With a full summer ahead, the Houston Rockets need to fix their massive chemistry issues via careful prioritizing of the teams needs on and off the court.
In the Daily Rocket Science SCS takes a look at the Houston Rockets news and notes from around the web:
In a span of three seasons, James Harden and Dwight Howard went from the second coming of Shaq and Kobe to one of the most disappointing duos in league history. Even in the midst of their worst season as teammates, some critics pondered will Harden and Howard ever get it together for the greater good of the team.
Now with D12 scheduled to hit the free agency market this summer, it looks as if the Houston Rockets will be on the outside looking in during the Superman sweepstakes. For fans who would like to get a behind the scene look at their toxic relationship check out Jason Terry‘s latest interview on The Doug Gottlieb‘s Sports Radio Show. In which Terry confess that Harden and Howard’s game simply did not match.
"I wouldn’t call it toxic,” he said, “but when your two superstars – I wouldn’t say they didn’t get along because off the court they were great – but on the court when they don’t mesh, when there’s no rhythm to how they play together where they can co-exist, then it trickles down to the team. Trying to get those guys to get on the same page two years in a row, it’s been tough. It’s not been an easy process. For whatever reason, those two, they didn’t fit. It was my role to kind of get them to try to fit."
For some, it’s hard to understand how far the Rockets have fallen. Just a year ago Houston had one of their most successful seasons in franchise history. A year later, they disintegrated to the most disappointing team in basketball.
With a full and busy summer schedule ahead, Bleacher Reports‘ featured columnist Kelly Scaletta put in perspective the top priorities for the Rockets heading into the offseason. Which range from creating more cap room to letting Howard walk this summer.
"The Houston Rockets had a catastrophic season in which they lost even when they won. Now with a chance to rebuild around one of the NBA’s best scorers in James Harden, they can rebound. General manager Daryl Morey is one of the shrewdest in the business, and he has plenty of work to do this offseason, a coaching vacancy and potentially tons of cap money to spend. But there is a path back to contender status if he makes the right moves. including"
Of course like most critics, Scaletta says Houston’s number one priority is hiring a new head coach. In fact, he feels that Daryl Morey should call Indiana Pacers ex-coach Frank Vogel ASAP. With rumors, that Vogel is a top candidate for the Rockets. It is easy to forget about the other great coaches who are still on the market.
In the most recent installment of “Who’s the Boss,” Gerald Bourguet of Hoops Habit narrow down the five best candidates for the head coaching job in Clutch City.
"eighth-ranked Who will be Clutch City’s next head coach? Coming off a season in which Houston was the NBA’s 20th ranked defense and offense, the new head coach of the Rockets faces quite a challenge. Here’s a look at the five best candidates for the job, including some honorable mentions whose names have been floating around."
Regardless of the moves, Houston will make this summer. Let’s all hope it’s enough to make Clutch City a powerhouse next season.
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