Rick Adelman was released by the Houston Rockets because he was not able to get them into the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Rick is now looking for a greener pasture. He was rumored to be the Lakers' next head coach but he was short listed because Mike Brown got the coaching job for the Lakers. He's in limbo right now. The new question is, who will be the new head coach of the Houston Rockets?
The reports are saying that Kevin McHale will replace Adelman as the new head coach of the Houston Rockets. Kevin McHale was the former head coach of the Minnesota Timber-wolves. What I don't like about McHale is that he is a self-confessed pessimists. He doesn't seem to be convinced that he has what it takes to be a good coach and a player motivator. In many interviews before, when he was asked about the possibility of landing a job as an NBA Head Coach, he doesn't seem to be interested about it. His usual response is, "We'll see." Personally I don't like to have someone like him in the Rockets' dug out because they're a team who needs to be motivated especially when the game demands a lot coaching and player motivation. The Rockets are in a process of healing right now. They are waiting for Yao Ming to be healthy again and they need to train and develop their guards to be more effective next season. Kyle Lowry is still young and he needs to get a lot of motivation coming from their new coach.
Two seasons ago, Kevin McHale helped the Minnesota Timber-wolves get to an above .500 wins. They had 39 wins and 55 losses. That is quite an accomplishment for a self-confessed pessimists. Well, I'm getting the hang of it. I think it's safer to say that he has a lot of potential as a coach. For a mediocre team like Minnesota to get that amount of wins under McHale really means a lot. I believe that he works under the radar. He might have done some intangible things that made Minnesota perform better. Intangible things such us motivating his players to do good. Often times we don't really see how hard this coach works. For me he has a lot of potential. We'll see how this new partnership will develop in the next few days.
Lawrence Frank, the former Nets' head coach and Dwane Casey, the former Dallas' assistant coach were the other two candidates for the Rockets' head coaching job. Personally If I were the Rockets I would go for Lawrence Frank because he has more NBA coaching experience than McHale who only had 2 years of NBA coaching experience. Frank made it to the NBA Finals 3 times and he still has a lot of years ahead of him. But ironically, the management hired Kevin McHale. His reputation as the coach who helped the struggling Minnesota Timber-wolves to an above 500 record weighed more compared to that of Frank's experience. The management believe that he will help propel the Rockets to the Playoffs next season.