Houston Rockets: 5-Step Process to Regaining NBA Playoff Contender Status

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Houston Rockets: 5-Step Process to Regaining NBA Playoff Contender Status
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The Houston Rockets are in a state of flux after failing to reach the postseason for a second consecutive year.

The early demise of the Tracy McGrady-Yao Ming era has left the organization in an awkward position. The team is great on some nights, over-matched on others, but always competitive. They're a nice group and a good story of perseverance, but at the end of the day, the Rockets are good enough to just miss the playoffs, but not bad enough to have a realistic shot at a high draft choice.

Owner Les Alexander is frustrated. He came on board in the mid-90s and immediately won two championships. Since then his team has won four playoff series. He and general manager Daryl Morey are looking for another head coach after parting ways with Rick Adelman last week.

Just how far away is Houston from becoming a yearly contender again? Hiring the right coach will go a long way in providing a clearer answer, but the work doesn't stop there. 

The Rockets are closer than most give them credit for, and if they follow this five-step process, they'll have themselves right back in the mix.

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