The Houston Rockets, 4-7 this season and fresh off the back of their fourth consecutive blowout loss, have today fired Kevin McHale as their head coach.
Although the move comes just a few months after a trip to the Western Conference Finals, McHale's firing isn't totally shocking considering the 'win now' culture that surrounds the Rockets right now.
What is surprising, though, is a fact made clear by McHale today in the aftermath of his departure.
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McHale, via Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen, made clear just how he and the team had tried to turn things around this season - at the same time, revealing what some may see as a worrying issue with his time in Houston as a whole.
Of course, in referencing the number of team meetings that have taken place over the past four-to-six weeks, McHale is most likely pointing out just how hard he and his staff tried to turn things around.
But the statement also suggests he was perhaps a little too hands off during the previous four years.
Team meetings, whether a franchise is winning or losing, are an essential part of keeping an organization on the right track. Neglecting them usually leads to trouble.
McHale's departure, again according to Feigen, came, in part, because he had lost the locker room.
Maybe if he had kept a more regular channel of communication open, rather than hitting the panic button with an influx of meetings in October and November, he might have stood a better chance of keeping his players onside when things went wrong.
Still, with McHale set to earn $12 million for his 11-game stint in charge this season, he probably won't lose too much sleep over it.
Rockets fans: Who do you want to see replace McHale, and was it the right decision to fire him? Have your say in the comments below...