James Harden, Russell Westbrook expressing concern over direction of the Rockets
The new era for the Houston Rockets has barely started and already, there appear to be some real issues within the organization. According to reports, Rockets superstars James Harden and Russell Westbrook have already expressed concern regarding the direction this squad is taking.
This report comes via Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
In the wake of the departures of head coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey, Harden and Westbrook have expressed concern about the direction of the franchise through direct conversations or discussions with their representatives and the Rockets’ front office, sources said.
Yikes. This is certainly not the best way to kick off a new regime in Houston.
After parting ways with long-time coach Mike D’Antoni, the Rockets brass brought in first-time head coach Stephen Silas. They also parted ways with former general manager Daryl Morey — who incidentally is now with the Philadelphia 76ers — promoting Rafael Santos as Houston’s new GM.
At this point, it seems that both James Harden and Russell Westbrook are not exactly seeing eye-to-eye with the front office. According to the same report, this has a lot to do with the fact that both players are now nearing the tail end of their careers:
However, the concerns expressed by Harden and Westbrook that Houston’s window as a contender could be closing has left the organization fearful that the superstars’ commitment to remaining with the Rockets could be wavering.
The good news here is that neither stars have requested a trade, and right now, this situation appears to be manageable. A sit-down between James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and the team’s new front office to clear the air would be ideal — if they haven’t done this already. It also wouldn’t be surprising if the Rockets become active in the offseason, as they try to add more pieces to a squad that hopes to contend for the title again this coming campaign.