How Daryl Morey’s final season with the Rockets encapsulated his tenure

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Houston Rockets’ general manager Daryl Morey’s final season at the helm was a microcosm of everything that made him one of the best and most divisive executives in the league.

After 14 seasons with the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey has decided to step down, as he made his intentions known to ownership after the Rockets’ playoff elimination to the Los Angeles Lakers. Morey’s final role with the franchise will be as an advisor to help find the Rockets’ next head coach.

Rafael Stone, who has been with the organization since 2005, will follow in Morey’s footsteps and take over the role of general manager. Daryl Morey’s legacy with the Rockets is complicated and his final season, while not his finest, encapsulated all the things that made him a fantastic and sometimes enigmatic general manager.

The 2019-20 season was a microcosm of Daryl Morey’s tenure with the Houston Rockets, as an examination of the season allows one to see all that was good and bad about his reign. It had everything that has made him one of the most successful and polarizing front office executives in league history.

It had massive trades, wildly innovative-yet-scrutinized basketball philosophy, and even a benign tweet that cost the NBA hundreds of millions of dollars. It also had the most harrowing feat for Rockets fans, the annual playoff exit.

Morey spent his time in Houston pushing the boundaries of basketball and for that, he will always be remembered. However, the lone dark spot on his resume remains, as the lack of a Finals appearance, let alone a championship, will cast a towering shadow over his legacy.

Daryl Morey’s last act is a testament to his will and savvy, as well as his folly.

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