Rockets superstar James Harden just gave some serious bulletin-board material to the rest of the NBA’s teams.
The Rockets, along with the Sixers, are one of the most intriguing teams in the Orlando bubble, in looking at their outlook for the upcoming postseason. They have two superstars on their roster, in Harden and Russell Westbrook, but not much depth or scoring prowess behind them, especially with shooting guard Eric Gordon now sidelined with an ankle injury. And, most importantly, any team in the Western Conference faces the extremely difficult task of likely having to beat both the Clippers and Lakers in a series just to get to the NBA Finals.
But Harden apparently believes they can do all that, and that the sky is the limit for the team, which he recently told reporters.
In fact, Harden came out and stated that the Rockets are bringing the Larry O’Brien trophy back to Houston.
“We’re bringing it back to H-Town,” Harden said, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. “We’ve come up short these last few years, but this is an opportunity for us to fight for it, to get after it again. We have some grinding to do and some work to do, but the goal is to bring it back to H-Town.”
We don’t see it happening, and to be honest, it’s not even a lock that the Rockets will get out of the first round, as a potential matchup against a team like the Thunder could be a difficult one, with Chris Paul out for revenge against his former team.