I'm writing this blog to openly criticize the Houston Rockets for firing Jeff Van Gundy. I would also like to criticize (to a degree) those fans who believe that it was in fact Van Gundy's fault that the team did not get past the first round. In this era of flip-flopping we saw yet another flip-flop in the NBA besides the one that our good friend Billy Donovan managed to pull off not too long ago.
The fact that Van Gundy couldn't get his team past the first round of the playoffs is not entirely his fault and I say this because if you look at the team chemistry of the Rockets how many star players do they actually have on that roster? Two McGrady and Yao Ming and other than that they don't have anything else going for them. I mean Rick Adelman? What the hell is he going to mdo? The man had about as much success in Sacramento as Van Gundy in Houston. I mean I'm not putting Adelman down but if you look at the playoff success that he had in Sacramento you can see that roughly he had the same success as Van Gundy with none of his teams even making it to the Western Conference Finals, so even given Adelman's track record as an excellent coach how is he an upgrade over what you already had in Houston with Van Gundy?
People will say that Van Gundy was not in a bad situation that he had Yao and McGrady as his supporting cast and that when the Bulls were winning titles in the nineties there was just Jordan and Pippen.Might I remind you that those Bulls teams had more than just Jordan and Pippen winning those titles. There was John Paxson, Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, and Ron Harper batting cleanup for the Jordan-Pippen champsionship run of that era. And as for Kobe and Shaq? They had Robert Horry and Rick Fox.
So before you say that it's the coaches fault that your team didn't get past the first round I would suggest that youlook at the personnel that McGrady and Yao have to work with before you pin the blame on Van Gundy for the team's troubles.