Daryl Morey Rumors
“I just think Daryl Morey just screwed Kevin McHale,” Barkley said during an appearance on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” on Fox Sports Radio. “Obviously, me and Daryl Morey don’t like each other because he’s one of those analytic geeks who think you get numbers winning games instead of players. The guy was just in the (Western Conference) finals five months ago and (now) he sucks after 11 games?
“J.B. is great with players, great with schemes, and he’s been preparing for this his whole life,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told USA TODAY Sports about Bickerstaff, who is the son of former NBA head coach Bernie Bickerstaff. “He obviously has a great pedigree, and was critical to our winning over the last four years with Kevin. He architected the defense last year that was top 10 overall and top five when Dwight (Howard) played. Job One, really, is we’ve got to shore up our defense, and I believe J.B. can do it.”
“We believe that these players can win,” Morey told USA TODAY Sports. “We believe in the group that we have in the locker room.” To the point of returning to the Conference Finals, and perhaps beyond? “Yeah,” he responded. “In the Western Conference, you can be one of the best teams and lose in the first round. The (San Antonio) Spurs showed that (in the last postseason). But yeah, we believe we can be Western Conference Finals or better, and we’ve shown we can do that.”