To say the Houston Rockets have not enjoyed the best of seasons would be something of an understatement. Last season's Western Conference finalists have failed to build on their success from 2014-15 and have instead taken a huge nosedive in what has been a lacklustre campaign.
In an interview with ESPN.com on Thursday, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said the responsibility for that lies with him first.
Morey was under no illusions about how bad the Rockets have been and how they've failed to live up to the expectations they set themselves.
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"It's been a tough year for everybody, not just me but also [Rockets owner Leslie] Mr. Alexander, the coaches, the players all the way down, the fans," Morey told ESPN.com. "I think that responsibility lies with everyone and it starts with me.
"It has been a very tough year in terms of a lot of the things we were hoping [to] take us to the next level, didn't and we also took a step back on top of that, so far. The season is not over but to this point we underperformed from what we did from last season."
Despite all the problems, Houston still have a chance of making the playoffs and Morey is optimistic for their chances in the remaining games.
"Often our results haven't matched our confidence, but we're a confident group going into the end of the season. We feel like we can make a run and make a real impact in the playoffs," he said.
The players didn't display this confidence last night, however, as they dropped to ninth in the standings following a disappointing fourth quarter showing that resulted in a 103-100 defeat at home to the Chicago Bulls.
The Rockets are locked in a tough battle with the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks to secure one of the final two spots for the postseason with six games left to play. They currently have a 37-39 record after winning 50 games in the previous campaign, which saw them finish as the number two seed. Houston hasn't finished below .500 since the 2005-06 season.
Regardless of how the rest of the year pans out, the franchise is facing a busy summer with major decisions expected to be made. The first of which will involve the future of interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who was installed after Kevin McHale was fired in November just 11 games in.
Morey was heavily criticised for that decision and his personnel moves in the summer didn't go to plan either, most notably Ty Lawson's acquisition from the Denver Nuggets. After failing to move Lawson before the trade deadline Houston ended up buying him out and he's since found another home with the Indiana Pacers.
The team is likely to lose center Dwight Howard to free agency and the choices Morey makes in the offseason will have a big impact on his and the organisation's future.