Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has made bold moves in the last year, landing James Harden in a trade and signing Dwight Howard this offseason
Combining that pair with a talented mix of role players has made Houston a preseason contender in the Western Conference. But Morey was unwilling to make any bold statements about his team heading into the season.
“I think there are probably at least three teams better than us, if not more,” Morey said. “Until you're going into a season feeling like you are the top one or two ... I think it's hard to talk about, 'Hey, we're one of the favorites to win the championship.' But I do think we go in with a chance, whereas we haven't in the last few years.”
Presented with the Heat, the Thunder and the Spurs, Morey said, “I think those three, I would say going in for sure are better than us, and they've definitely proven more. I think the Bulls and the Pacers they're very good as well this year. I am hoping we are in the mix with them, maybe equal quality.”
As the Lakers showed last season, high-profile acquisitions don't necessarily mean teams will meet expectations. But Morey's Rockets look as though they are built to compete with the league's best.