The Houston Texans and the Houston Rockets both have one thing in common: they both entered the 2023 season having undergone a rebuild. In addition, they both parted with their coaches and hired a new man to lead the charge.
Wait, that's two things. Sorry, I lied.
The Texans have started the season 2-2, with surprising victories over the Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers- two teams that were picked to make a mockery of them. The Texans have been a young, feisty team with veterans at key positions to help guide the team's rebuild.
Another thing they have in common with the Rockets, who added Fred VanVleet, Dillon Brooks, Jeff Green, and Jock Landale to help spear the Rockets' youth movement. The Texans enter Sunday's Week 5 slate with a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, who have started the season with an equal 2-2 record and are favored to win by oddsmakers by 1.5 points- truly the definition of a pick 'em game.
Jabari Smith Jr.'s anti-Texans tweet disappoints Texans fans
But one Rockets player isn't expecting the game to be much of a match, as Jabari Smith Jr. made it clear on Twitter (or X or whatever you choose to call it) that he expects the Falcons to win the game rather easily. Smith was asked how lopsided of a victory the game will be, in favor of the Texans, and shut the question down entirely.
"Stoooop it. We not going for that," stated the Rockets' second-year forward.
Smith hails from Fayetteville, Georgia, which is just over 20 miles away from Atlanta, so it's expected that he'd be a Falcons fan. In spite of that, Texans fans and Houston fans didn't give him a pass on Twitter.
Texans fans will likely have to accept the fact that Smith won't be abandoning his Falcons and switching over to the Texans, despite the fact that he resides in Houston now.
Perhaps this will give the Texans even more incentive and motivation to get the victory on Sunday. Maybe if the Texans blow out Smith's Falcons, it may at least make him consider rooting for the Texans and rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud.