Report: Houston Rockets to hire T.R. Dunn

By Justin Ware

T.R. Dunn (far right) watches on next to Shane Battier (middle) during his last Rockets tenure between 2007-2011

Report: According to sources the Houston Rockets are close to signing T.R. Dunn, an Assistant Coach currently with the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reported Dunn was close to joining the Rockets coaching staff.

Rockets close to adding T.R. Dunn to Kevin McHale’s coaching staff, a person with knowledge of the decision said.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) September 29, 2014

The move to acquire Dunn has come after the Rockets fired Assistant Coach Dean Cooper upon the completion of the 2013/2014 season.

Cooper’s departure from H-Town was seen as little surprise after Houston crashed out in the first round of the playoffs in two successive years. Dunn’s reinstatement (his last tenure with the Rockets was between 2007-2011) looks to be based on a concerted effort to shore up the team’s  placid defense.

Dunn had a successful NBA career spanning over a decade which included three NBA All-Defensive Second team selections.

The Rockets lost defensive specialist Kelvin Sampson after the All Star break last season. Sampson’s coaching and defensive tactics were sorely missed as the Rockets found themselves playing poor defensive basketball at the wrong end of the season.

Although Dunn’s move from Minnesota to Houston is yet to be officially confirmed, this is a smart move by Houston’s front office as they move to create a tighter defensive unit heading into the NBA season.

Dunn is considered one of the pivotal reasons that the Rockets under Adelman’s tutelage excelled as an elite defensive team between 2007-2011.