HoopsHype Chris Finch rumors

June 29, 2011 Updates

McHale may very well be the Rockets' bridge to the next era. The team hired former Rio Grande Valley Vipers coach Chris Finch as an assistant on McHale's staff and there is speculation that Finch will be groomed as McHale's successor and the eventual long-term coach. If Finch is, indeed, the coach-in-waiting, McHale is fine with it. "I like Chris from the time I've spent with him," McHale said. "I've gotta do my job. I'm not worried about anybody else's job. I better be worried about my job and doing the best job I can." FOXSports Houston

June 25, 2011 Updates

The Rockets placed the completion of Kevin McHale’s coaching staff on hold until next month, but do have one assistant in place. Chris Finch, who coached the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, as expected has been elevated to a Rockets assistant coach, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said on Friday. Finch helped with the workouts of draft prospects, attended the press conference introducing the Rockets’ four new players and a workout of the players late Friday. The Rockets had wanted Rick Adelman to add Finch to his staff during the talks that led to Adelman’s departure as Rockets coach. Houston Chronicle

June 19, 2011 Updates

New Houston coach Kevin McHale is looking for a No. 1 assistant and the Rockets are ready to offer $1.2 million over three years. But at least one candidate was scared off when he correctly deduced that a member of McHale's staff, Chris Finch, is GM Daryl Morey's golden boy. They're already talking about Finch, promoted recently from coaching in the D-League, as McHale's eventual successor. McHale's biggest task at the outset: Bringing law and order to a disharmonious locker room. New York Daily News

May 27, 2011 Updates
May 19, 2011 Updates

Another element of the Rockets’ job will be the prospective coach’s willingness to include the Rockets D-League affiliate’s coach as an assistant. Rockets management is enamored with Rio Grande’s Chris Finch, and some see him as a future head coach in the NBA. Finch had left a more lucrative coaching career in Great Britain to take a paycut in the D-League. In his first season, Rio Grande won the D-League championship. Yahoo! Sports

May 3, 2011 Updates

Though Adelman and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey came together on several issues, Morey wanted Adelman to mentor a successor that Morey and Rockets owner Leslie Alexander would have chosen and put on Adelman’s staff. Adelman was unwilling to make the changes necessary to his staff, arguing in favor of assistants. Adelman, 64, has long touted lead assistant Elston Turner as ready to lead a team, but the Rockets were not willing to designate Turner as Adelman’s successor, leading to Turner’s decision to turn down an offer to interview for the head coaching position. There were discussions about adding Rio Grande Valley Vipers coach Chris Finch to the Rockets staff, according to both persons familiar with the talks, but it is unclear if Finch would have been designated as the head coach in waiting. Houston Chronicle

The insistence on putting a successor on Adelman’s staff would not be a part of the current coaching search because the Rockets are not expected to choose a coach late in his career. They could, however, seek to place Finch or another coach with a player development background on a new coach’s staff. Finch is not expected to be a candidate for the head coaching position with the Rockets apparently seeking a coach with experience as an NBA head or assistant coach. The Rockets interviewed Mike Woodson, Mario Elie, Kelvin Sampson and Sikma last week and are expected to meet with Sam Cassell and Kevin McHale this week. They have also shown interest in Dallas’ Dwane Casey, New Orleans’ Michael Malone, Boston’s Lawrence Frank, Los Angeles’ Brian Shaw and San Antonio’s Mike Budenholzer, though Budenholzer said he was not looking to leave San Antonio. Houston Chronicle

March 11, 2011 Updates

Q: On Sunday, you guys find out if FIBA is allowing Great Britain to fill one of the 12 automatic spots in the Olympic basketball tournament in 2012. How nervous are you? Chris Finch: I'm pretty optimistic. From a basketball performance point of view, we've met a lot of the objectives that they laid out. Their biggest concern has always been the basketball administration side. And like most political change or bureaucratic change, that takes a little bit more time to get everything organized [moving from separate basketball federations in England, Scotland and Wales to one governing body that oversees basketball throughout Great Britain]. But overall, I feel pretty hopeful. ESPN.com

Q: The host nation hasn't been excluded from the basketball tournament since the sport was introduced at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Don't they ultimately have to let Great Britain in if the 2012 Games are in London? A: I never took that for granted. FIBA has been very clear that it's their tournament and they will make the decision as they see fit. I think, in the Olympic spirit, to exclude the host would be sad, but I really think they're going to put us in because of what we've been able to do [qualifying twice under Finch for the Eurobasket competition] since we kind of started this process in 2006. ESPN.com

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