One of the biggest problems with the Los Angeles Lakers last year was that despite all their talent, they just never quite meshed. Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and the rest never legitimately seemed to like each other.
Jeremy Lin, James Harden and the Houston Rockets don’t want to repeat their in-conference rivals’ mistakes.
This year, the Rockets have enough talent to challenge anyone in the NBA – including the Miami Heat. At this point, the hard part for them will be staying healthy and getting on the same page. There’s not much they can do about the first thing, but the second one is something that can be worked on.
On Saturday night, Lin, Harden, Howard and an assortment of other Houston players attended UFC 166 together.
“It was crazy,” Harden told CSN Houston after the fact. “You’re up and close seeing all those guys trying to do whatever it takes to win – break the other person’s nose or arm or whatever it takes to win. That’s the kind of mindset that I have going into every single game is doing whatever it takes.”
Patrick Beverley, who was pictured sitting next to Lin at the event, agreed with that sentiment.
“It was a different experience for me,” he said. “That’s the real deal – blood everywhere, but it was fun. The whole team went. We had a great experience."
Along the same lines, Howard appreciated being able to attend the event and bond with his new teammates.
“I’ve been to a couple. I think the best fight was the one in the stands. There was a fight in the stands that was pretty good,” Howard joked. “But the whole night was great. It was sold out. We’re looking to see those same types of crowds when we start playing. But it was a lot of fun. We all enjoyed it and the fans were great.”
[pic via UFC]