Houston Rockets Rumors
Cayleigh Griffin: Coach Silas says the expectation and hope when Wall returns is for Eric Gordon to come off the bench – as was the plan at the beginning of the season. They’d like his scoring punch in the second unit.
Cayleigh Griffin: Coach Silas says Wall went to the doctor yesterday. It’s not too bad but “it’s something they have to manage and be really careful about.” They’re going to do treatment and ramping him up, and he is most likely out for the road trip.
Adam Wexler: #Rockets HC Stephen Silas said it’s not just self-isolating for House, he also had the back issue prior to that, so his been out awhile & he’s not anticipated back until at least after the trip. So he’s out tonight & at Det & at Dal. 1st game after the trip is 1/26 vs Wizards.
It should be noted that there is some scattered praise out there for the Nets and the Rockets that has been drowned out by the conspiracy theories and news media skepticism. One Western Conference executive, for example, chided me for focusing too much on Harden’s various acts of sabotage that fast-tracked his Houston exit and too readily dismissing what his distinct offensive talent can do for the Nets.
Harden got what he wanted in the end after some of the worst trade-forcing behavior ever seen. He showed up late to training camp, flouted the league’s health and safety protocols on camera, let his level of play and conditioning decline and, finally, cemented his newfound villainy by publicly criticizing the collective quality of his now-former Rockets teammates. The executive nonetheless described Harden, if only for the moment while he’s taking such heat, as the league’s most underrated player.