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’ Clint Capela Out with Concussion
Capela took a charge late in the Rockets’ game against the Los Angeles Clippers when he collided with Clippers’ JaMychel Green and seemed to have hit his head.
Capela was evaluated for a concussion following the collision.
Rockets’ Gerald Green to Undergo Foot Surgery
Houston Rockets’s swingman Gerald Green will undergo surgery on his broken left foot on Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.
Green met with several specialists to evaluate his options but ultimately opted to undergo surgery.
Green suffered the injury during the Rockets’ second preseason game in Tokyo, Japan earlier this month and there is no specific timetable for his return to the court following surgery.
Rockets Claim Ray Spalding Off Waivers
The Houston Rockets have claimed veteran power forward Ray Spaulding off of waivers from the Atlanta Hawks, according to Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Rockets opened up an available roster spot when the released forward Anthony Bennett earlier this week.
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