Houston Rockets coach disputes John Wall’s claims he had a meltdown


Wall indicated his displeasure with Houston’s depleted roster in 2020-21, his first year with the team. The Rockets traded James Harden to Brooklyn in January 2021, and after Harden’s deal, Houston quickly fell to the bottom of the Western Conference standings. Wall did not utter words when discussing the missile slide.


“My freshman year in Houston, we were doing tanks,” Wall said. “We lost 20 in a row. We were trying to lose on purpose – tanks.”

Rockets coach Stephen Silas addressed Wall’s remarks on Wednesday during his Wednesday appearance The Matt Thomas Show at 790 am in Houston. Silas disputed Wall’s view of the franchise, adding that he had “the same expectations” of the young Rockets as he did every other team during his two decades as an NBA assistant.

“When we go out every night, we’re trying to win a basketball game. And we prepare the same way I did when I was running with permanent playoff teams,” Silas said. “We have the same expectations from playing. We do things in a way that sets us up to win every night we’re there.”

“Will that happen? No. We’re a young team, we’ve got 19’s and 20’s, 21-year-olds who go through their emotional ups and downs, and with their matches there will be inconsistency.”

The crux of Wall’s extended comments on Tuesday centered around his 2021-22 tussle with the organization, when the Rockets indicated they plan to start young guards. Galen Green And Kevin Potter Jr. over the wall. With Wall relegated to sporadic playing time, he spent the season away from the team during workouts rather than individual workouts. Silas gave details of his account of the team’s feud with Wall on Wednesday.

“It wasn’t ideal for anyone,” Silas said. “There were some things that were obviously early in the season when we as an organization decided we were going to rebuild and build around it [Porter] And [Green] As base guards, that made it difficult for Jun. And the conversations I had with John about possibly coming off the bench or being around and providing support, they were tough conversations.

“But the final decision was that he would be here, he was going to practice. He wouldn’t train with the team, because, you know, training time was the most important thing for these young guards.”

Silas addressed a final concern about Wall’s comments during a radio appearance on Wednesday. He refuted Wall’s claims of a broken culture in Houston, instead attributing the current 11-game losing streak (and an NBA-worst 10–34 record) to a lack of experience. Silas name-checked Memphis, Philadelphia, and Phoenix as teams that emerged as competitors after a grueling rebuild. For Silas, losses as a young player do not indicate a problematic mindset.

“The best teacher is experience, and that’s what they get now,” Silas said. “You look at some of the players around the league, and just because they’ve been through a rebuilding process, their attitude is a loser.”

The Rockets will be looking to snap their losing streak and claim their first home win in over a month on Wednesday night when they host the Hornets. A tip from Toyota Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central time.

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