When Rick Adelman was brought in to coach the Rockets in 2008, much was expected of him. The Rockets had two stars in Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming and had begun filling in the roster with quality supporting players. And to a certain degree Adelman was tremendously successful as Rockets coach as he led the Rockets to the playoffs and 50-plus win seasons his first two years despite never really getting Yao and McGrady together for more than a few games in a row.
Then, after both McGrady and Yao had been injured, Adelman flew in the face of doubters to will a depleted roster to a pair of winning seasons with 6'6" Chuck Hayes starting at center. However, after a disagreement about the direction of the team, Adelman and the Rockets parted ways, leading to Kevin McHale's hire as the coach.
McHale, the famous low-post extraordinaire for Boston in the 80's and early 90's, was brought in to kick-start a youth movement the Rockets have been working on over the last few years in the post-Yao era. With a promise to play young players like Hasheem Thabeet, Terrence Williams, and Jordan Hill more than they'd been played under Rick Adelman, McHale seems dedicated to making the young talent a priority in the next few years.
However, the Rockets will certainly miss Rick Adelman and his overachieving ways. Read on to see exactly why they'll miss him.