After the Houston Rockets dropped the first two games of their first round playoff series to the Portland Trail Blazers at home, the finger pointing began.
Their stars, Dwight Howard and James Harden and their coach, Kevin McHale, took most of the blame.
McHale’s situation is interesting because he has not received a contract extension and coaches would likely be lining up to coach a team as talented as the Rockets.
However, according to a report from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles and Marc Stein of ESPN.com, there is plenty of support for McHale within the organization.
Although there is no guarantee he would survive a first-round exit — particularly a sweep — sources told ESPN.com that the prevailing feeling in team circles is that McHale “deserves more than one season with this group.” McHale has strong support from high-profile Rockets such as Howard and forward Chandler Parsons, sources said, and it’s believed general manager Daryl Morey and his front office also prefer to see this group — which is the youngest team in the postseason with an average age of 25.7 — grow together.
Sources say McHale likewise is regarded as a favorite of Rockets owner Les Alexander.
McHale is 133-97 in three seasons with the Rockets.