Eric Gordon explains why he likes it so much in Houston
After agreeing to a four-year contract extension with the Houston Rockets, veteran point guard Eric Gordon expressed his desire to retire with the team. Even though he has only been with the franchise for three years, the 11-year vet has become a significant part of the championship team that they have been trying to build over the past couple of seasons.
Gordon was recently asked by The Athletic’s Kelly Iko on why he chose to stay with the Rockets, and he said that it has something to do with the franchise’s great culture and fan base.
“There’s no perfect organization. But Houston has a good following, great fans — great city to play in. It makes it much easier, being on a winning team. I think since I’ve been here, we’ve never gone less than 54 wins. You definitely want to be a part of something like that, and it makes everything smoother. We’ve always had great coaches and good trainers; it makes the decision easier. Everyone wants to make the most money, but it makes it even better playing for a solid organization.”
The Rockets have been legitimate title contenders over the past three years. In fact, they had the best record in the league during the 2017-18 season and they almost beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. Unfortunately, Houston can’t seem to get past the Dubs as they have lost to that team in the postseason four times out of the past five years.
Still, the Rockets are optimistic that their championship window is still wide open. They recently traded for another former MVP, Russell Westbrook, and they hope that with him and James Harden, they can raise the Larry O’Brien trophy in the streets of Houston in June next year.