Houston Rockets: Another Players-Only Meeting
By J.A. Medders
The Houston Rockets are back at .500 and had another players-only meeting.
They’ve had a handful of these disgruntled knights of the roundtable meetings. Whoopty doo. And that’s pretty much what Donatas Motiejunas said.
D-Mo : “This is the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth time we had a meeting. Talking shouldn’t be the 1 thing we do.”
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) March 17, 2016
There are all kinds of rumors and speculations about what goes on in those meetings. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle spoke with some of the players after the meeting. We can read the between the lines of D-Mo’s comments. Frustration is mounting.
Are players hashing our their beefs with each other? Did Harden and Howard take their differences and frustrations to the woodshed? Who knows. We may never know. But here’s what we do know: This team can’t handle success. After kicking the can that is the Memphis Grizzlies, the Rockets turn around and get canned by the Blake-Griffin-less Clippers. These Houston Rockets can go on a three game winning streak, only to skid into a three game losing streak. Success has been a poison pill to this group. We are the perfect .500 team.
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There is so much wrong with the Houston Rockets. Some of it is on the floor and some of it is off the floor—this has to be the case. None of these guys started playing basketball this year. No one can convince me that these guys don’t know how to play transition defense, or how to swarm the three point line. These guys have been playing the game for years. They are NBA players, a part of the best players in the world. Something is keeping the group from coming together. Fans can speculate. But those in the locker room know what it is. Why else do they have so many players-only meetings? The players aren’t in sync. At least the coach didn’t get fired this time. Whatever the problem is—or, whoever the problem is—look to the front office to fix it this summer. Morey has the guts.
The psychology and play of this team needs repair. Will a new coach mend this team’s mental state? It’s a gamble. A gamble the Houston Rockets have to take. A new lineup? A new center? Time will tell.
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