They haven’t been quite good enough to make the playoffs, and haven’t been bad enough to score a high draft pick.
This has made rebuilding incredibly difficult for the Rockets, but professional sports are a results-oriented businesses.
Here’s a look at five reasons why Morey shouldn’t be back.
Someone needs to take responsibility for the lack of success the Rockets have had, and the most significant constant is Morey.
The Rockets have fallen just short of the playoffs since 2009 and were awarded the 14th pick in the draft each of the last three seasons.
The struggle to remain competitive has been a harsh road so far.
Morey’s never-ending quest to land a superstar looked like it would come to an end with Dwight Howard’s availability over the summer, but that didn’t happen.
The Rockets are seemingly in every conversation for a superstar on the block, and nothing ever materializes. While this may not be entirely Morey’s fault, perception is reality in cases like these.
Morey has yet to land a superstar for Houston to build around, and their struggle to remain relevant becomes tougher as each star ends up somewhere else.
This word has become a staple around Houston, and it applies to nearly every player on the roster.
Every one of Morey’s decisions on personnel has been with flexibility in mind.
None of this clever and shifty maneuvering has amounted to anything at this point, and patience can diminish quickly.
More importantly, players don’t like being treated like assets either.
Morey’s plan to help the Rockets achieve contender status isn’t exactly conventional.
Most of his activity has consisted of lateral moves for players with more contract flexibility and largely ineffective free agents like Trevor Ariza.
Their desire to remain competitive is likely the biggest factor in preventing them from scoring a high pick in the draft.
Things have changed this year, as they've decided to go young and surround Jeremy Lin with young talent. Still, the shift in plans may have come too late.
While Kevin McHale hasn't done a horrendous job, a coaching change was unnecessary in the first place.
The front office in Houston came to a mutual decision with Adelman that saw them part ways after the 2010-2011 season.
Adelman mentioned the lack of communication between the front office and himself, which is further troubling.
In the end, both went their separate ways on rather peaceful terms, but there's no telling the perception others around the league have of the Rockets' front office and how they deal with head coaches.