Media day offered insight from several Houston Rockets players with Trevor Ariza opining on the difference between last season and this campaign. SCS video diary series offers the highlights from these sessions.
Notable comments from Trevor Ariza’s press interview session were as follows.
Jan 10, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) attempts to save a ball from going out of bounds during the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 107-103 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Changes from last season:
- Last season was frustrating because the team couldn’t figure it out as a unit.
- Ariza felt like the Rockets kept taking steps in the right direction, but ultimately they never could get over the hump
- Trevor says the new signings and mini camps Harden organized have been positives.
Excitement for this season:
- Feels good given everyone has been upbeat. (again, another reference to last season’s chemistry issues).
- All the time the team has spent off the court has helped the Rockets to gel.
- Notes Harden has taken a step to become ‘more of a leader’.
- When asked specifically about Harden’s leadership Ariza claimed Harden will be a better leader this season.
- Level of excitement is high and believes new system will result in improvements over last season.
- Trevor noted the additions of Nene, Gordon and Anderson allow for input on how different teams handle situations
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Ariza’s own insights:
- Calls this season a fresh start for him
- Notes he has always wanted to play for Mike D’Antoni
- Had opportunity to play with Eric Gordon when he was in New Orleans and is excited to play with him again.
- Feels D’Antoni is more open to how the players read the game stating the sets will come from what the game offers as opposed to specific plays.
- Super excited about how his game will be affected positively by free agent additions. Specifically points to Nene and Anderson who he calls excellent passers and how Ryan will open the floor for everyone.
- Asked which team would win between last year’s squad and this seasons Ariza emphatically said this season. He cites the vibe of the team being better with more offensive talent which means they’ll be harder to defend.
SCS video diary series will offer insight from Media Day, Training Camp as well as bring you tidbits to allow you to become more familiar with new players.