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The Houston Rockets entered this season with high expectations after winning the Dwight Howard sweepstakes last offseason. The Rockets finished the season with a 54-28 record, good for the fourth seed in the West. Houston was heavily favored entering their first round matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers, however, after two monster performances from LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, the Rockets are facing a first round exit. James Harden in particular has struggled on both sides of the ball and will need to turn things around quickly for Houston to have any shot at advancing to the next round.
While McHale has not established himself as a top head coach in the league, he has the support of key players like Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons, according to ESPN. It is probably too soon to drop McHale after one season with Harden, Howard and Parsons together, but there will be people that feel the team needs a more established coach.
After receiving feedback from NBA executives, the Harrison twins have decided to return to the University of Kentucky for their sophomore seasons. It seems that both Aaron and Andrew were considered at best late first round picks, and thus opted to return to UK.
UK is bringing back six of its eight top players from last year and adding four McDonald’s All-American freshmen. The Harrison twins bring back experience and stability to the Wildcats’ back court and round out a roster stacked with talent.
While the Wildcats lost Julius Randle and James Young to the NBA, they should be considered a favorite to contend for the NCAA Championship next season.
In 2013, George Karl coached the Denver Nuggets to a franchise-record 57 win season, and won Coach of the Year. However, the Nuggets fired Karl after the team lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Golden State Warriors. Karl got the Nuggets to the playoffs each of the nine seasons he coached in Denver, however the team only advanced past the first round once in 2009.
Over 25 NBA seasons, Karl has an overall coaching record of 1,131-756. He is the seventh coach in NBA history to win over 1,000 games, but now seems to be interested in a front office job.
Other successful coaches, such as Pat Riley, Flip Saunders and now Phil Jackson have taken on team president positions and it seems Karl is now interested in the challenge of putting together a winning team as well. Whether he comes back as a coach or team president, expect Karl to be back in the NBA sooner rather than later.
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