With all the news and rumors swirling around. The Houston Rockets have had a quiet 48 hours. Leaving them in the eye of the storm.
With the Toronto Raptors making the Eastern Conference Finals a competitive series. As well as the Oklahoma City Thunder taking a shocking 3-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors. It’s been a quiet few days for the Houston Rockets.
Despite not trending over the past 48 hours, Houston’s search for a new head coach continues. Once news broke that the Rockets were on the verge of hiring Mike D’antoni, it seemed as if Houston’s long search for a coach was over. Unfortunately, after receiving an ultimatum by Dwight Howard, the D’Antoni ship may sail right past Clutch City.
"Borrego, 36, has long been well-regarded in coaching circles and would be one of many coaches to emerge from the Gregg Popovich coaching tree. Popovich’s praise, going back to when Borrego was an assistant video coordinator, carries considerable weight. The Rockets have made their respect for the Spurs’ programs very clear over the years. Borrego does not have the variety of influences that Silas has, having worked only for the Spurs and teams coached by former Spurs assistants. The Rockets’ decision to schedule a follow-up interview shows they have significant interest. The delay in making a selection could be a sign they are not sure about the candidates they already have considered."
While (for some) it’s nice to know Houston is not rushing to find their next head coach, time is quickly running out. The league is less than weeks away from its most anticipated offseason. The longer the Rockets take to hire a coach, the less Houston would look like an attractive destination this summer.
For potential offseason moves that could hinder due to the lack of a coach. Isportsweb.com reported Youssef Machkhas took an in-depth look at the Rockets’ early free agency reports.
"The Houston Rockets need a lot of help, both in terms of players and coaches. Free agency isn’t the greatest this year. Dwight Howard is leaving the team. These are all knowns; well, the Howard part isn’t a fact yet but him wanting to go is one of the worst-kept secrets in the league. I don’t even think he’s really trying to keep it a secret anymore. However, there are still many paths that the Rockets can take to try and get out of the dark, cold pit of embarrassment that they remained lost in all of this season. Right now, they’re already exploring these different paths, as they should. But before I do, let’s first look at exactly what the Rockets need to get out of this free agency. Yes, they do have issues everywhere, but their priorities can be narrowed down to two main positions. I will include two others that I think are important."
Regardless if Dwight Howard decides to leave or stay, upgrading at the point guard position is the most important move for the summer. The Rockets’ failures this season once again prove that James Harden needs help in the backcourt.
"Meanwhile, the idea of signing the likes of Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks might have given some fans the conviction that another veteran star is needed on the Houston Rockets roster. Rumor has it that the pending free agency of Rajon Rondo might see the former Boston Celtics star sign with the James Harden team. Can he do a better job in Houston than in the Sacramento Kings where he failed to successfully mentor DeMarcus Cousins?"
It does not matter which point guard the Rockets sign this offseason. James Harden must learn how to share the ball with his backcourt mate. If not expect to see another fail point guard experience similar to Lawson.
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