In one year, the Houston Rockets went from playing in the Western Conference Finals to getting bounced in the first round by the Steph Curry-less Warriors.
Rockets Point Guard, and 17 year NBA Veteran, Jason Terry was in The Herd today. He provided a firsthand look into the Rockets difficult season and the internal struggle between GM Daryl Morey and superstar Dwight Howard.
Guest host Nick Wright asked Terry about Howard’s recent comments that he and Morey were at odds this season over Howard’s offensive role with the team. Terry was brutally honest about the rift.
“That was one of things that was hurtful to [Howard] and he couldn’t understand it. But I said ‘Dwight, listen, at some point in your career, you’re gonna have to decide, do you want to become a champion?’
If becoming a champion means set more screens, roll harder to the basket, run the floor more, then that’s what you’re gonna have to do.”
Terry said the power struggle between Morey and Howard was rooted in a difference in offensive philosophy.
“Daryl Morey didn’t say ‘We’re not gonna give you [Howard] the ball.’ We’re just not gonna give it to you in the post, because that’s not our style of play.”
Terry also weighed in on the NBA Playoffs. He picked the red hot Cavs to win the title. He said LeBron James is still the best player in the league.
“If I had to start a team today, I would definitely be starting it with LeBron James.”