Listen: Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets And NBA discussed on Freddie Coleman Show
"For being a part of the Friday night grooving allow it to be a part of you. Erik Gordon Houston Rockets, not feeling groovy baby. But the Houston Rockets struggling since last year when they had a three games to two lead in the NBA Western Conference finals against those bad villains called the Golden State Warriors ever since then. And it wasn't that long ago that the rockets were eight and to obey Tim gane stretch. But since that time they lost six out of their last eight, including the last two they currently sit in thirteenth place in the Western Conference, and Eric good has had enough of this avenue. Lost the Utah Jazz on Thursday night by McAfee told the athletic, and I quote, I'm just not having fun, man. I'm just not this sucks. Even the ties where I have good games with just not using guys the right way. Are we gonna make the right sacrifices? Do we have the right attitude? In quote. I mean that that's the kind of thing that you don't want to hear. I mean, if it's Eric Gordon, so obviously people respect him. But it's not that hard to look at what happened to this team. Everybody was getting caught up in all the three pointers and everything they were doing so. Well, this is one of the better defensive teams in the league last year. That was the difference. It was that the rockets had this ridiculous offense. But because they had guys like by Mugabe in a Reza those guys those guys who might not show up as big time offense players but defensively were important. You lose those guys you bring in a Carmelo Anthony. Of course, things are going to change for your team. So so it's not that hard to see. What's wrong? They're not capable of playing defense at the level. They did when they were a championship contender. This is where James harden was protected last year having guys like Reza having Paul who looks like he's eight five years right in the last offseason. That's the difference with this Houston Rockets. Team. It's amazing to me, Freddie, that we're going to look back at the history of the rockets and realized that that three to lead was their last chance to win a championship. And we might be twenty years from now looking back at that and say that was their window. That's how good the NBA is. That's how good the Golden State Warriors. Are that as much as we thought that this rocket team could be a maybe a five year six year run was it. I did that was it with hard. And it's not crazy, right? As young as he is the reason I would year windows, the NBA changes so quickly sometimes doing the war is a whole different deal. They're an outlier they could be the two thousands. Were. They could be the the two thousand Lakers or the nineteen ninety bulls where they had that kind of run that certain teams are outliers. Believe me, I'm a Knicks fan. They thought the same thing with the bulls and Patrick Ewing. That's like a five year window before the Knicks if I'd take them over and what happened and never happened for the Nixon years eight years. So when people say five years that's asking a lot because the NBA can change just like that. You might not even have five minutes. Unless you the Golden State Warriors true. But one the crazy idea when a crazy concept when we thought James harden, they might be able to build a five-year run around him. Now, it looks like they may never get back. Under James harden with the way that the league is growing around him. All these good young teams coming up that may have been for the Houston rock Johnson writing on Twitter. Komen ESPN at amac Heff by ESPN says the rockets need a coach in their face with some fire. So hold the players accountable, especially their top stars. Mike dantonio is not the issue as far as I'm concerned because they are going to be who they are. They got Chris Paul knit team. That's all the fire. They need to get guys faces the holding accountable, but whatever the rockets going through in terms of struggles is easy for us to weigh in on that. Instead how about Scotty Pippin a man who has a bunch of championship rings when he was on the jump with Rachel Nichols. This what he had to say about why the rockets have not been the rockets. I think they got worse the rust got worse. I didn't think that they fill the void of losing. One of the top defenders in the game. Clint cappella doesn't control the paint for them. So they they they lose the pain as as well. But when you can't defend in this league, you cannot win. I don't care how good your offense sales. And I don't want to overstate Trevor reason, but that guy was so essential on the court and off the court that was a guy that everybody in that locked room respected when he spoke everybody paid attention. If guys were having issues with each other. He was a great mediator. He was a great facilitator keeping guys together. Even though it was not his basketball team when they allowed him to go somewhere else think we can find another Trevor REEs, I'm thinking you may find a guy, but it's not going to be the same guys that he would not have allowed the rockers at the going eight and two over ten games stretch to lose six out of their last eight after that stretch, not overstating him. But guys like that understand their role in play perfectly. Those guys. Are central to your basketball team? And when they're not there and that hold together, it's magnified by what we've seen in the Houston Rockets so far this year. Yeah. Friday, and that's the great lie about today's NBA. We fall in love with all these offense of players these breathtaking displays of offense that he's in Golden State Warriors. If you look at what's happening with those teams, they got glue guys who hold that defense that team together. Like, you said in a guy like a reason you look at the warriors. There are a lot of people think that the problems that they've had early now problems in quotations, right? Because you know, it's I well problems with a team like that. But David, but David west has gone, David west is the guy who you don't have a Kevin Durant. Draymond green in game spat like that David west on the bench. So there are guys like that who can come into the locker room and say, we're not doing this Airborne's trying to be that guy. But I think he's going to have a difficult time because the eggs for this Houston Rockets, the Houston team that felt like we can beat the Golden State Warriors and seven games if we get our chance to play that way all season, they're gone. Those rockets are gone and now they've been replaced with Iraq is team. I guess they want to get into the playoffs. But they don't show it every night. It's just a different mode because you lose guys. Like, a reason you lose the glue. You lose the connectivity of a team that had a legit chance to be warriors. Let she's being a Golden State mind Metcalf and Freddie Coleman on Freddie and Fitz Simons on ESPN radio Golden State play Milwaukee that game on ESPN Golden State with thirty seven at twenty eight league with nine minutes to play in the second quarter, by the way, Draymond green. The words expect him to return Monday versus Minnesota, whatever people hoping for with that ain't happening whatever people thought could undermine the Golden State Warriors ain't happening because Draymond is still going to be Draymond is not going to be the same level with Kevin Durant and that whole back and forth. Don't expect that the rest of the season. If anybody has learned the lesson of that has been Draymond green. That doesn't mean the power structures altered Draymond like look. I don't wanna be that guy that the reason we didn't win was because it's something that I said it's something that I did the wars are going to be back. They don't care about the record. Like, you said it's about what we're going to do in the playoffs and. Nobody's still beating their basketball team in a seven game series. I'm a bucks fan and the bus can get two games in a seven game series real estate wars. That's how good the war is our good. They'll be when the time comes maybe one. Maybe maybe okay. We'll ask a friend about the troubled rockets toxic. Lebron and who realistically could be the Golden State Warriors and a seven game series. That's next on ESPN radio.."