Tough Challenges Remain for Rockets in Post-McHale Era

November 22nd, 2015 by Zachery Henry Leave a reply »

The dismissal of head coach Kevin McHale may have unexpectedly opened a can of worms for the Houston Rockets.

Fresh off a winning season that saw them advance all the way to the Western Conference Finals, the Rockets were in prime position to build upon last season’s success. The acquisitions of Ty Lawson and Marcus Thornton were viewed by many as positive moves. On top of that, the Rockets entered the regular season with almost the entirety of their roster returning healthy.

The Rockets were trending up—or so it seemed.

Struggling early out of the gate, the Rockets opened the season with three consecutive 20-point losses, followed by four wins, followed by four losses in a row.

After being handed their fourth consecutive loss, the Rockets elected to call a “players-only” meeting to hash out some things. Less than 24 hours after the conclusion of their meeting, head coach Kevin McHale was shown the door.

Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will now be entrusted with energizing a Rockets team that has appeared lackadaisical at times, and wholly disengaged at other ...

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