Well, the easy answer to this is: maturity. You can look up and down the roster and see lack of experience. The Houston Rockets had a lot of success in the NBA last season posting a 54-28 record, while still beingÂ the 4th youngest team in the league. Whether it’s Jeremy Lin turning the ball over two and half times per game or James Harden partying every chance he gets, the Rockets are lacking seasoning.
To quote Harden earlier today, â€śThis is our first year together. A lot of guys and attitudes faded throughout the season, this can’t happen next year.â€ť This is what prompted me to write this. Everyone likes to pick apart NBA teams for their flaws and whatnot, but this WAS only Houston’s first year together. This is probably still surreal for almost everyone on the team, sans Dwight Howard. To be completely honest, what the Rockets need is time. Time together, to grow as a unit.
In contrast to Houston, the San Antonio Spurs’ main three players: Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan have all been together since 2001, 13 years ago. Thirteen years of honing their games, practicing together, getting to know each other’s games well. Out of those thirteen years, the Spurs have finished with 60+ wins four times, 50+ wins every time, and they have made the playoffs every, single year. San Antonio’s mold is the closest thing in the NBA right now to perfection, and it would be the perfect model to mold after for the Rockets.
So, while it’s really easy to have a kneejerk reaction to the bitter end to Houston’s season, they need experience, and the Blazers’ series could be almost a blessing in disguise.
- Cameron Davis is a Staff Writer for ProSportsExtra.comÂ