Rockets Fire Kevin McHale, but Deeper Problems Remain

On Tuesday November 17, the Houston Rockets relieved Kevin McHale of his coaching duties, after a slow 4-7 start to the 2015-2016 season. The move came as a surprise.  Coming off a 54-28 season, McHale got a contract extension in December of 2014.  Then, the Rockets went 56-26 and reached the Western Conference finals, where their series against the NBA champion Warriors was competitive on a game in, game out basis despite the 4-1 score. …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #12 Hakeem Olajuwon

  He went over Michael Jordan in the draft, he swept possibly the greatest Finals performer of all time in the Finals (Shaquille O’Neal), and he didn’t make our top 10. Hakeem Olajuwon might be the best two way player to ever play the game. One, of only two players to win MVP, Finals MVP, and the DPOY. (The other is Jordan). A lesser known, ‘what if,’ for everybody. What if the 96-97 Rockets beat …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #16 Moses Malone

  Moses Malone was a brute on the boards, a scoring machine, a Champion, and a MVP on three separate occasions. He left nothing on the table when he retired. (Malone is one of only nine players to win three or more MVP awards, one of eight if we take away ABA designations.) The Chairman of The Boards leaves behind one heck of a legacy; a six time rebounding champ, the all time leader in …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #18 Charles Barkley

  Charles Barkley is a legend; to the older generation he was a hard working and hustling machine, they watched him battle night in, and night out for 15 years.. To the younger generation he was a controversial entertainer, a former legend, who ultimately had no problem saying outlandish things on or off the court. It’s not surprising Barkley finds himself this high on the list, he was under-sized, over-matched, and still prevailed, battling all the …

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HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #26 Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen was the perfect compliment to his Airness. Compliment. Not side-kick, not Robin, but compliment. Pippen’s individual numbers are better than he’s given credit for and the totals would’ve been a whole lot higher if he was running the offense.  Pippen’s versatility and all around contributions rebounding, play making, and defending were a big reason that the Bulls were as successful as they were. Pippen was one of the greatest defensive players ever. One …

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