The Rockets season ended on April 27th, 2016 with a loss to the Golden State Warriors. The season started off disappointing the many fans that expected great things from the Rockets after a trip to the conference finals last year. They fired coach Kevin McHale after a 4-7 start to the season. Even after the firing of coach Kevin McHale the team still did not find its rhythm from last year and ultimately ended the season as the 8th seed in the Western Conference with a 41-41. The problems coming into the season included James Harden showing up to training camp out of shape, team chemistry deteriorated between the super stars in the team, and the lack of effort from all the players on the team. The problems were magnified as the team kept on losing, and the team chemistry started to get even worse. In addition the mid season trade talks about Dwight Howard alienated him from the team, and caused a rift between the teammates. At the end of Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors, the look on the Rockets bench as James Harden hit the game winner showed how dysfunctional our team truly was. This picture might show who exactly is staying on the team next year.
Moving onto the next season, we can expect great changes to occur. Firstly Dwight Howard will most definitely leave the team, which will leave cap room for the Rockets to sign other super star players such as Kevin Durant. Additionally players like Jason Terry, and Corey Brewer will be put in the hot seat after an atrocious shooting season between the two. James Harden will be making the important team decisions now, such as choosing the head coach, and recruiting super star players. The only thing that Rockets fans can hope for now is that next season will be infinitely better then this current season.