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Rockets to interview long list of top assistant coaches

Apr 21, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

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The problem wasn’t Rick Adelman’s body of work, it was the feeling by Houston Rockets management he wasn’t the guy for a rebuilding team.

They want a young coach to grow with and mold a rebuilding team, and so they are reaching out to top assistants from around the league, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Rockets are interested in a long list of assistants, including San Antonio’s Mike Budenholzer, New Orleans’ Michael Malone, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Dean Demopoulos, Philadelphia’s Quin Snyder and Memphis’ Dave Joeger, along with former head coaches Lawrence Frank, an assistant in Boston, and Dwane Casey, an assistant in Dallas. The Rockets will seek a meeting with the Lakers’ Brian Shaw if he is not named the successor to Phil Jackson in Los Angeles.

Essentially, cast a wide net and see what you can reel in. Someone who has experience but can grow with this team ideally. Maybe catch lightning in a bottle.

That kind of list also means they are not rushing this decision. They have time and they are going to make a call they are comfortable with. So sit back, relax and take a sip of your favorite drink Rocket fans, this is going to take a while.

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