Houston Rockets: Paul Pierce questions ‘team culture’ amid House ordeal
By Josh Paredes
The media is starting to weigh in on the situation developing around Danuel House and the Houston Rockets, the latest being former player Paul Pierce.
The NBA’s investigation surrounding Danuel House and the Houston Rockets has been the top story of the day as the team looks to prepare for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Details have been trickling out as tipoff approaches, with the latest being a report from Shams Charania that the league is investigating House for a bubble safety violation.
An official ruling still has not been made, and it appears that House will miss his second consecutive game due to the investigation. With the story continuing to unfold, the topic came up on Thursday’s episode of The Jump.
“The rules are pretty clear. You’re not allowed to have anyone else in your room,” said host Rachel Nichols. According to Charania’s article, the woman in question for “sneaking in” to the Rockets’ hotel room Monday night never mentioned House by name, and he has denied having any improper contact with her.
Paul Pierce gives his opinion on the Houston Rockets’ culture
Paul Pierce then weighed in what he feels is an underlying issue that caused this investigation in the first place. “This comes down to what type of team culture is down there for the Houston Rockets? This should never become a problem if you have a great team culture within the locker room and coaching staff. They’ve got to understand, we’re down here for one reason, and that’s to win a championship. And it’s going to cost them.”
The sentiment from Pierce seems to be a bit out of left field and premature, considering the investigation is still ongoing and nothing has been determined as far as guilt or innocence in House’s case yet.
Until the full story comes out, I wouldn’t take Pierce’s analysis of the entire organization as more than one man’s uninformed opinion.