Houston Rockets Frustration Beginning to Spillover into the Offseason
The Houston Rockets are in a bad spot.
After a dramatic exit from the postseason, falling victim to the undermanned Golden State Warriors yet again, a lot of finger-pointing and bad blood is beginning to spill over. The Rockets are still looking to potentially extend head coach Mike D’Antoni, but outside of James Harden, it appears as every other piece is up for grabs.
“There’s too much damn turmoil,” a high-ranking Rockets officially told ESPN. “There’s some hard feelings right now everywhere.”
Another source claims the relationship between Harden and aging superstar point guard Chris Paul is at a stage of beyond repair.
“Chris wants to coach James. James looks at him like, ‘You can’t even beat your man. Just shut up and watch me.'”
A offense that heavily relies on Harden, Paul allegedly pleaded the Rockets brass to become more involved in the team’s offense. It was a plea that went essentially unnoticed.
“It’s always a little contentious when you have two alpha dogs,” a team source told ESPN. “Ask the Golden State Warriors if they’ve ever had problems between their stars.
“There is contention there, but they know they’re tied at the hip, and they want to win. They’re smart. They won’t let it affect the team. … That is not the reason Golden State beat us.”
Chris Paul, 34, is in the midst of a four-year, $160-million contract. It is indisputable that the Rockets will look to move the future Hall of Fame guard, but his growing injury history, decline in play, and age will play huge factors in any conversation.
“Chris has a personality where he just doesn’t let anything go,” a team source said. “He just keeps pestering and pestering and pestering and pestering. Sometimes James has had enough — and not just him. That’s what makes [Paul] a winner and also what keeps him from being a big-time winner. He’s got to temper that.”
With the Golden State Warriors entering a summer of uncertainty and the Los Angeles Lakers beefing up following the Anthony Davis acquisition, the Rockets are poised to make a few key decisions that could either pay huge dividends or send the Rockets into a rebuild.