The Rockets have the assets and the flexibility to add one more big-name player. Almost unanimously, Aldridge has been at the top of every diehard’s wish list for the next acquisition. I asked LaMarcus how he felt about Harden and if he could see himself fitting in.
Earlier today I recorded a podcast previewing tonight’s Rockets/Trail Blazers game with fellow TrueHoop writer Sean Highkin of Portland Roundball Society. Click the link above to give it a listen. We discussed why the likes of Royce White, Donatas Motiejunas, and Terrence Jones aren’t playing; whether James Harden’s success is sustainable; all things Omer Asik; and much, much more.
Yesterday I wrote that there’s no better time to be a Rockets fan than right now, and if tonight’s game plays out exactly like I think it will (fast, exciting, millions of points scored by both teams), this one qualifies as a must watch.
On Halloween, James Harden led the Rockets to a win and spoiled the Pistons’ home opener. Last night, James Harden led the Rockets to a win and spoiled the Hawks’ home opener. There is a pattern emerging in the NBA and the league has now officially put the Rockets on ‘spoiler alert’ status. Tonight at 7 pm Harden will finally take his talents to Houston and be in front of his new home crowd as the Rockets will host the Portland Trailblazers in their own home opener.
The Houston Rockets are a young team. Young teams commit mistakes. Teams that suffer a high roster turnover, that need to adjust to the habits of idiosyncrasies of one another, commit mistakes. And in basketball, a sport where maybe 5 possessions out of 100 can swing the outcome of a game, teams cannot afford to make lots of mistakes.