The Houston Rockets lost a close contest to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. After the game, Eric Gordon took offense to Rockets analyst Paulo Alves' tweet that predicted coach Stephen Silas would draw a play for the veteran in the clutch.
Perfect learning experience
With Houston's game on the line late in the fourth quarter on Monday, it would have been a great opportunity for Houston's younger players to gain valuable learning experience on how to play during the clutch. Instead, the 34-year-old Gordon was on the floor and had the ball in his hands during some crucial offensive possessions.
Clearly, the team is still trying its hardest to win, hence the decision to go with Gordon. But with a 1-7 standing early in the season, the organization might be better off focusing on the development of its promising prospects, like Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr., and Jabari Smith Jr. this season.
What to do with EG
One of the questions now for the Rockets is what they should do with the former Sixth Man of the Year. The wing player can still be serviceable for other teams, particularly contenders. He has proven so far that he can still light it up on offense, as he is recording averages of 14.5 points and 2.0 3-pointers per contest this season.
Houston can also opt to retain Gordon on the roster. After all, young teams typically need guidance from veteran players. Even so, he probably has no business averaging 31.5 minutes per game for a rebuilding team.