2 reasons why Kyrie Irving to the Rockets rumors shouldn't be a surprise

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2. Irving has ties to members of the current Rockets

Irving has obvious ties to members of the current Rockets franchise, which can't be ignored. For starters, newly-hired Rockets coach Ime Udoka served as an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets during the 2020-21 NBA season, which was an All-NBA season for Irving.

irving was previously asked about the young Rockets duo of Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green by Rockets reporter Brian Barefield and embraced his status as a veteran mentor for the pair.

"It's a blessing and it's an honor. We're just breathing energy, the right energy into the next generation that's gonna be following in our footsteps. Those guys are ultra-talented.

It seems as though me in my 11th year now, I've watched these guys since they were 14-years-old and I've grown with them. And I look forward to the challenge of going against them for quite a few more years.

That's the beauty of the brotherhood. We all take care of each other and we all look out for one another. I try to have a positive outlook with these guys and just tell them that I'm always around. 

I look forward to seeing them grow and mature."

Green went in detail and explained the nature of his relationship with Irving, which spans back several years.

“Kyrie Irving communicated with me here and there since high school."

On the court, Irving could certainly render useful for the Rockets, as he brings championship experience and a veteran presence for a team desperately seeking both. Off the court, the Rockets would need Udoka to help Irving stay grounded and free from distractions.

This would certainly be a tall order, but it could be easier for Udoka, who has a prior working relationship with Irving.