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Houston Rockets Fire Kevin McHale

J.B. Bickerstaff takes over in the interim.

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

As reported earlier this morning by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Houston Rockets have fired Head Coach Kevin McHale. Expected to be conference contenders, the Rockets started the season 4-7. From General Manager Daryl Morey:

As this Tweet points out, the Rockets ranked near the bottom of the league in several key categories:

But parting ways with McHale won't come cheap:

McHale amassed a 193-130 record with the Rockets. He led them to the Conference Finals last season but carried a 13-16 playoff record overall.

Assistant Coach J.B. Bickerstaff will take over the reins for Houston's game tonight versus the Portland Trail Blazers.