Leslie Alexander Rumors
Q: What do you like about J.B. Bickerstaff? Leslie Alexander: We spoke to him, and we think he’s a good young coach with a lot of experience. He is on the defensive end, which we really need a lot of help on. We have a good offensive coordinator [Chris Finch], so at the same time we have both. J.B. has a good relationship with the players, which I think is very important. If they didn’t know him, it would be tough in the adjustment process. Now it’s much quicker.
Q: How hard was this decision? Leslie Alexander: It was [hard]. I really like Kevin, I got a great relationship with him. The person I had a great relationship with before that was Rudy [Tomjanovich], so it was tough. And he did a great job last year in getting us to the Western Conference Finals, missing two starters; it looked like he was going to be around a long time. This was so shocking and quick.
Calvin Watkins: Rockets owner Leslie Alexander told ESPN he knew his team just wasn’t responding to coach Kevin McHale. He had a lack of confidence in whether his team was going to win the last three games. Alexander didn’t even watch the fourth quarter of the Rockets loss to Boston. “I’m watching the games, I’m watching us lose by huge amounts and not playing hard,” Alexander told ESPN Wednesday. “Then I watched the Boston game (on Monday) and before the game starts, I know we’re going to lose. I knew I was going to lose to Dallas (before Boston game) and I thought we’d lose the game before that (Denver). Then we played Boston and I was 100 percent sure we’d lose even when we were up, I knew we were going to lose.”