Rockets Take Off From McHale; Too Soon?

By Mitchell Lea

Kevin McHale has been fired as the head coach of the 4-7 Houston Rockets. Today, impatience has been taken to another level completely.

Yes, in the Western Conference nothing beats winning. You can have all the talent in the world, but that conference is too good to not get results.

11th place wasn’t what the players, coaches and fans had in mind with this promising season about to begin, but should we be all too surprised? When they brought in Ty Lawson, the offense changed whether they liked it or not. The defensive-minded Patrick Beverley was replaced with a much more offensively-gifted Lawson.

Basketball is a game of chemistry, however. No one should have expected Lawson and Harden to suddenly gel. Even LeBron James and Dwayne Wade needed to get into the ebbs and flows of the 2010-2011 season before they could really start dominating.

Lawson is shooting an abysmal 33% from the field and averages only 8.9 points per game. Harden’s shooting numbers is way below the norm, shooting 37% from the field, and Dwight Howard has been missing in action, having not played in four games already this young season.

McHale was doing a stellar job with this Rockets organization and yes, this slow start is extremely disappointing. However, 11 games in is too early for any team to give up on a head coach. We aren’t even in a month into this season. This is extremely reminiscent of the 2012 firing of Mike Brown just five games into the Los Angeles Lakers season. Those Lakers are widely considered one of the greatest “What went wrong?” stories in NBA history and the Houston Rockets are following a dangerous path by firing McHale as their coach.

Maybe we can all sit back and, once more, blame the Kardashian’s for this one.