Rockets GM Daryl Morey downplays tension between James Harden, Chris Paul
Things have boiled over in Houston to the point where Chris Paul has reportedly demanded a trade from the Houston Rockets as a result of his souring relationship with James Harden.
However, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey does not seem too worried, and while on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, he downplayed any reported tension between Paul and Harden:
“We have extremely high-level competitors, both James and Chris,” said Morey. ” … And none of us are happy with where we’re at, getting eliminated when we had a good chance to win the last couple of years. And you know, when you do it multiple times in a row, it’s gonna create some angst where we’re all trying to figure out how to take that last step. We’re not always gonna agree, but we come together and we win a lot of games.”
“We know what we do works. We now want to get it to work all the way to the finals. That last step and how do we do it is what maybe is creating some of the competitive level we have right now.”
Of course, none of us know for sure what is really going on in Houston, but it seems like Morey is either incredibly stubborn or is in a bit of denial here.
It’s hard to comprehend how Morey can say “we know what we do works” when it has, in fact, been the complete opposite over the last several years. The Rockets have repeatedly shown that their style of play does not translate into postseason success.
Sure, Houston had a 3-2 lead over the Golden State Warriors in the 2018 West Finals before Chris Paul went down, but the Rockets then came back with the same team this season and were eliminated by the Warriors in six games.
Houston may win a lot of games during the regular season, but they are yet to show that their philosophy can result in championships — or even Finals appearances.
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