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Houston fans are more focused on MVPs than championships

Is James Harden being an MVP more important than the Rockets winning a title?

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.

7 Comments on Houston fans are more focused on MVPs than championships

  1. trash article lol, no wonder I’ve never heard of this website before

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  2. Well, now you have heard of it. And you will find a lot of positive Rockets articles here. So if it took that to get you here, welcome.

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  3. Good stuff, Lamont. And true.

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  4. I get not supporting the Rockets after last year but I don’t understand the Morey hate. He’s drafted well, with the exception of Royce White and Joey Dorsey, most of his picks are starting or playing significant minutes on this team or somewhere else. His trades and signings haven’t always made sense but they aren’t deals that are detrimental to the team long-term. Last year, wasn’t entirely his fault. He went after Ty lawson on a pretty cheap deal, which everyone believed would put this team in title contention. In the end, Lawson was crap, Dwight whined about touches and let his play reflect that, and Les panicked and fired McHale. All things that were out of Morey’s hands.

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  5. Agreed, Lamont. Great points. As for folks trolling HS&S, give up. Fred and the boys have momentum, and it isn’t slowing down.

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  6. I clicked on this ready to call BS, but I can’t. Houston has some great fans that are overshadowed by a horde of myopic, impatient, complainers. This may have something to do with a longstanding tradition of athletic mediocrity, but Cleveland has shown that bad performance doesn’t justify garbage fandom.
    I don’t care if The Beard wins a raffle for unlimited ugly shoes. I just want to be proud of a team again.
    The conversations in Houston should absolutely be about building a playoff contender and less about one man’s stats. Why are we watching team sports only to be proud of one man?
    For that matter, why does watching a team sport compel Houstonians to burn one man’s jersey?
    I’ll never understand my fellow H-Town fans.

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  7. Some people were simply born to be trolls!!……That being said, Lamont, great article with a different perspective.

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