Report: Tilman Fertitta vows to stay out of Rockets’ rebuilding plan

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The Houston Rockets (15-46) currently have the NBA’s worst record in the 2020-21 season, and there’s no immediate hope on the horizon for a better 2021-22 campaign. But as owner Tilman Fertitta sees it, these two seasons could be part of the price to pay for a better long-term future.

In an interview with Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, Fertitta endorsed the longer-term rebuild seemingly put in place by general manager Rafael Stone. Among his comments:

It’s really, really hard because I am competitive and I hate to lose. But my people, including Tad (Brown) and (Rafael Stone) and even my son Patrick, just (say) the biggest mistake you can make right now is use all these picks to be a .500 club, because you’re never able to be a championship caliber club. But I hate losing so much I’m totally staying out of it, because I’m scared that I can make the wrong decisions. I want to win today. I just have to (stay out of it) because they’re right and they just gave me examples and examples.

Stone has identified Kevin Porter Jr., Christian Wood, Jae’Sean Tate, and KJ Martin as Houston’s “young core” for developmental purposes. In Fertitta’s interview, he indicated that he understands that perspective.

You’ve got to remember on Kevin Porter, he’s 20 years old. None of your superstars are great at 20. Go back and look at James Harden at 20. …

Are we going to be a championship team next year? No, we are not, OK? And I don’t even know that we’ll challenge for the playoffs next year. This is what they’re telling me. We can’t be stupid. Sometimes you’ve got to bide your time. You have to be patient, and you have to make good decisions.

The Rockets have the second-most picks of any NBA team in the first round of the next seven drafts, trailing only Oklahoma City. Unless many of those picks are traded for more established players, that would seemingly signal a commitment to a rebuilding process, since any prospects would need to be given time to develop and improve.

The complete interview can be read in the Houston Chronicle.

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