Sunday, June 4 2023

Since James Harden left the Houston Rockets, it’s been all down hill for the organization. They’ve had top draft picks, but are still trying to develop that talent and build a strong team around them. Houston is a small market franchise that needs players like Harden on the team to attract other all-stars. One former Rocket has even publicly criticized the organization for the way they are developing and handling their young talent on the team. 

The Houston Rockets own the leagues worst record at 10-30 and they are on a seven-game losing streak. Even with all the loses, Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. have been leading the way for the team. Both average at least (19.5) points and (34.0) minutes per game for Houston this season.

In their most recent loss, Porter Jr. did something that is an un-written rule in the NBA and a former Rocket’s player who’s now on Minnesota was not happy with the Rockets young players. NBA betting sites have the Rockets at (+100000) to win the Finals this season.

Austin Rivers not happy with how the Minnesota vs Houston game ended

An un-written rule of the NBA is to not score a basket in the final seconds of the game when the winner has ultimately already been decided. Houston were down by 10 points in the final seconds of the game and Kevin Porter Jr. sprinted down the court and threw down a flashy dunk right before time expired. Even the announcers calling the game knew that he shouldn’t have done this.

After the game former Rocket Austin Rivers spoke to the media on his feelings about what happened and what he thinks Houston needs to do for their young players.

“Someone needs to teach KPJ and Jalen how to play the right way, you know what I mean? They need those vets … I like those guys, they’re super talented, they can really score. … They need someone to help them take that next step.” – Austin Rivers

Veteran players on the team like Eric Gordon have been frustrated with the situation in Houston currently and might not be mentoring the young players as much as he should be. It’s hard to stay focused and connected when the wins are hard to come by. The Rockets have the fewest assists per game of any team in the NBA and it may be time for the Rockets to make some necessary changes.

Source: Basketball Insider


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