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’ James Harden Prefers to Play in a System Versus Hero Ball
Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has been having a phenomenal season offensively, but many people aren’t a fan of his “hero ball” style of play to rack up the stats.
Golden State Warriors’ guard Steph Curry said that he spoke with Harden, and that Harden stated his preference to play in a system, rather than play “hero ball”.
2019 | @stephencurry30 on conversation with @jharden13 “I talked to James in the back… obviously complemented him on what he’s done. First thing he says is, it’s fun, but I want to play different. Playing by myself or whatever , heroball — the people wanna play in a system where they actually can play beautiful basketball with guys that know how to play.”
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Rockets Interested in Markieff Morris
That veteran free agent is Markieff Morris, who is currently out with a neck injury but is expected to be ready following the All-Star break, according to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner.
Morris averaged 11.5 points per game for the Washington Wizards this season, and could provide a versatile forward to the Rockets offensive arsenal.
Knicks’ Wesley Matthews Generating Interest from ‘Multiple Teams’
New York Knicks veteran swingman Wesley Matthews may be on limited time with the Knicks as he is generating interest from a number of teams.
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