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Winners and Losers: Houston Rockets Fire Kevin McHale

The Houston Rockets fired head coach Kevin McHale on Wednesday. There's more winners and losers than Bickerstaff and McHale.

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The Houston Rockets surprised the NBA by firing head coach Kevin McHale on Wednesday. McHale departs with a record of 193-130 and the highest winning percentage in Rockets history .598%.

Here's The Dream Shake winners and losers of Kevin McHale's firing:


J.B. Bickerstaff

Do we need to say more? Bickerstaff has spent a decade as an assistant coach after going undrafted out of college and is the son of former NBA head coach Bernie Bickerstaff. J.B. has been a fixture of the Houston Rockets since McHale came to Houston. Bickerstaff served as the unofficial spokesperson for the coaching staff commonly doing sideline interviews and appearing on radio.

Chris Finch

The 2010 D-League coach of the year joined the Rockets coaching staff at the same time as McHale after impressing the Rockets front office with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Finch is getting a promotion to associate head coach from assistant and will be a more common name among Rockets fans and followers.

Ty Lawson

Lawson hasn't found a rhythm in Houston's current system. There's plenty of blame to go around for that between Lawson, McHale and James Harden. It's very obvious that no one on the Rockets stands to benefit more than Lawson from an offensive overhaul or change of rotations. Even moving him to the second team will be beneficial for him, even if he's just playing for the next contract.

K.J. McDaniels

On the Philadelphia 76ers McDaniels averaged 25.4 minutes, 9.2 points and 8.1 field goal attempts per game.

On the Houston Rockets McDaniels averages 3.5 minutes, 1.1 points and 1.8 field goal attempts in the games he actually plays.

It can't get much worse for McDaniels under Kevin McHale. Five minutes a game would be a big jump for the bench-locked swing man.


Kevin McHale

McHale was perfect last year and the Rockets organization signed him to a new three year $12 million deal in the off-season. When the Rockets stumbled out of the gate he empowered Marcus Thornton to become the best player on the team for a run of four games. He wasn't able to motivate the team out of the gate and it was his immediate undoing.

Kelvin Sampson

The current head coach of the University of Houston Cougars spent years as an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets before taking his current job in 2014. Sampson had interviewed for NBA head coaching jobs but didn't get them. It now turns out that if he had held out for one and a half additional years he would now be the head coach of the Houston Rockets.

Dwight Howard

Johnathan Feigen impressively lashed out at a Twitter-person who suggested Dwight Howard is a coach killer. Feigen said Howard was McHale's biggest supporter. If that's the case, Dwight lost the internal fight to keep Kevin McHale. Howard was sold on McHale as the coach when he signed and becomes a free agent this off season.