his man and will decree implementation of whatever he values.  The roster is purged of the chaff he inherited.  These are Morey’s players and this is Morey’s team.  The clock is ticking and public patience is wearing thin.  Time will tell if Daryl can deliver but right now, he is the man fully in control.

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  • Apparently his pick is leaning towards McHale. I don’t know how to feel about this. 

  • Shameek Ghosh

    “Terribly”, is my answer to that.

  • Shameek Ghosh

    “Terribly”, is my answer to that.

  • Shameek Ghosh

    “Terribly”, is my answer to that.

  • Wtflife

    If we hire Kevin McHale I may give up season tickets. That would seem to be a step too far backward. I think Morey thought this team should have made the playoffs and it took Adelman too long to find the right lineup. If the Rockets get in the playoffs then I will be fine. However if they don’t then I think Morey may be in trouble as I do believe Adelman would have been able to get enough out of our cast to make the playoffs.

    I can only opinion that Kevin McHale seems to have no viable coaching success in my mind. If the goal is to evaluate young talent why not hire a young assistant and see if he has it.

  • Stephen

    Looks like Morey thinks the Rockets are on the “mediocrity treadmill” and wanted off. 
    Whether he nimbly hopped off and landed on his feet or got his feet tangled up and face-planted we’ll see in the next couple of seasons.

    Sorta lost in all this is Les is pretty tight w/Stern,a strong ally of Sterns. So the Rockets have to have a pretty good idea of what kind of Lock-out we’re facing,short and gesture driven or brutally long.
    If it’s going to be ugly,this coming season at best is going to be very condensed and developing the young players while keeping them playing hard is going to be crucial.
    For this McHale might be the better choice as he isn’t going to be coaching for his job,as he knows he has a built in expiration date w/Finch being the heir-apparent.

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