I had a fantastic opportunity to interview the general manager of the Houston Rockets and NBA Executive of the Year, Daryl Morey. He provided some great answers and information about the summer and upcoming season, as well as some non-Rockets related subject matter.
Let’s dive right into the questions that I was able to ask Daryl regarding a wide array of topics! It was a great time talking to him.
Michael Knight: First off, one of the most important things of the offseason was the re-signing of Chris Paul. His first year next to Harden was quite successful, to say the least. How do you think they’ll continue to grow as they enter year two together?
Daryl Morey: I think they’ll just get better. I think people watched their play together last year and how it improved over time and pretty much peaked in the playoffs. Obviously, the injury to Chris derailed us from reaching our final goal there, but those two, their chemistry, I think, is going to be something people talk about forever in NBA history.
Knight: Like always, the Rockets have had active offseason so far. How are you liking these additions to the team?
Morey: We’re really thrilled about Chris Paul being back, obviously that was our No. 1 priority to make that happen. I think one thing that’s been our trademark is trying to add players that are a little bit under-the-radar that people don’t perceive as good as we think they can be, [Michael] Carter-Williams and James Ennis being two of those and Gerald Green we think in his second season can take another step forward. He was sort of born to play in this offense.
And then we have a rumored move that we can’t talk about that people seem to be split on, but people were pretty split on our Chris Paul acquisition last year and that worked out pretty well.
Knight: Time and time again the media seems to be split on the Rockets, but you guys always seem to prove them wrong.
Morey: Yeah, you’d think they would look at history a little bit, but we’ve had our share of mistakes so it’s fair for people to take a critical eye and that’s part of the role of people following the game and it’s our job to keep, sort of, beating the odds a bit.