Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE
Head coach Kevin McHale has a long road ahead of him. How long that road is will be determined on how the Houston Rockets season ends in 2013. Houston will have a lot of new faces who all have question marks surrounding them. It’s definitely a rebuilding season, but GM Daryl Morey and Owner Les Alexander will still expect more positives than negatives next season. If they don’t show enough progress after next season I wouldn’t be surprised to see a coaching change.
The Houston Rockets had a very disappointing season last year, finishing with a 34-32 record. They finished fourth in their division, just behind the Dallas Mavericks. With many veterans and a deep roster, fans expected much more out of them. After another mediocre season the Rockets basically cleaned house when it came to the veterans of the team. Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry, Chase Budinger, Goran Dragic and many more were shipped out. After just one season as the Rockets head coach, Kevin McHale looks to already be on the hot seat.
McHale struggled to figure out which lineups worked best for him in certain situations. He almost seemed clueless. At times he would play Scola and Patrick Patterson together. Even a toddler could tell you how bad of an idea that is. He used rookie Chandler Parsons very well, while the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft Marcus Morris was used like a piece of meat, being shipped from the D-league and back to the end of the bench a couple of times. Morris never found much playing time and played in just 17 of the possible 66 games.
McHale may be a hall of famer and one of the greatest players of all time, but he’s far from that as an NBA coach. I only expect the Rockets to win anywhere from 28-35 games next season. Even with that record McHale can still keep his job, as long as the team shows progress and the young guys develop quickly. If Houston doesn’t show much improvement and they win less than 28 games the Houston Rockets will be going through another coaching search after the 2012-2013 season.