James Harden and Russell Westbrook have expressed concerns over the direction of the Houston Rockets, and it’s not hard to see why.
First, Mike D’Antoni, their head coach of the past five years, let his contract expire to become an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets. Then Daryl Morey, their general manager of the past thirteen years, stepped down before taking over the 76ers.
On top of that, rumors persist that Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta won’t continue to spend big, even with public assurances that the Rockets still have championship aspirations. Trade rumors continue to circulate around Russell Westbrook and now there is concern that Harden could want out too.
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For all the doom and gloom surrounding the Rockets, the truth remains, as currently constructed, they are a playoff team. While they might not be able to secure the four seed again, the Rockets will likely be a top-10 team.
The Rockets have become prisoners of their own success but the truth remains, this is a team trending in the wrong direction.
The Rockets say they are still in win-now mode. So why are Westbrook and Harden concerned? At just about every aspect of the organization, there are warning signs. The financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic could weigh heavily on Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta.
The production on the court has waned. Russell Westbrook remains in trade rumors, and it’s no surprise that James Harden is having second thoughts. The Rockets are at a crossroads and the question remains, what direction are they heading in?
Next: The financial state of the Rockets