The Houston Rockets are expecting to be a much different team in 2023-24 than what they've shown themselves to be for the last handful of years.
The Rockets have received primetime spotlight this season, which is a sign that the national media is intrigued to see exactly what newly-hired coach Ime Udoka is cooking up.
Although the Rockets underwent a complete roster overhaul this offseason, any hopes of leaping into the tier of contenders in the Western Conference hinges on third-year guard Jalen Green's shoulders. The Rockets will need Green to take a leap and ascend into more than just the volume scorer that he's been through his first two seasons.
Udoka has been emphasizing defense since his arrival in Houston, and the Rockets will need Green to become much better on that end if they want to be a top-10 defense. In addition, Green will need to develop some playmaking chops, as he averaged just three assists in 2022-23.
Again, alot is riding on Green's development this season. And based on his latest Instagram post, he's fully aware of the expectations.
And he's fully prepared.
Houston Rockets star guard Jalen Green puts basketball world on notice with Instagram post
Green had a productive offseason, as he trained with Team USA's Select Team in Las Vegas, drawing praise from just about anyone in attendance of the scrimmages.
Green also trained with Phoenix Suns superstar and surefire NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Durant. As if that wasn't enough. Green spent the summer months training outdoors with newly-acquired point guard Fred VanVleet, who trains harder than just about anyone.
Green and the Rockets take the court on Tuesday for their preseason opener against the Indiana Pacers, who find themselves in the same tier as the Rockets.
Based on Green's Instagram post, it's safe to say that he'll be ready.