After losing to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the NBA playoffs last week, the Houston Rockets are looking at themselves very closely in the mirror.
They are quickly realizing that James Harden and Dwight Howard, sprinkled in with a few nice supporting players here and there, aren’t enough to get it done in today’s NBA. And certainly not good enough to get through the torturing Western Conference.
It’s clear that the Rockets are going to need some reinforcements. And its owners are very much on the same page.
“We’re going to have cap room to bring in a terrific free agent and I think next year we’ll be a lot better than we were this year,” Leslie Alexander, the team’s majority owner, said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “I think the nucleus is great. I think we have two of the brightest stars in the league. We have players who are going to be much better next year, young guys. We have a very good nucleus….
“We won 54 games,” Alexander said. “It’s tough to win 54 games in the NBA and the West is so stacked, it’s hard. We were the youngest team in the league in the playoffs. Just that alone will get us much better. I thought the team played hard. They did what they could and when you lose the other team was better.”
Carmelo Anthony is probably going to be the biggest fish on the market this offseason, not including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
I’m just saying.