As Mike D'Antoni makes himself a free agent in the coaching circle, it spells an end to an era of Houston Rockets basketball. It may be premature to assume that the team will try its hand on a possible rebuilding, especially with James Harden still in the peak of his elite abilities.
With head coach Mike D'Antoni officially announcing his departure from the team, how will the Houston Rockets retool their roster moving forward?
The championship-aspiring Philadelphia 76ers saw their 2019-20 campaign come to an abrupt, embarrassing end with a first-round playoff exit at the hands of rivals Boston Celtics. This wasn't the plan when they acquired Josh Richardson and Al Horford last offseason, on top of extending Tobias Harris' contract.
It gets murkier beyond them. The Rockets, Celtics, Raptors, Sixers and several other teams will fancy their chances at an improbable run to the Finals in these most unique circumstances.
Morey and head coach Mike D'Antoni chose not to pursue a replacement big man, instead opting to go all-in on the mad science experiment that is the 'Pocket Rockets'.
The biggest NBA trade in almost 20 years took place on Tuesday night. As reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Clint Capela heads to the Atlanta Hawks, Robert Covington to the Houston Rockets. The Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets are also involved in the deal.
With the trade deadline fast approaching, here are three players the Houston Rockets can acquire to strengthen their position in a loaded Western Conference.
Russell Westbrook and James Harden united at the Houston Rockets in an attempt to finally win an NBA title. They came close when they were on the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Golden State Warriors stood in Houston's way for the last few years.
The NBA's Christmas Day schedule is a great tradition. For over a decade, the league have been showing five consecutive games on 25th December, and 2019 is no different.
Along those lines, I wanted to do a bit of an early assessment of how convincing the NBA’s preseason favorites have been.
Houston Rockets' new era ended in a home defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. The first regular season game with James Harden and Russell Westbrook starting together (in a Rockets uniform, that is) saw a duel between the last three NBA MVPs, but it was the 2018/19 winner, Giannis Antetokounmpo who reigned supreme. Antetokounmpo finished with a triple-double.
James Harden unveiled his new one-footed, off-balance shot in preseason on Monday night.
James Harden celebrates his 30th birthday after missing out on a second consecutive MVP despite another incredible season of scoring.
No matter what the rank of these NBA tag-teams, we as basketball fanatics should be thrilled to finally see a competitive, wide open league. Whoever ends up as NBA Champions next year, one thing is for sure - sit back, relax and enjoy.