Media day offered insight from several Houston Rockets players with Patrick Beverley discussing the difference between last season and this campaign. SCS video diary series offers the highlights from these sessions.
Notable comments from Patrick Beverley’s press interview session were as follows.
- Beverley is excited for the new season specifically noting the additions of new head coach Mike D’Antoni and free agents Nene, Ryan Anderson, and Eric Gordon.
Mar 2, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) hugs a fan after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 100-95. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
- Says Rockets will be touch to match up with
- On Bzdelik’s addition Beverley notes the strong defensive component he brings to the table.
- Harden doesn’t get enough credit, calls Harden best player in NBA and says he is like a brother to him.
- Expects big things this season and hopes Harden gets MVP and team wins championship saying both are very attainable.
- Compared to years past – says this is a fresh start, like moving into a new apartment, like a breathe of fresh air.
Blue Collar Team?
- Noteworthy Beverley calls the Rockets a blue collar team (that’s a first I think) saying they are hard working and the vets are invested in changing the culture of team. Will play hard every possession
- Speaks to the mini camps in Vegas and Miami saying they were helpful to get everyone on same page. Says the team is like a relationship and these camps allowed team to get ahead of the curve to instill offensive and defensive fundamental principles.
- Asked how much better the team is Beverley used the analogy of moving into a new apartment and when pressed to expand on this he says there are new TV’s and couches.
- One of Beverley’s stand out quotes was everyone including the new coaches and players have something to prove this season.
- When asked if that willingness wasn’t apparent last season or if that team wasn’t willing to grind Beverley kind of blew off the question. He said they worked through issues last season accomplishing their goal of getting to playoffs. But this season they are going to try to win every game.
- Said last season was extremely difficult trying to repeat what they did and avoids queries as to why the team couldn’t get on same page.
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- Beverley lost 8 lbs to get leaner and is still working on shedding more weight.
- Worked his ass off to get in best shape of his career.
- Noted there is always room for improvement.
- Cited how D’Antoni helped improve Lin and Nash’s games and he’s keen for how he can improve with coach’s guidance.
- Also worked specifically on his ball handling in terms of improving his pick and roll ability.
Confidence and Comfort:
- Asked if no competition for his starting role made a difference. Beverley says he spoke to D’Antoni what seemed like every day which is new for him. This gave Patrick confidence and said he is part of the foundation and is one of the core players.
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Defensive Mind Set:
- PBev spoke to his love of playing defense and points to Jeff Bzdelik being a factor for this season.
- Commits the Rockets will be a ‘force to be reckoned with this season.’
- Furthermore he embraces his role of being a defensive pest and says he even gets on his Mom’s nerves off the court. Seriously, Patrick Beverley is gold for journalists with the sound bites he offers.
- Calls Bzdelik’s coaching philosophy as being ‘one wheel, one sink’, everyone working in tandem as one unit. Beverley indicated the Rockets will employ the same philosophy and hold each and everyone accountable.
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While these are all great comments, especially regarding the Rockets defense let’s be aware every season starts with that type of optimism. Until fans witness Anderson, Gordon and Harden committing to these philosophy’s on a nightly basis, the jury is out.
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