Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is a regular contributor to Houston Sports and Stuff.
By LAMONT MANN
Before I begin, I confess I no longer support the Houston Rockets. The Rockets were my team but after they squandered the 2015 season, I got so fed up I vowed never to support that team until Daryl Morey was no longer the General Manager.
I am not a Rockets “hater.” I will not purposely troll them as some do; I simply do not care for their brand of basketball. To minimize talk about the Rockets, I have muted the word Rockets on Tweetdeck. However, the mute function does not work the same on mobile twitter apps, therefore when I get on I see them.
That said, I see Rockets activity via Twitter and Facebook and I see the excitement about the season. I think it’s cool. I feel good for Rockets fans but one thing has caught my attention; it appears there’s more excitement about James Harden winning an MVP than any expectation of winning a Championship.
This may not even be an exclusive Rockets thing but a Houston Sports mentality period. Winning a damn MVP should be a secondary concern behind winning a championship. I see people get into heated debates over Harden vs. Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook and Lebron James and I think to myself, should you be this passionate about what it takes to win a championship?
It’s like this city has already conceded the fact that a championship is not realistic this year but an MVP is and we want it.
If Harden is really in the zone as everyone says, I doubt he is even focused on an MVP. I hope Harden is more focused on winning a championship and I believe he is
Maybe it’s easier for me to be critical from the outside looking in. I remember the 2014 season he was an MVP candidate. I was just as excited like fans are now. However that year we didn’t know Golden State was as elite and I did believe the Rockets had a fair chance at winning it all. I can also recall being all jacked up for the J.J. Watt MVP candidacy with no shot at a title
All in all, Houston should be more of a focused on championships than personal achievements.