What I think is either getting overlooked or overrated is Kevin McHale. Looking at his track record, up until now with the Rockets he was a very underachieving coach since Minny. Although you can say it was all lack of talent, but that excuse runs deep throughtout the league. I can't say I know the particlular style of the Rockets last year, just know relied on perimeter shooting and penetration, I cannot even say how efficient defensively they were.
Supposedly Howard was getting sold on McHale and Olajuwon understanding him and making the most of his abilities, but is McHale even a coach capable of that or just trying to win over Howard at any cost. I actuallly think McHale won't be able to get the most of this roster, in partciuclar to Howard, but you cannot let the media find out of any disharmony since Howard has run out of any general good will. A simple scenario is expecting Howard to do something you could in your playing days, sets him up to fail, howard is nowhere near as skilled as McHale was, even more bleak would be Olajuwon.