TheDreamShake- The Rockets got together for a players only pow-wow today in an effort to build communication and chemistry, as reported by Calvin Watkins at ESPN.
After their fourth consecutive lopsided defeat, it was newcomer Ty Lawson who pushed for and got the meeting, as he told Watkins:
"We brought everything up in the meeting. Everything turned out well. We got open feelings and communication. I feel like we're on the same page now."
The Rockets obviously have not all been on the same page, but it sounds like there may have been some behind-the-scenes things going on as well which may have been contributing to the obvious lack of on-court chemistry, though the comments are certainly open for interpretation.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. From the Western Conference finals, to the top of preseason power rankings, to fired Head Coaches and Players-Only meetings. I guess now we know why Kevin McHale wasn't invited. Poor guy was too busy packing his belongings. Shouldn't even have been called a Players-Only meeting, they should have just called it a 'Gainfully Employed-Only' meeting.
Either way, this is not good news for the Rockets. Ty Lawson knows what a dysfunctional team looks like. So much so, as a matter of fact, that he's calling his own meetings when he's only been playing meaningful basketball as a member of the Rockets for like two weeks. That's like a new hire calling a company-wide conference before he even gets his first paycheck. Except in this case that new hire is basically someone who is working from a first floor cubicle. Look at who we are talking about. Ty Lawson, the player who was allegedly drunk at practice no more than a year ago. The guy that has had new life breathed into his career. A guy that has been given a second chance to prove that he can overcome his demons.That's the self proclaimed leader of the Houston Rockets. The guy who is a couple of months removed from being too much a problem for the Denver Nuggets. This meeting reeks of desperation. Not because of the state of the franchise, but because of who called it. In volatile situations Ty Lawson's natural instinct is to turn to the bottom of the bottle for help, and nothing screams "trouble" like a brand new trade acquisition gathering the troops. When Ty Lawson gets fed up he tends to drink himself down. This ship (no pun) better get righted quickly or the apparent driver might get pulled over for a DUI.