While NBA teams continue to fill vacant head and associate coach positions the Houston Rockets are still actively searching and interviewing.
Space City Scoop has written almost as many articles on the ongoing head coach search as our year end player review series or draft prospect series. The point is the Rockets search is reaching unparalleled levels.
With that in mind perhaps the Rockets are closing in on a true choice given the second interview of San Antonio Spurs Associate Coach: James Borrego. Although Borrego is considered a top candidate at this point there seems to be no rhyme or reason for what the Rockets are seeking.
To wit, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle points out there have been at least 12 candidates who have sat in an interview chair.
"Alexander has also met with Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas and 76ers associate head coach Mike D’Antoni, with both considered finalists for the position. Borrego and Magic assistant coach Adrian Griffin met with Morey on Monday, bringing the total to 12 coaches known to have interviewed for the position."
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They’ve interviewed top defensive coaches and they’ve interviewed top offensive coaches which makes deciphering what the franchise is searching for a difficult task and has many in the media grasping for some idea of Houston’s goals.
Given the late nature of this second interview, our best guess is the Rockets are looking to emulate the example of the Spurs. San Antonio has long been known to exhibit a strong identity, but has Borrego been there long enough to carry over that attitude. Previous Assistants to Gregg Popovich have exceeded to varying degrees. Coach Bud (Mike Budenholzer) and Steve Clifford have excelled whereas Brett Brown has been mired in the Sam Hinkie experiment in Philly.
One thing is certain, it’s time the Houston Rockets lock down their coach and move on to the business at hand.
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