The Houston Rockets are uncharacteristically in midst of the off season as a result of the once highly-regarded but underachieving season that they’ve just had.
There are going to be tremendous changes on the horizon and I have no idea what this team is going to look like next season.
But I honestly think that although general manager Daryl Morey was likely quick with the trigger finger, he still did McHale a favor.
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McHale was able to relax, do some television and radio spots and enjoy the $12 million in cash that he’s still owed.
Managing this team of misguided misfits is not an easy task and I imagine McHale was stressed out to no end with the situation magnified because of the Rockets unimpressive play early-in.
But we’re past that now and it’s time to go out and find a coach that will lead this team back to the upper echelon once again.
All of our heads have been spinning as us fans are trying to get a handle on who will be the Rockets 14th head coach.
But however, we’ve got a fresh golden nugget hot off the press in regard to the Rockets’ coaching search.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the team has lined up former Cleveland Cavaliers’ coach David Blatt for an interview:
This news comes as not too surprising as the Rockets have opened the flood gates in terms of compiling a list of potential candidates to coach this basketball team.
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But I like the intrigue of Blatt being able to take the reins of this team.
I’ll be the first to say that Blatt got a raw deal in Cleveland as he didn’t expect to be coaching LeBron James when he quickly decided that he was going to take his talents back home to the Buckeye State.
He and Blatt did not mesh from the start and I’m positive — although I have no proof — that he got him fired.
Let’s face it — this man knows basketball as he’s one of the most accomplished international coaches to ever pace the sidelines with multiple championships to his credit.
He most recently was able to guide Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague championship back in 2013-14.
But for most NBA fans, all of that goes out the window because the Association is considered the upper-crust of professional basketball in the world and until it’s proven that you can win at that level, his heavily-decorated resume would be meaningless to most.
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But not I.
In 2014-15, the Cavs were ranked 4th in offensive efficiency, putting up 104.4 points per 100 possessions but their defensive efficiency throughout the season was ranked at a lackluster 20th, giving up 104.1 points per game.
In other words, they were giving up just as much points as they scored.
However, Blatt did make strides in improving the team’s defense but he was unable to see it through.
The team did finish 10th in defensive efficiency this season — 102.3 points per 100 possessions — and I’m positive Blatt made an impact on that upward trend.
So in retrospect, I’d definitely be for the Rockets to hire this guy to lead the Rockets.
There’s no doubt that he knows basketball through and through and he totally deserving of a team that appreciates his tutelage.
Will it be the Rockets?
We’ll have to see.
Blatt, 56, earned a 83-40 record over one and half seasons with the Cavs. His .675 winning percentage is currently the highest of any Cavs coach in his short time there.