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Houston Rockets: Five Realistic Options To Improve Immediately

By Andre Cantalogo
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Dec 17, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Houston Rockets assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff during the game against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The Rockets won 115-111 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

3 – Enough With The Coaching Predictions

It’s tough performing in a job when everybody around you speculates who will take the helm when you inevitably fall down.

I say enough with the lists and replacement predictions, let J.B. Bickerstaff prove his worth. I reckon that the decision to fire McHale was sudden and therefore the existing team problems persist. The players lack intensity, energy and have a terrible habit of giving up when things are not working out.

The Houston Rockets are in much need for a shift in identity and that takes time. Last year Bickerstaff already showed his competence slowly improving the team’s defense.

You can’t see right now, but the team is changing. Marcus Thornton was rescued from deep in the bench. Clint Capela took the starting spot from Terrence Jones. J.B. surely can’t be faulted for omission. He is tweaking, experimenting, but it’s a gradual process.

Likewise It helps that he was previously part of the coaching staff. Hiring from the outside like a Thibodeau or a Brooks comes with a disadvantage: it would require a lengthy procedure of getting to know the team and acclimating with the city.

Have some faith in Bickerstaff, he is young, talented and starving for success. Succeeding in a big city and franchise like the Houston Rockets is the key to a long career.

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