Houston Rockets wishlist: 5 Guys that could help Russell Westbrook’s shot
By Josh Paredes
3. Matt Bullard
Younger fans of the Houston Rockets may know him as a color commentator for local game broadcasts, but before that, Matt Bullard was a sharpshooting forward. Bullard had two separate stints with the Rockets, winning an NBA title with the team in 1993-94.
Boasting the highest 3-point percentage as a Rocket out of anyone on this list at 38.9, Bullard is more than qualified to share his knowledge of knocking down jumpers in an NBA game. What’s more, Bullard recently told us he’s been in talks with several teams about assistant coaching opportunities.
“I’ve been able to watch and learn what works and what doesn’t,” said Bullard. Having Bullard around to give pointers to Westbrook could do wonders for his shot form and accuracy. Matt also vouched for another member of the Clutch City Rockets as a possible coach, who I think would also benefit Westbrook greatly. That man is number two on the list.
2. Mario Elie
“Mario Elie is ready to come back to coaching. Let’s make it happen!” said Matt Bullard when we asked him about the Rockets’ search for a new coach. Elie has experience as an assistant coach on six NBA teams, most recently working for the Orlando Magic in the 2015-16 season.
On top of his coaching experience, Mario Elie won three NBA titles in the 90s, two of them being with the Rockets in their back-to-back runs. Elie also shot 36.3 percent from downtown in Space City, including some clutch playoff buckets.
Those of you that follow my writing know by now that every time I discuss Mario Elie, I have to show the Kiss of Death, which remains the biggest shot in Rockets history.
Elie would be yet another member of the golden era Rockets that could give the team championship experience while also sharing his shooting expertise.
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