NBA Rumors: Rockets Part Ways With Head Coach Kevin McHale
Nba Rumors: Rockets Part Ways With Head Coach Kevin Mchale

After reaching the Western Conference Finals last season, the Houston Rockets were expected to be contenders after improving the point guard position. By acquiring Ty Lawson from the Denver Nuggets, the move was expected to provide them with another playmaker.

However, after a 4-7 start to the new season which included four consecutive blowout losses, the Rockets have made a significant change to their coaching staff.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Rockets have parted ways with McHale on Wednesday morning despite re-signing him last season. With the change, the Rockets will owe McHale $12 million:

After struggling to a 4-7 start to the season, the Houston Rockets parted ways with coach Kevin McHale on Wednesday morning, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

While Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau are available, assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff will take over as the interim head coach, via Wojnarowski:

Assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff will take over as the interim head coach, with assistant Chris Finch ascending to associate head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

With the NBA being a players’ league, it is unfortunate McHale is the latest coach to be responsible for Houston’s poor start. While James Harden finished second in MVP voting behind Stephen Curry, he has shot poorly to start the new season. Despite averaging 27.3 points, Harden is only shooting 37.2 percent from the field and 26.2 percent from three.

With the coaching change, the Rockets are looking for a new voice and hope to work their way back to the top of the Western Conference. Although many consider this to be their championship window, the Rockets will have to compete with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers in the highly competitive conference.

Not his fault, Rockettes been sucking, starting with flight by night coward.

  • Not a fan of McHale as a player or coach, but firing a coach this early in the season is a mistake….unless he lost the locker room which is hard to believe after the way they finished last season.

  • For any of you thinking it: NO. THE LAKERS WILL NEVER, EVER HIRE KEVIN “CLOTHESLINE” MCHALE. So, just stop.

  • Harden shooting 30-something percent and Dwight still hasn’t developed any real post game despite being around Olajuwon and McHale is really to blame. Dwight and Harden are both uncoachable and they now pretty much live or die with Harden playing 1-on-1.

  • I wouldn’t say McHale is a class act but Dwight and Harden are a duo that is not committed to be great. They are both clowns. Harden being with Khloe Kardashian puts him straight into semi-retirement. He’s not serious and focused about winning.

  • Sayonara Frankenstein! You’re probably a better coach than Scott but good ol’ Byron is sitting safe as we would look like complete morons if we fired another coach at this stage.

  • Funny how people are still upset with Kobe for Dwight Howard leaving. How would he have helped the Lakers?

  • so a new PG, same weak center, and a ball hog SG, and its the coach that gets the X lol

  • McHale wasn’t that great of a coach but still didn’t deserve to get fired. Howard can’t play back to backs and Harden can’t make a shot to save his life.

  • Espn reported that he did lose the locker room and the primary reason he was axed.

  • To boot, Harden is a good player but last year showed the peak of his abilities. Taking a step back from such a great year is normal and really impacting this season (so far).

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  • I know they had a “players-only” meeting but didn’t see that detail. Still, like I said above, it’s hard to believe he lost them so quickly…would love to know exactly what happened.

  • Now I’m just waiting for the, “Lakers part ways with head coach Byron Scott” headline

  • Never thought much of K Mchale, because played for Boston, today My opinion hasn’t changed !

  • Nothing instead of having one star not be able to play they have two stars not able to play.

  • Its on Howard they payed the money and they shouldn’t of he is still a impact player but can’t play everyday so they lose and that is not Mchales fault and Harden thinking with the wrong head 34 pct shooting and he shooting the other 13 percent in Odems girl everynight.

  • Given that Mchale had most of his starting line up returned and probably upgraded his talent from last season’s team that made it to the conference finals before losing to perhaps the best team in the NBA? And wasn’t Mchale there several years?There really is no comparison. Byron Scott has a totally new starting 5 and just about a brand new bench. He also has basically 3 rookie starters.

    I think anyone who thought the Lakers would be fighting for 1st place this soon in the season is not in touch with reality. Now did I hope and expect the Lakers to have a record better than 2-9 in the first ten or so games? Yes ! And I also think they are still better than their 2-9 record. I am still optimistic with 71 games remaining they can dig out of the hole. Can I guarantee it? Only if I were coaching or closer involved to the situation.

    We are 1 and 1 in our last two games and are sporting a 1 game home winning streak. Obviously we will be underdogs to the Raptors, but we have to pull for the upset.

    Go Lakers !

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  • I dont think we should fire coach scott yet.
    give him a chance to fix the mistakes.
    but he has to stop putting bass at center when you got tariq black.
    and he has to give larry nance jr and MWP more mins.
    defense helps win games.

  • Nance and MWP are getting 17 and 19 minutes respectively each game. How many do you want them to get?

  • would you hire him?
    hey jerry west and luke walton went to the warriors.
    they arent loyal to us.
    derek fisher and phil jackson went to the knicks.
    where is the loyalty Dana?

  • uhm when you keep losing dont you think we should bench nick young and lou williams?
    replace them 2 with MWP and nance jr.
    and replace bass with tariq black.

  • So you are going to replace two guards with 2 forwards? That’s smart!

  • at this point you have to play lou and nick since they must showcase them to possibly get rid of one of them to continue with the youth movement and or bring in a piece that works for the future

  • Yeah he may have since they just had a player only meeting just thee other day and now this! the must of blamed him and voted him off the island

  • Honestly, somehow part of me still wants bonehead Byron Scott to stay till February or even till the rest of the season because the Lakers had too many coaches in the last five years. Scott should stay to ensure a smidgeon of stability in the organization; it needs to look good for Kevin Durant. There is only so much to blame on coaches. Players complain about money because they’re the linchpin of the NBA and yet when a team sucks is always the coach’s fault. I’m pretty sure Byron would have a better record if he was coaching the Warriors, Thunder or Cavs. A coach’s job is to help the players reach their full potential on the court, but the players are still the ones to make that happen.

  • As opinionated back in 2013, the Lakers would’ve wasted $118 mil in resigning DH. Can’t carry a team (aside of truly improve his own game) while it seems Harden can’t while stating before this regular season opener that he was the true MVP.

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