Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey is still obsessed with trying to figure out how to beat the Golden State Warriors.
It’s been just over a week since the Rockets lost a heartbreaking Game 7 at the hands of the Warriors. Yet, Daryl Morey and Mike D’Antoni are already thinking ahead to next season.
Recently, Mike D’Antoni talked about the team’s goals for next season. Coach D’Antoni thinks his team can win a franchise record 70 games next year and win an NBA title.
Daryl Morey told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth that he’s still trying to figure out how to defeat the Warriors, via Bleacher Report’s Alec Nathan.
“I don’t understand the teams that aren’t obsessed with beating them. To win the championship, you have to beat the Warriors. Every team should be figuring out how to beat the Warriors. So that’s all we work on. Obviously there’s other very good-to-great teams in this league, but the Warriors are likely on to winning three of the last four titles.”
Morey’s obsession about beating the Warriors almost came to fruition. The Rockets had a 3-2 lead over Golden State, but Chris Paul‘s injury in Game 5 all but killed Houston’s Finals dreams.
A lot of teams seem to be taking the path of patiently developing their young players. Then, by the time they’re ready to compete for a title, Golden State’s stars will either be over the hill or on a different team.
While that strategy could work for more conservative ball clubs, it isn’t the path for Houston. With Harden at the peak of his career and Chris Paul nearing the end of his prime, the time for the Rockets to win is now.
Some NBA fans have complained about the Warriors and Cavs playing in the Finals for four consecutive years. Klay Thompson told the media that the rest of the NBA just has to get better in order to knock one of these teams off.
In this situation, Klay is right. While the rest of the NBA is just waiting for Golden State’s reign to run its course, the Rockets are gearing up to take their place. The Rockets will be one of the favorites to win the 2019 NBA championship.