Rockets Owner: Title Window ‘Next Three or Four Years’

Rockets team owner Tilman Fertitta believes his team has an NBA championship window in the “next three or four years” to win it all.

Otherwise, “we probably aren’t going to win one in the next 10 years,” says Fertitta.

Fertitta adds that newcomer Russell Westbrook‘s athleticism is an element Houston was “a little short on,” and is confident he can happily co-exist with fellow superstar teammate James Harden.

Per Yahoo Sports:

“I think we put ourselves in the position that if we don’t win it in the next three or four years, we probably aren’t going to win one in the next 10 years,” Fertitta told Yahoo Sports in an interview to promote his debut book titled “Shut Up And Listen,” which hits all major bookstores on Tuesday. “This is our window, and we need to seize the opportunity.”

The Texas billionaire, who is also sole owner of Fertitta Entertainment, the restaurant giant Landry’s and the Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels, is running his NBA team in the same manner as his other business ventures: audaciously and unwavering.

“This is the time,” Fertitta told Yahoo Sports. “I just re-signed Eric Gordon who is 30 and I’ve got Russell and James and Eric and Clint Capela for the next four years. P.J. [Tucker] is 34 and our two stars are 30. So this is their window. Let’s seize the opportunity.”

Fertitta says he was never concerned about bringing in another ball-dominant guard to pair with Harden.

“No, because I can remember watching Russell Westbrook against us a couple of times last year and I saw how he ran up and down that court and how his athleticism was so superior,” he told Yahoo Sports. “And I think it’s one of the things that we were a little short on.”

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Russell Westbrook Says He and James Harden Will ‘Play Great Off the Ball’

Russell Westbrook is confident that he and fellow superstar teammate James Harden will happily co-exist in Houston next season.

Westbrook says the two dominant offensive machines are “great” at playing off the ball with one another.

Russ adds that he’ll bring a lot more to the table for the Rockets than just scoring and handling the rock.

Per The Athletic:

At the start of the offseason, Harden communicated to the front office that he liked the idea of playing with Westbrook, league sources told The Athletic.

“I think we play great off the ball with each other,” Westbrook told The Athletic.

“We’ve done it in Oklahoma City. Many times in Oklahoma City, James, he closed the game as the primary ball-handler, and I played off the ball. It’s totally fine for me because, like I have said before, offensively and scoring and having the ball in my hands is not the only thing I can do for the game. I do a lot of great things for the game and I look forward to doing that with this team as well.”

Team sources have expressed confidence in that Westbrook and Harden will both implement more off-ball movement into their games, particularly in a half-court setting, and were pleased with Westbrook’s comments during his introductory press conference.

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Eric Gordon and the Rockets have agreed to a 4-year, $76M maximum contract extension.

Eric Gordon and the Houston Rockets have agreed to a four-year, $76M maximum contract extension.

He will get 3-years, $54.5M guaranteed on his extension, per source, starting with the 2020-2021 season – $16.9M, $18.2M, and $19.6M. 

The 4th season is non-guaranteed and that would earn him $20.9M.

This makes Rockets’ 2020-21 season payroll a hefty one at $116.2M total! In the 2020-21 season, the Rockets will owe Russell Westbrook $41M, James Harden $40.8M, Clint Capel $17.5M, and now Eric Gordon $16.9M.

Fantasy Basketball: My $200 Draft Recap

Like most of you fantasy nuts, I am starved for basketball this time of year and can’t wait to get started. I decided to take matters into my own hands and started a league. I wanted it to be realistic and meaningful, so I set the buy-in at $200. Thankfully, I was able to gather 11 knowledgeable players and we drafted last week. Most of these guys are sharp, so there weren’t many bargains. Here is a recap of how it went down.

James Harden Donates Over $240K to Renovate Houston Basketball Courts

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James Harden has donated more than $240,000 to the city of Houston to renovate outdoor basketball courts in under-served areas that were ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.

At an event Saturday to mark the donation, Harden said he wants to become a legend off the court and hopes the renovations will convince kids in the area to get more active.

“My ultimate goal is to change Houston and make it better,” Harden said. “Obviously the hurricane affected this area greatly so this was one of the reasons why I wanted to bring some positive energy and some light on this community.

“It’s baby steps but we’re going to get there. In a few years, we’re gonna change the city around and make it legendary.”

Harden shared that when he grew up in Los Angeles, playing basketball in outside parks was a big part of his upbringing and helped him make friends which is why he believes children would benefit from those types of experiences today.

“Nowadays, everything is so social media-based, kids aren’t outside playing anymore,” Harden said. “They’re on their phone or playing video games. No, (they) need to be active and have fun and be kids. Courts is just the beginning. My ultimate goal is to change Houston and make it better.”

“Obviously the hurricane affected this area greatly, and so this is one of the reasons why I wanted to bring some positive energy and some light on this community,” Harden continued. “It’s baby steps, but we’re going to get there. In a few years, we’re going to change this city around and make it legendary.”

Hurricane Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane that formed in the Atlantic Ocean in August 2017 and unleashed devastation across Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Southern United States. Within the U.S., Texas and Louisiana were hit particularly hard, with many areas of Houston’s metropolitan area subjected to severe flooding.

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