The Rockets are off to a 4-7 start and decided changes had to be made immediately within the franchise.
The Houston Rockets have fired Kevin McHale, the team confirmed Wednesday. Assistant J.B. Bickerstaff will serve as interim coach.
"The team was not responding to Kevin," general manager Daryl Morey said. "There is no time in the West."
"We were starting to address some of the issues that were the reason I was let go," McHale told the Houston Chronicle after news broke of his firing. "We just weren't playing with any juice, with any rhythm. We haven't been able to get the problems solved. We probably had more meetings in last six weeks than in my previous four years here."
It's kind of odd to see Houston let go McHale less than a year after he led them to a 56-26 record and the Western Conference finals. Hall of Famer Magic Johnson also posted a pair of strongly worded tweets, saying "If it's true the Houston Rockets fired Coach McHale they made a big mistake," and "The Rockets have great individual players but they don't have great team players."
The team held a players only meeting earlier this week, and it's evident that they decided to throw the coach under the bus than hold themselves accountable. The team across the board has been inconsistent, including star player James Harden. Harden has seen his scoring average drop from 38.5 points per game in victories to 20.9 in losses. He's shooting 46.4 percent from the field in wins and 30.2 percent in losses.
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