The Houston Rockets got off to a horrible start, losing their first three games by 20 points, the first team in NBA history to do so. Then, they bounced back, reeling off four consecutive wins. Then, they lost their next four. For a team that entered the team with championship aspirations, it was enough, and the Rockets held a players-only meeting.
Calvin Watkins of ESPN reports Dwight Howard was willing to share the impetus more than the contents of the meeting:
“What happens in the room, stays in the room,” center Dwight Howard said following practice. “It was good for us to sit down and talk, but it’s a long season and you can’t get caught up in losing a couple of games and getting upset and so frustrated and feel like it’s the end of the world. It is embarrassing. We hate to lose but at the same time we have a long season and we can’t think negative when we lose. We have to try and find the positive in any situation. You keep thinking negative, then negative things will continue to happen to you. You got to stay positive and fight through it. All this stuff will build our character.”
Last year’s MVP runner-up, James Harden
“It was a good talk for us,” Harden said. “We hadn’t had an opportunity to communicate like that since the season had been going. It was good for us to communicate and each guy basically said what their role was and every single night they’re going to contribute to that role. After the talk we had a really good practice, guys communicated, we worked hard and now it’s about carrying it over. It’s about doing it on the floor.”
Rockets fans will get a chance to see if it had any impact when the team hosts the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow night.