Tad Brown Rumors
“It was probably one of the toughest decisions of my life, just to not go to Rio, but … I wanted to make a conscious effort to be here and be with Daryl and Mr. Alexander and Tad Brown on who we can get in this locker room to help me for this upcoming season,” said Harden, who won gold with Team USA at the Olympics in 2012 and FIBA World Cup in 2014. “If I was to go to Rio and we didn’t get anybody and had the same year as last year, it wouldn’t have been good.”
That likely will be only the start. Morey disputed the depiction of the Rockets’ chemistry problems, saying that they were no greater than is typical when teams play badly and that the chemistry was no worse this season than it was good with the same players last season. But anyone privy to all those team meetings could describe dysfunction that will have to be addressed. Next season’s coach will have to demand or inspire that kind of change and likely will have to convince Morey, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and CEO Tad Brown that he can turn the Rockets into a team built to win in the postseason.
Barkley had also complained that owner Leslie Alexander underpaid him during his tenure with the Rockets. He has said the Rockets owed him $5 million. He said Sunday they owe him $3 million. Meanwhile, he referred to Brown as “Toad Smith” and Morey as “Daryl Moronic.” “I want to apologize to the Houston Rockets,” Barkley said on Tuesday’s broadcast of “Inside ‘The NBA.” “I overacted to two tweets. I said something I shouldn’t say. So I want to apologize to Daryl Morey. And I want to apologize to Tad Brown, the CEO, for overreacting. I want to apologize to Les Alexander.
Rockets CEO Tad Brown said his tweet on Thursday, responding to TNT analyst Charles Barkley accusing his former team of “fake hustle,” was an effort to stand up for his players. A frequent critic of the Rockets, Barkley inspired Brown’s response with his comment at halftime in Game 3 when he guaranteed the Rockets would lose by 10.
David Barron: Says Chuckster: “Ain’t nothing worse that fake hustle. I guarantee you the #Rockets are going to lose this game.” Tad Brown (Rockets CEO): @dfbarron Charles would know, his entire rockets career was fake hustle