The Houston Rockets were one of the biggest winners coming out of the trade deadline. With the addition of veteran swingman Robert Covington, the Rockets further bolstered their squad and increased their chances of winning the title this season.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook seem to agree with this notion, and they even believed it before the Rockets made the trade for Covington. In an interview back in December, they stated they had everything in place for a title:
“We got everything,” Harden stated, via GQ’s Mark Anthony Green.
“Yeah, we’re good,” echoed Westbrook.
These are two confident dudes right there, and now they’ve only strengthened the team by acquiring Covington, DeMarre Carroll, and Jeff Green, even if Clint Capela was lost in the process to the Atlanta Hawks.
Harden then went on to say that we haven’t even seen the Rockets in full strength. This has led to him and Westbrook being required to carry much of the load for the entire team:
“We haven’t been healthy yet, but we’re confident that once we get healthy and we put it together, it’s going to be pretty tough to beat us,” said Harden. “Individually we’ve accomplished so much, broken so many records that are going to last forever. We’re not worried about the individual accomplishments. We want to do whatever it takes to win games. You know what I’m saying? Not necessarily me throwing 40 up or him getting a triple-double. Like, shit, that don’t matter. But right now we got so many guys that are out that we gotta pick up the slack. And once we get a full roster, we don’t have to do as much.”
It will also take some time for this new-look Rockets side to get used to playing with each other. However, as Harden implied above, they’re going to be one formidable side once things begin to click.