The Daryl Morey era for the Houston Rockets came to an end this Thursday. He has decided to step down from his role as general manager after spending 13 seasons with the franchise.
Morey approached Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta with the idea of stepping down as general manager. The two sides worked out an agreement, which includes Morey staying in an advisory role until the team hires its new head coach.
While plenty of fans have criticized Morey for constantly making trades – he’s pulled off 77 trades since taking over the Rockets’ general manager job in 2007 – he was always looking to improve his roster.
ESPN insider Bobby Marks had some positive words to share about the former Rockets general manager, tweeting “What will I remember about the tenure of Daryl Morey in Houston? How about when a lot of teams decided to punt on free agency/trades to take a shot at Golden State, he went full steam ahead.”
What will I remember about the tenure of Daryl Morey in Houston?
How about when a lot of teams decided to punt on free agency/trades to take a shot at Golden State, he went full steam ahead.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 15, 2020
There are also people worried about the future of the Rockets now that Morey is gone. In fact, one Rockets writer said “dark days are ahead” for the franchise since Morey is stepping down.
Tilman Fertitta is the worst thing to happen to this franchise. I’ve been saying for over the past year that there would be dark, dark days ahead for this franchise once Daryl Morey and James Harden left. Today is Day 1 of that new reality.
— RedNinetyFour (@RedNinetyFour) October 15, 2020
The Rockets have won 640 regular-season games in the Morey era. The only team to accumulate more wins in that span are the Spurs.
Houston has to make sure it lands the right head coach in the near future to ensure that it’ll continue its winning ways. As for the general manager vacancy, Rockets plan on promoting executive vice president of basketball operations Rafael Stone to that role.