Further evidence that something is wrong comes from Marc Stein¡¯s Friday report that Hoiberg is the NBA head coach with the hottest seat as we approach the midway point of the season. I wrote back in November that this could be the first season in a long time without a midseason firing, provided Alvin Gentry could survive New Orleans¡¯ awful start. Stein¡¯s researchers determined that the last season without a firing was 1970-71, 46 years ago!
Limited Mens Paulo Orlando Jersey I didn¡¯t even include Hoiberg on my list when I wrote that piece, in part because the Bulls started well and in part because the Bulls gave Hoiberg a huge amount of guaranteed money in 2015. He has at least $15 million in guaranteed salary remaining (including this season). Plus, the Bulls are still paying Tom Thibodeau after firing him in 2015. The idea that Hoiberg would be at risk seemed (and seems) absurd.
But Houston¡¯s .882 win percentage in December wasn¡¯t just a run of luck. Rather, it was a perfect storm created by general manager Daryl Morey, drawn up by new head coach Mike D¡¯Antoni, orchestrated by James Harden, and supported by a tailor-made, hand-picked cast that¡¯s propelled Houston into serious contention for a deep playoff run.
And it¡¯s those complementary pieces, behind Harden¡¯s historic run, that catapulted the Rockets into a league-best month to end 2016.
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When tests revealed Capela suffered a small fibula fracture in his left knee, the Rockets community collectively held its breath. After all, their center wasn¡¯t just a rim protector, but an effective screener whose rolls collapsed the defense and created additional passing lanes for Harden.