'Broken' Rockets limp into All-Star break. Jonathan Feigen, HoustonChronicle.com ($$$)
When asked how the Rockets could regroup, he left it at "Good question.
"Just not willing to help each other out; that's all it is," Harden said of the issues. "Everything, both ends of the floor. That's what team is."
Except that, Harden does not, never has, play anything resembling defense. So when you talk about needing to play as a "team" it's pretty funny hearing that come from a guy whose the primary culprit.
Last year the team got lucky as they took advantage of a league that was in transition. The Spurs didn't have a great year, LeBron and the Cavs had injuries, Miami was rebuilding, Kobe was injured and the Warriors didn't yet realize just how good they were.
This year, things are different. The Warriors and Spurs are heads and shoulders better than everyone else, Portland, the Clippers, The Grizzlies have all gotten better than Houston, and Oklahoma City is playing healthy. Add to that mix a Jazz team that's young, and possessing of some talent, and you have more than the hapless, 'broken', Houston Rockets are able to overcome.
In the history of "Moneyball" there have always been questions as to whether or not you can truly build a championship team turning a blind eye toward team chemistry. The Rockets and making it appear that you cannot.
It's past time to blow this team up and start over.
Make no mistake about it though, this should be GM Daryl Morey's last chance.