Despite certain reports to the contrary, The Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen says that nothing about the new Rockets coaching job has been decided yet. He does mention my line of thought from a few days back that the Rockets could be perceived as waiting on Mavericks Dwane Casey, but notes that this is far from over:
There might be a tendency to believe the Rockets indecision on the coaching position indicates Dallas’ Dwane Casey is the favorite among the finalists. Kevin McHale and Lawrence Frank are available now. Casey is not. If the Rockets keep waiting, they could be waiting for Casey.
That might eventually true, but they have not aimed for a decision this week. Morey is going back and forth between interviews with coaches and draft prospects. Leslie Alexander is out of the country.
If the Rockets had to make a decision now, they probably could. And they could certainly get every thought needed from the owner regardless of where he is, assuming he is not off climbing Kilimanjaro. But for now, it is still a three-coach race.
HoopsWorld reported the other day that McHale was the frontrunner for the job, but that seems to be unsubstantiated at this point. Until more news comes out, it’s hard to speculate beyond the fact that they appear to be waiting for Casey, but perhaps more concrete news and rumors will start up again next week.