Kevin McHale: Rockets were addressing issues, but 'it wasn't working'
Wednesday morning started with a surprise in the NBA world, as the Houston Rockets parted ways with head coach Kevin McHale. The Rockets, a team with title aspirations this season, got off to a disappointing 4-7 start, and there were reports of a players-only meeting earlier this week.
The Houston Chronicle reports that McHale felt the Rockets were addressing the issues at hand, but that the situation in Houston ultimately wasn't working:
“We were starting to address some of the issues that were the reason I was let go,” McHale said. “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 wasn’t working.”
McHale had a 193-130 career record in the regular season with the Rockets. The team was 13-16 in the playoffs under his leadership as well. Yet general manager Daryl Morey told reporters that the Rockets didn't have time to wait for the situation to be resolved:
The Rockets face the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night before hosting the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. Assistant coach J. B. Bickerstaff will take over as interim head coach.