As Daryl Morey continues his exhaustive search for a head coach, two new names were introduced to the fold yesterday as Washington Wizards assistant Sam Cassell and TNT analyst Kevin McHale will interview for the position next week. Neither is considered a front-runner for the position, but if there is one thing you can’t accuse the Rockets of doing in their search for a new head coach, it’s not doing their due diligence.
Cassell has no head coaching experience. McHale coached the Timberwolves in 2005 and 2009, finishing with a pretty pedestrian 39-55 record, and was also a long-time general manager for the club as they ultimately failed to surround Kevin Garnett with the pieces they needed to get him to the NBA Finals. He also was hit with a massive fine and forfeiture of several draft picks after a hidden wink-wink agreement on a new contract with Joe Smith was discovered by the NBA.
The Rockets are in no rush to fill the position, so look for more names to come into focus over the next week or so before the list finally narrows.