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The Houston Rockets have hired Kevin McHale as the new head coach

Blogged under Big Rockets News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by alleyoop on Friday 27 May 2011 at 2:34 pm

The Houston Rockets have signed 53-year old Kevin McHale to a 3-year deal to take over as the team’s head coach. McHale last was a head coach in the NBA back in 2008-09 with the Timberwolves and he was 20-43 (31.7%). He has coached parts of two years in the NBA and he is 39-55 (41.5%). McHale was elected into Basketball’s Hall of Fame as a player back in 1999. He played in 971 games in his NBA career and he averaged 31.0 minutes, 17.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game. The Rockets must be hoping that McHale can coach up the team based on how good of a player he was. The Rockets have a lot of talent on the roster, so they might not be too patient with McHale if he gets the team off to a slow start.

Ralph Sampson was an outstanding player for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by alleyoop on Thursday 26 May 2011 at 10:50 am

C/PF Ralph Sampson was only on the Houston Rockets for 5 years, but they were good ones. Sampson played in 305 games (291 starts) in his five seasons with the Rockets and he averaged 35.0 minutes, 19.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.9 blocked shots per game. Sampson is still #8 in Rockets’ history in rebounds (3,189) and he’s also #4 in blocked shots (585).Sampson was part of the “Twin Towers” with Hakeem Olajuwon as they were both over 7 feet tall. A lot of people remember Sampson because of when he got thrown out of a game in the NBA finals when he got into it with backup point guard Jerry Sichting. Celtics’ coach K.C. Jones had to cover his mouth to cover up his glee about it. But, Sampson played in 20 playoffs games in 1985-86 and he averaged 37.1 minutes, 20.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 blocked shots. Sampson was never the same as a player after he left the Rockets.

Kyle Lowry really stepped up last year for the Houston Rockets

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Steppin Up by alleyoop on Thursday 26 May 2011 at 10:42 am

25-year old point guard Kyle Lowry really stepped up for the Houston Rockets last year. He played in 75 games (71 starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 34.2 minutes, 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Lowry has now played in 171 games (71 starts) in his first three years with the Rockets and he averaged 28.2 minutes, 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Lowry essentially pushed Aaron Brooks out of town by the way he played when Brooks was injured. Lowry has a bright career in front of him.

Kevin Martin is one of the Houston Rockets’ best kept secrets

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Steppin Up by alleyoop on Thursday 5 May 2011 at 5:10 pm

28-year old shooting guard Kevin Martin never seems to get mentioned when people talk about great shooting guards. The fans of the Rockets and Kings know better as Martin is a smooth opertator despite not getting much pub. Martin played in 80 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 32.5 minutes, 23.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game. He has now played in 435 games (347 starts) in his NBA career and he is averaging 31.2 minutes, 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Martin is the best offensive player the Rockets have to offer.