Ryan Anderson took to the podium on Houston Rockets Media day and offered his insights on his new team. SCS video diary series offers the highlights from these sessions.
With the acquisition of Ryan Anderson this summer in free agency the Houston Rockets are feeling confident about their chances. Anderson offered his insights on how he’ll affect the overall philosophy of the Rockets this season. The following are some of the top lines from his Media Day interview.
Feb 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson (33) moves past Minnesota Timberwolves forward Adreian Payne (33) during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Pelicans 112-110. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
A common sentiment of at Media Day was the excitement the team feels, and not surprisingly the newest Rockets player Anderson echoed those feelings.
Anderson noted the team has been working together for several months and are eager to begin the season. Specifically Anderson cited the team has been working on both ends of the court.
Asked whether the Rockets has been incorrectly judged or doubted, Anderson said he feels Houston has been over looked. Hence Anderson feels teams will be afraid of them. “Who’s going to be confident to come out and beat us on a nightly basis?” Anderson asked.
Confidence was a word Anderson used repeatedly and he spoke of the chemistry calling it a united bond that he hasn’t seen in his pro career. Roles have been outlined which the power forward feels makes a big difference.
Asked what his role is specifically Anderson says D’Antoni is a dream coach for him specifically because of the run and gun style and his ability to stretch the floor. Anderson also noted he’s excited with the defensive coaching staff and is looking forward to proving he can defend (something he noted he’s been questioned about).
Causing a stir with his former Pelicans team Anderson said he’s had more wide open looks in the Rockets pick up games than he has in the last 4 years.
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Harden’s Leadership and Unfair Criticism:
Mini camps organized by James Harden were just some of the things Anderson noted the Rockets star did. Ryan credited Harden for bringing the team together and noted how adeptly he’s fit into the role of leading. By spearheading events to assemble the team on and off the court Anderson says Harden has won over the team.
When queried whether Harden gets a bad wrap from the National media, Ryan said Harden wants a cohesive group around him that accepts their role. As a result all the success or failure is on Harden’s shoulders Anderson added.
Since Anderson has played with the likes of Dwight Howard in Orlando and Anthony Davis in New Orleans one reporter asked him for his take on Clint Capela’s upside. While in Vegas Anderson says he gained a real respect for Capela. All the Rockets have confidence in Capela because he’s dedicated, talented and understands his role. Furthermore Anderson said he sees a lot of the Dwight defensive characteristics in Clint.
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