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On paper, the Houston Rockets should be a good basketball team. With players like James Harden and Dwight Howard, among others, there are plenty of parts that would make one think that the team has a decent future—but interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff isn’t one of them.
After Bickerstaff had to coach the dysfunctional team for the remaining 71 games of the regular season following the firing of Kevin McHale, he actually pulled the plug on wanting to go through that shit again, removing his name from consideration. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
After a meeting with ownership and the front office on Monday, Houston Rockets interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff has informed team officials he’s no longer a candidate for the head-coaching job, league sources told The Vertical.
Other NBA teams have started reaching out to Bickerstaff about lead assistant coaching positions, and that’s where he’s transitioned his focus, league sources said.
There are 30 men on the planet who get the chance to be a head coach of an NBA team, yet Bickerstaff would rather return to being an assistant coach for someone else than even consider trying to handle the clashing egos on the Rockets. Houston, you have a problem—and it’s fucking hilarious.