Rockets’ Daryl Morey talks The Tiger King, a potential lost year, more

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Concern over lost year of prime Russ/Harden?

The Houston Rockets were able to get a stellar season out of Russell Westbrook this year, in spite of all of the preseason doubts regarding Russ’s fit. The Brodie was having a career year, as he quietly had 20 points in 34 consecutive games.

In fact, Russ averaged 27.5 points per game this season, which ranks seventh in the league this season. To put that in perspective, there have only been two seasons in which Russ averaged more points, and he led the league in scoring in both of those seasons.

And arguably the biggest surprise about Russ’s dominance is that it hasn’t taken away from James Harden getting his, as he led the league in scoring for the thirds consecutive season, with an average of 34.4 points per game. Morey was asked if he’s worried about a potentially lost season from prime Harden and Russ, and offered the below response.

We’re very optimistic about the season, so yes if there’s no season somehow then obviously yeah. We have, I think, a very good chance to win this year and you guys know how I define very good.

Pretty much anytime you’re above a five percent chance you’re in pretty good shape in most sports. We’re pretty healthy above a five percent chance to win this year.

Our time is now, I think we have the most veteran, oldest team in the league so losing a season wouldn’t be ideal but we’re optimistic that we’ll get it in.

This is Morey voicing his optimism regarding the season resuming yet again, as he offered a similar response when he was asked about the league’s hiatus earlier in the interview. It’s also interesting that Morey made mention about the Rockets being one of the older teams in the league, as they stand to really be hindered if the league doesn’t return.

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