Wednesday’s announcement of Daryl Morey’s new job with the Philadelphia 76ers could have been the biggest blow to the Houston Rockets fandom – possibly even more than his decision to quit
Two weeks ago, Morey shocked the Rockets community by deciding to step down At the time, he clarified that it was a personal decision Morey even noted that it was an opportunity to move from time with her two college-aged children who were having a leap year amid the coronavirus pandemic
According to Morey, he wanted to get away from basketball and explore his other interests – life, even
Most Rockets fans believed a tumultuous relationship with owner Tilman Fertitta led to Morey’s untimely departure, but they were probably the only ones who believed he was actually going to take a break from basketball In fact, the Sixers started lashing out at Morey immediately after he left.
Hours after Daryl Morey’s split with Rockets, the Sixers estate, run by Josh Harris, was in hot pursuit – culminating with a dinner in New York on October 18 – and worked on the modernization of its front office https: // tco / 2KLwCMBNjn
Morey didn’t need a « break » He needed to get away from the Rockets and the disintegrating relationship he had with the property It should have been obvious that a man whose life revolved completely around basketball and advancing the game wouldn’t want a break Was it hard work for him? Yes But he loves it and is fully engaged
The sad truth is that announcing to take a year off, a hiatus, a hiatus from basketball was no trick; he wasn’t pulling the wool over our eyes In typical Morey fashion, he wanted to protect the Rockets franchise, his reputation and his fans Morey, one last time, wanted to assure the fan base that everything is fine. The organization hadn’t let him down – he really needed the break
Rockets fans now face an even sadder truth: They are living in the wake of a tyrannical owner If you want to be a little less dramatic: They are dealing with an owner who is not going to prioritize to make money or be completely successful Fertitta’s lack of discretion and public frustration led to the departure of the architect of basketball philosophy from Houston to Morey, and the head coach who had it. best implemented in Mike D’Antoni
Not all is dark with Fertitta this offseason On Wednesday, Rockets fans can celebrate the hiring of Stephen Silas, former Dallas Mavericks assistant coach and Houston’s first full-time black head coach since Don Chaney in 1992 (and Black’s first head coach since interim head coach JB Bickerstaff in 2016)
But once the honeymoon is over, once the basketball is back and in full swing, the dark cloud will float over the organization again. What will it take to get things to get tumultuous? between Fertitta and the head coach or general manager? Was Fertitta comfortable just hiring a first-year head coach and first-year general manager Rafael Stone because he wants to be surrounded by unapproved men?
These plots may not be true, but Fertitta hasn’t proven the opposite He has proven the opposite If he has managed to hunt the most important and most successful element of the Rockets franchise in the last 20 years, then nothing is certain
For now, until proven guilty, Rockets fans must accept that they are now THIS franchise Their owner is THIS owner And because of these circumstances Morey had to move on to green pastures
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