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[ESPN / Watkins] Interim Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff feels supported by front office

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  1. Deuce

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    Interim Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff feels supported by front office

    http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/2280/j-b-bickerstaff-has-support-of-front-office

    HOUSTON -- As it stands the Houston Rockets would not be in the playoffs after losing to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

    But the Rockets' front office is still supportive of interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, he said.

    “They’ve been great,” Bickerstaff said Friday. “The organization has been great, (Rockets owner) Leslie (Alexander) has been great, (CEO) Tad (Brown) has been unbelievable, (GM) Daryl (Morey) has been supportive. Those guys have been there and helpful, anything we needed they come running to provide.”

    Morey told ESPN on Thursday that Bickerstaff’s job status will be reviewed following the season, a statement that coincides with what Alexander said after he fired Kevin McHale 11 games into the season.

    The Rockets have hovered around the lower half of the Western Conference playoff standings since Bickerstaff took over, and with six games remaining they are a half-game behind the Jazz and Mavericks, who are tied for the No. 7 seed.

    “The conversations we have are we’re all on the same page with the conversations that we’ve had,” Bickerstaff said. “We’re all disappointed, we’re all frustrated where we are at this point. There’s opportunities to be had and that’s the message and that’s our point. It’s not time to tuck your tail or put your head down or hide your head, it’s time to fight, it’s time to show up on the floor every single day, every minute, every position, see the man in front of you and try to knock him down. That’s where we are, no room for feeling sorry for yourself, nobody cares. Fight, stand up.”

    Bickerstaff has not spoken with management about his job status, and doesn’t plan to until after the season is over.

    There were high expectations after the Rockets reached the Western Conference finals last season as the No. 2 seed. But a poor start and the lack of performance by the players for McHale forced the front office to fire him.

    Houston is 33-32 since Bickerstaff took over, and he might need to reach the postseason to retain the job.

    "Desperation because we’re ninth now,” Corey Brewer said of the Rockets' mindset. “We haven’t played good all year. To be honest we’ve been flat-out terrible all year. We’ve got to play desperate, can’t lose anymore.”
     
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    Corey Brewer needs to be like Ryan Gosling in 'Remember the Titans' when he gave up his spot to Petey.
     
  3. Clutch

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    I haven't read the article yet, but just to be clear:

    1) There's no reason whatsoever to express any doubts in your head coach with just a few games left while trying to make the playoffs.

    2) There's (currently) no reason whatsoever to keep him beyond this season.

    They're going to make a lot of changes. Head coach has to be included in there.
     
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    This.
     
  5. Deuce

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    Clutch, no question.
     
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    Also when you go into an interview for a company and they ask you what you think of their company who says anything other than "Best company in the world"... "would love to work for them", etc??

    JBB knows he's been interviewing for the job since McHale got fired, and he's far from locked it down longterm. No reason for him to badmouth the team, and their support, and no reason for the team NOT to support him. Thibs isn't walking through that door on April 1st.

    (June 1st however.... )
     
  7. Deuce

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    Dboro, hell, May 1st.
     
  8. HeyDude

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    Still can't believe we didn't hire another coach after firing McHale. Morey severely overrated JB at the time of the firing, and we're paying the consequence.
     
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    Agreed. You don't tell a coach he's fired while fighting for a playoff spot
     
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    best April Fools gag yet. :rolleyes:
     
  11. IzakDavid13

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    The classic 'Front Office Support', roughly translated to '12 week notice.'
     
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    morey is not really stopping for a cannoli, Blair. he is, but just check the back seat first.
     
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    You guys have to remember, anything that comes out of jbs or Howar_s mouth is projected at the offseason (next employer) they have no choice but to say nothing but the best about the org.
     
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    April Fools
     
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    What else are they supposed to say or do at this point?!

    No way they keep him around, unless they make the playoffs (unlikely) and at least get to the Western Conference Finals (no way).
     
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    This has to be a April fools by morey
     
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    Very typical Morey move.
    "Team told me I'm not being traded", traded 1 week later.
    "Front office has been supportive", fired by offseason.
     
  19. xiki

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    Thanks.

    My concern is that while "they're going to make a lot of changes" they'll be put on abeyance until KD ultimately says, 'No.' Will it be too late by then to execute the plan, whatever 'the plan' is.
     
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    April fools!!!!!!!
     
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