The decision comes as the Rockets start the season just 4-7, putting them in 11th place overall in the Western Conference. The Rockets rank 24th in offensive efficiency and 29th in defensive efficiency this season.
Separate source says kevin McHale was NOT notified via text. NOT NOT NOT— David Nuño (@DavidNunoABC13) November 18, 2015
The Rockets have failed to reach 100 points during their current four game losing streak. They are also averaging 20 fewer points in their losses overall this season.
McHale was in his fifth season with Houston and is coming off an 82-56 season where the Rockets reached the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1997. The 57-year-old Hall of Fame player went 193-130 with the Rockets and was in the first year of a three-year extension worth more than $12 million he signed in December.
Social media was quick to react to the news, including Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons.
What a shame about Coach Mac. He really helped me throughout my career and one of my favorites coaches and people of all time. Smh.— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) November 18, 2015
If it's true the Houston Rockets fired Coach McHale they made a big mistake.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 18, 2015
Kevin McHale got fired? After leading the Rockets to the Western Conference finals that's blasphemy if anything sit Harden down and tell— Worth (@Jowens_90) November 18, 2015
Wow the Rockets fire Kevin McHale that's crazy. He just took him to the Western Conference Finals. Then after a 4-7 he gone smh— Quinton (@CoolKid_Q) November 18, 2015
Kevin McHale was about the only thing NOT broken in Houston. Those players don't deserve to win.— Daniel Berry (@thedeebear) November 18, 2015
The guy lost his daughter, still brought us a winning product. Thank you Kevin Mchale. It was awesome watching you coach my team. #Rockets— Shane-o-Mac (@shaneman713) November 18, 2015
The Associated Press and ESPN contributed to this report.
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