Interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is rumored to have no interest to coach the Houston Rockets next season. According to Yahoo Sports, Bickerstaff informed the team’s officials that he is no longer a candidate for the head-coaching job after a meeting with the Rockets’ management on Monday.
The Houston Rockets were facing a different kind of issues after their disappointing loss to the Curry-less Golden State Warriors in the first round of the Western Conference playoff series.
According to a previous report, there were disputes between Rockets star Dwight Howard and James Harden, who were having a hard time finding their chemistry in the team. Also, the two superstars were reportedly wanting to be the main focus in the Rockets’ offensive end.
It seems like Bickerstaff cannot handle the pressure and finding its hard to manage the team he once called ‘broken’ so he decided to leave the Rockets to look for another job in the league. According to a report from Deadspin, Bickerstaff said that he would rather be an assistant coach for the other teams than to coach the Rockets again in the next season.
J.B. Bickerstaff took over the Houston Rockets’ coaching position when the management fired Kevin McHale in November. Bickerstaff managed to set up a record of 37-34 as interim head coach and bring the Rockets in the Western Conference playoffs.
Other teams are reaching out Bickerstaff about lead assistant positions and there are reports that he is interested in grabbing the job.
On the other hand, the Houston Rockets are already on their way in searching the right person for the vacant position. Among their candidates are Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell, Houston assistant Chris Finch, Philadelphia 76ers assistant Mike D’Antoni, former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, Charlotte Hornets assistant Stephen Silas and former Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy.
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