Houston Rockets young forward Marquese Chriss is happy to be on a new team after struggling for his first two years playing for the Phoenix Suns when his lack of production and/or consistency forced the Suns to move on from the former lottery draft pick.
Chriss is embracing his defined role in Houston, and seems to be fitting in just fine, strongly hinting that he didn’t have the same clarity in Phoenix.
“The difference is they know what they want me to do” Chriss said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen. “They’re asking me to do a specific job. I’m trying to do it to the best of my ability. There really is no question about what they want my role to be. They made it straightforward to me when I first got traded here. I embraced it and I’m working to do it as best as I can.”
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has been impressed with Chriss so far.
“So athletic, he can go fast without looking like he’s going fast” D’Antoni said. “He’s got a lot of talent. We need certain things and I think he can give it to us. I think he’s going to be a force. We didn’t do our pick-and-rolls great, but he’s one guy you can lob to. He can block shots at the rim. He gives you another athlete on the floor.”
Rockets, Mike D’Antoni Discussing New Contract
The Houston Rockets and head coach Mike D’Antoni are in talks regarding a new contract with D’Antoni willing to stay with the franchise “for at least another three years, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Since D’Antoni joined the Rockets back in 2016, he has posted a 173-73 record but has lost back-to-back years in the playoffs at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.
“I’ve let [general manager] Daryl [Morey] and [team owner] Tilman [Fertitta] know that I’m energized to keep coaching—and believe that I can continue to do this at a high level for at least another three years,” the 68-year-old two-time Coach of the Year told Wojnarowski. “I want to be a part of a championship here.”
“Mike will be the coach next year” Rockets owner Rilman Fertitta said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“He’s not a lame duck to me. That’s just a media term. That’s just a media buzzword. … We’re more concerned with making our team better next year. Mike will be here. I like Mike. I think he’s a very good coach. Players like playing for him. I keep being told, free agents want to know who the owner is and they want to know who the coach is. Mike and I do well together. Hopefully, we’ll continue to win and Mike will be here for a long time.”
Rockets’ Clint Capela Dealing with Respiratory Illness
Capela is apparently dealing with two respiratory illnesses and it is affecting his breathing.
Capela was diagnosed with both adenovirus and a klebsiella infection.
Rockets’ Iman Shumpert Says He Will Be Ready for Playoffs
Houston Rockets’ swingman Iman Shumpert recently returned from a calf injury and while he isn’t yet set to take to the court, he vows that he will be ready for the playoffs.
“I had to sit out and then sit out another week for my calf. In that time I gained a little weight not practicing, not getting back in the games” Shumpert said, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle .
“It takes the body a little time to adapt. But I’ll hit my stride. I’ll be ready for the playoffs.”
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