#3. Chemistry has been a major key to recent success
Compared to last year’s Houston Rockets roster, P.J. Tucker, reserve Eric Gordon, Ben McLemore and utility player Danuel House are the only players remaining from last year’s squad. The team went through some early pain points this season with the shortened offseason and key personnel missing at the time of training camp.
With all of this behind the team, the Houston Rockets are looking like a functional and competitive basketball team in the NBA. With James Harden’s departure, John Wall has been very active as the floor general and has preached about how the team’s relationship grew closer which has been a key for their success thus far.
“I feel like the most important thing is team chemistry and camaraderie,” echoed John Wall after a decisive win against the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night. After being asked by a media member about a players-only team dinner that the team is planning to have, Wall continued to emphasize the importance of brotherhood in the locker room.
“Just being with the guys is dope…when guys score, when guys make a play everyone is standing up clapping. We got to keep the same energy even if we lose a game or two. That’s when you’re building as a team.”
However, it isn’t just John Wall who has noticed this improvement in the team’s demeanor. Even new additions to the roster such as Victor Oladipo are excited about the team and what his teammates are bringing to the table every game night.
“It’s a great group of guys in this locker room, a lot of guys with chips on their shoulders, a lot of guys with something to prove. We’re hungry and we’re gonna remain that way.”
The Houston Rockets will continue to build on their chemistry as they look to extend their winning streak as it has become a major contributing factor to their success.
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