One year after making the Western Conference Finals, the Rockets barely scraped into the playoffs and went through a tumultuous season that included the firing of head coach Kevin McHale, the failed Ty Lawson experiment and reported tension between Dwight Howard and James Harden. Now, owner Leslie Alexander, who has largely stayed out of the way in recent years, says he wants to have more of a say in things.
“I think I will change a little bit,” Alexander said after the Rockets’ practice Friday in preparation for Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series against Golden State. “More scrutiny and what they’re doing. I was thinking about doing it anyway but after this season, definitely.”
Alexander has already said that GM Daryl Morey’s job is safe, but he’s going to be more involved in what will be an eventful summer. The Rockets still have to hire a coach, and they are expected to revamp the roster, maybe even including letting Howard walk in free agency.