The Houston Rockets are recognized as one of the most formidable teams in the NBA. With MVP nominee and NBA All-Star James Harden and basketball veteran Dwight Howard leading the charge, the Houston Rockets stand at the top of the NBA hierarchy.
As the NBA team added Ty Lawson in the offseason, it looks like the Houston Rockets are looking at ways to provide the highly needed support for James Harden - a factor that a number of fans and followers believe could spell the difference in the run of the NBA team to the finals this season.
"You go back a year and look at Golden State," shared Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, according to Houston Chronicle. He then went on to say, "They pretty much brought their same group back, plus a point guard, Shaun Livingston. They weren't the favorites of a lot of people. They came together quickly. They had a great season. A lot of their improvement was just in everyone being together for another year. That plus (the addition of) Ty (Lawson) and good health are the main areas for us."
Morey further noted that the current roster of the Houston Rockets is "good enough" to bag the NBA title this year.
Meanwhile, the Houston Rockets aim to basically employ the same strategy they used in terms of protecting Dwight Howard this NBA season. Kevin McHale, the head coach of the Houston Rockets, shared during the media day of the NBA team that the counterpart of James Harden will have limited minutes in the hardwood this season. McHale disclosed that this measure will guarantee that Dwight Howard will not incur any additional injury this NBA season as well as ensure that the athlete's current health issues will not get worse.
The previous NBA season saw an all-time career low for Dwight Howard as he had to deal with various injuries. James Harden and the rest of the Houston Rockets squad had to contend with 26 games without Dwight Howard, whose absences occurred more frequently in the second half of the NBA season. For his part, McHale chose to restrict Dwight Howard from playing back-to-back NBA games and even went as far as limiting his minutes to 20.
Despite the precautionary measures and the concerns regarding his health, it looks like Dwight Howard choose to remain positive and is confident over the chances of the Houston Rockets to clinch the NBA title this year. "The main thing is, when I'm out there on the floor, I deliver the best effort I can for my teammates -- that's the most important thing," shared Dwight Howard, referring to the decision of the Houston Rockets to limit his playing time this season, according to ESPN.