The Houston Rockets have decided to cut two coaches from their staff. Assistant Dean Cooper has confirmed he won’t return to the Rockets after two different stints with the team. Darryl Eto, the Rockets Director of Strength and Conditioning, will also not be on staff next season. Cooper originally worked with Rudy Tomjonavich and the Rockets, then headed to Minnesota before making his second return to Houston. No word on if any other coaches will be given the axe. Check out the rest of the links for more in Houston sports.
No matter where his travels with the Astros take him, left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel always makes time to check in with his mother. It’s usually via text message, because what 26-year-old doesn’t prefer texting over talking?
- Jason Parks (Baseball Prospectus) took a look at a few Astros prospects.
- Greg Thurston (Climbing Tal’s Hill) wants Chad Qualls to close games.
- Astros tweet of the day….
Sipp has retired all 12 batters he’s faced since joining the Astros, including seven by strikeout.
— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 11, 2014
- Jonathan Feigen (Houston Chronicle) on the release of two Rockets coaches.
Darryl Eto, the Rockets Director of Strength and Conditioning, also will not return, a person with knowledge of the decision said. Eto had completed a three-year contract with the team. The Rockets did not pick up their option on a fourth year of Cooper’s contract.
- Richard Li (Red94) on the Rockets/Blazers series.
- Andrew Melnick (FanSided) on the Rockets potentially pursuing Pau Gasol.
- Rockets tweet of the day…
Anybody missing a scapegoat? Rockets bringing back head coach Kevin McHale, have fired assistant Dean Cooper, citing problems with defense.
— Fran Blinebury (@franblinebury) May 11, 2014
- Deepi Sidhu (HoustonTexans.com) on Mr. Irrelevant.
“Honestly, I wanted to see every player that went in front of me, every player that was going,” Ballentine said. “I was going to remember that. I’m going to remember that. That’s how I’m going to work and be motivated to come in and to prove everyone wrong.”
- Tania Ganguli (ESPN) wraps up the draft that was.
- Stephen Forsha (Toro Times) on Tom Savage.
- Texans tweet of the day…
The Texans have bigger humans than they usually do. I’m a fan.