This year’s offseason, the Lakers and Suns are the most active teams, and their lineups have been reinforced. Therefore, many fans believe that the western part of the new season will be a situation in which the Nuggets, Lakers and Suns are the top three. But in fact, there is still a team that we have neglected, that is, the Houston Rockets. In the past, there were three fewer Thunder and six fewer Rockets. They were Smith, Shen Jing, Ethan, Green, Amen and Whitmore. The Rockets are all talented and have too much potential to tap. For example, Whitmore, who is the MVP of the Summer League, was only the 20th overall pick in the draft. In fact, in terms of real strength, he is not worse than anyone in the top five overall picks.
It is not enough to rely only on young people. The Rockets understand this truth very well, so they also made two operations. First, they laid off Silas and hired Uduka. Last year, the Green Army reached the finals, which was led by Uduka. Uduka attached great importance to defense and was also good at tapping the potential of players. He was very suitable for coaching a team like the Rockets. Look at this year’s Green Army. After Uduka’s class, the Green Army’s defense could not be seen, and it was easily smashed by the Heat. Secondly, the Rockets also signed four veterans, namely Van Frith, Tommy Tam, Landale and Jeff Green. The joining of veterans can help young people grow up quickly.
After the end of the first round of G2 this year, Tommy Tam talked about James. At that time, he said, "I won’t respect James unless he cuts 40 points on my head." Tommy Tam’s remarks have caused a lot of controversy. Some people think that Tommy Tam is just a buffoon. James has been in the league for 20 years and is used to all kinds of storms. Tommy Tam’s behavior is just a trick in his eyes. But not long ago, Tommy Tam was interviewed. He talked about the Lakers again. Tommy Tam said: "I want to see my best self in Houston. I want to be better than last season and pay more. I am eager to play against the Lakers again. I don’t care how the outside world evaluates me. I want to beat the Lakers and LeBron (James). That’s it."
Tommy Tam’s meaning is obvious. First of all, he thinks that joining the Rockets is an opportunity for him, and he will have an explosion in the new season. Secondly, Tommy Tam is still unconvinced. He still wants to fight against the Lakers and James. He has to say that Tommy Tam really dares to say that he has been aiming at defeating the Lakers and James. It seems that losing to the Lakers this year has made Tommy Tam’s fighting spirit even higher, which is a good thing for the Rockets. In addition, Tommy Tam later praised Smith. He said: "I can’t wait to play with jabari (Smith). Our game styles are very complementary. I also talked with jabari for a while, and he can’t wait to start working. Our goal is the same."
Judging from Tommy Tam’s remarks, he is full of confidence in the Rockets in the new season. Tommy Tam believes that the Rockets will make great achievements in the new season, and he can also help the team make progress. In addition, Tommy Tam admired Smith Jr. very much. It is a good thing to have self-confidence, which is what the Rockets need most. In fact, in terms of lineup, the Rockets do have unlimited possibilities, such as Van Frith+Green, who are the splash brothers of the Rockets. Smith played well in the league this summer, and will only play better in Uduka’s hands in the new season. Shen Jing is known as "Little Jokic", with comprehensive ability and Ethan’s offensive and defensive integration. There is also Amen. His style is steady and mature, and his attack, defense and organization are impeccable. Whitmore is an underestimated rookie.
This rocket is really not simple. I dare not say that they can make it to the playoffs, but the possibility of getting a playoff place is extremely high. Don’t underestimate the fighting spirit of young people. At the same time, it is not difficult to lead the rocket to take off with Uduka’s coaching ability. Uduka was interviewed before. He said: "We have talked with all our players, and we have reached a common goal. We must cultivate the habit of winning."