Rockets owner says J.B. Bickerstaff will coach the rest on the season


The Houston Rockets will stick with interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff for at the very least the rest of this season, owner Leslie Alexander stated, by way of ESPN’s Calvin Watkins. The Rockets fired coach Kevin McHale on Wednesday and elevated Bickerstaff from his position as an assistant on McHale’s employees.

From ESPN:

What do you like about J.B. Bickerstaff?

Alexander: We spoke to him, and we believe he’s a fantastic young coach using a great deal of experience. He’s on the defensive end, which we actually have to have quite a bit of support on. We’ve got a good offensive coordinator [Chris Finch], so at the identical time we have each. J.B. includes a great relationship with all the players, which I assume is extremely significant. If they did not know him, it would be challenging inside the adjustment course of action. Now it really is much quicker.

Can J.B. win this job?

Alexander: Of course he can. In the event the group responds to him and we win, needless to say he can.

He’s here till the end of your season, after  which you are going to re-evaluate him. That correct?

Alexander: 100 percent.

Bickerstaff has extended been regarded as a future head coach. His father, Bernie Bickerstaff, is actually a coaching lifer, and J.B. has previously interviewed for head-coaching jobs together with the Milwaukee Bucks, Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns. If he can get the Rockets to play defense like they did final season, then he deserves to have a fantastic possibility of keeping the job.

One caveat right here: The Sacramento Kings lifted Tyrone Corbin’s interim tag final December then replaced him with George Karl in February. The Kings also lifted the tag with out telling the players. The Rockets are usually not the Kings.