NBA rumors: Rockets fire player development coach after loss to Warriors

NBA rumors: Rockets fire player development coach after loss to Warriors

The quest to dethrone the Warriors might have broken the Houston Rockets.

Houston has been eliminated by the Warriors in three of the last four seasons, and their loss in this year's second-round might force them to rethink a number of things.

The Rockets already have let assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik go and now have let go of player development assistant coach Irv Roland, The Athletic's Sham Charania reported Friday.

This is a stunning move, as Roland has been James Harden's trainer since 2016 and is very close with Chris Paul.

Speaking of the star-studded backcourt, Harden and Paul reportedly had a "tense exchange" after the Rockets' Game 6 loss to the Warriors.

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The Rockets have been obsessed with knocking off the Warriors, and it looks like another defeat has made them truly head back to the drawing board. 

Klay Thompson roasts BFF Zaza Pachulia on 'Get well soon' IG post

Klay Thompson roasts BFF Zaza Pachulia on 'Get well soon' IG post

During his two seasons with the Warriors, veteran center Zaza Pachulia former an unlikely bond with All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson.

During their time together, Zaza and Klay started a friendly in-season dunk competition and traded playful barbs on social media.

The back-and-forth continued on Monday after Zaza posted a "Get well soon" note to Klay on Instagram.

Klay was quick to fire back at his buddy.

"Thanks my guy 🙏🏽 . I still jump higher then you with one leg 🦵 🐰," Thompson wrote.

Zaza had to know a shot was coming back his way.

As you know by now, Thompson tore his left ACL in the Warriors' brutal Game 6 NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors. And as an unrestricted free agent, he's set to sign a massive contract in a few weeks. The timing couldn't have been worse for the five-time All-Star.

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The Warriors haven't announced an update regarding Klay's injury, so we don't know when he will have surgery or how long he will be out, but he's expected to miss a large portion of the 2019-20 season.

But at least we'll know that Klay will stay busy during his recovery by taking social media shots at Zaza.

Danny Green reveals what Warriors players said after Klay Thompson injury

Danny Green reveals what Warriors players said after Klay Thompson injury

With a little over 2 minutes and 22 seconds left in the third quarter of Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Klay Thompson went up for a dunk in transition.

Raptors guard Danny Green met Klay at the rim and was called for a foul. The Warriors' shooting guard landed awkwardly on his left leg and remained on the ground in a lot of pain.

You know how the story ends -- a couple of hours after Golden State lost, we learned that Thompson tore his left ACL.

It was not a dirty play whatsoever by Green. Sometimes, bad things just happen.

On Sunday, Green discussed the unfortunate situation with media members in Toronto:

"He was going up for a dunk and he can jump. I thought he was gonna go up with one hand ... he went up with two hands and I think it's a little easier for me to get to the ball with him going up with two hands. It's hard to find the ball with one hand.

"I thought it was pretty clean. They called a foul ... I wasn't sure what happened and I just saw him grab his knee. You never know serious it is with him because he just walks through and plays through anything. The guy came back on the court like it was nothing with a torn ACL and shot his free throws.

"The rest of his guys, they were making sure that I didn't take it the wrong way or feel too bad or guilty about it. It was a clean play.

"They were like, 'We know you're not dirty.' Draymond [Green], Iggy [Andre Iguodala] they were like, 'Yeah, you went up for the ball. He just came down funny. It's not your fault. Don't even worry about it.'

"And I wanted to check on him at the foul line. He's like, 'I know you didn't do it purposely.'"

"I didn't know the severity of it until after the game ... I saw [Draymond] in the hallway after and he said it's an ACL and I was like 'Ahhh, sh--.' It's gonna be a long summer for not just him but their team.

"You never want to see those guys go down that way. They're special players and you don't want to see their careers changed, or be hindered or be over because of certain types of plays or injuries -- especially the ones you're involved in."

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Danny Green -- who will turn 32 years old on June 22 -- just finished a 4-year, $40 million contract with the Raptors and is about to become an unrestricted free agent.

Although the Warriors are on good terms with Green and could certainly use his shooting in Klay's absence, the most the team could offer him next season is about $5.7 million. So in all likelihood, he'll look for more money elsewhere.

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