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Houston Rockets 2015 Media Day: Terrence Jones Grows On & Off Court

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Continuing the Houston Rockets 2015 Media Day, Terrence Jones took to the podium to discuss his new team, opportunity and what he expects.

What stood out the most when Jones took to the podium is how ripped he looks. He arrived to the podium receiving applause from at least one media person in attendance showcasing his good nature. Jones spent his summer working on many facets of his game, but the one thing he kept referring back to is his personal growth in the off season.

Terrence Jones is in the building. Says last year's experience with injuries has made him mentally tougher. #Rockets pic.twitter.com/XfM0xZHDji

— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) September 28, 2015

Obviously his trip to Africa left an indelible impression on him as he referenced that visit on more than one occasion.

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As for the work he said he put in a lot of work on his shooting and becoming quicker in his sets. The goal for Jones he said is to make life easier for his teammates an to be able to spread the floor. Does this point to Jones possibly moving back a bit further to take more shots behind the arc?

When head coach Kevin McHale spoke the one player he felt was about to have a break through season was Jones. While McHale didn’t use the words break through he did say he was expecting “big things” from Jones. That’s about as close as coaches get to saying break through in my experience.

Of note: clicking the Twitter link below will allow you to view his interview in it’s entirety:

Media Day 2015 – Terrence Jones http://t.co/zZK8R97BPU via @houstonrockets

— Space City Scoop (@SpaceCity_Scoop) September 29, 2015

Jones definitely wasn’t bouncing around like his teammate Ariza, but he tends to be a softer spoken player who you can tell is focused on having a consistent, healthy season with plenty of growth.

Like his teammates he credited McHale as a coach and spoke of his excitement regarding the versatility of the team and roster depth.

Certainly the pundits are feeling somewhat similar to McHale when it comes to Jones. Steve Smith of nba.com said while he expects the Rockets will still get home court he thinks the 3 players who’ll make the difference whether they improve are Sam Dekker, Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones.

Stay with Space City Scoop as we bring you the highlights from the player’s at the podium today and make sure to make us a daily stop for all things Houston Rockets. As we gear up for the season watch for our Space City Scoop team Round Table or our Player Profiles.

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