Garcia's the Rockets' new old guy

Garcia's the Rockets' new old guy
February 25, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Robinson, Garcia on their first Rockets' practice

Francisco Garcia may be one of the newest Rockets, but while he's at it, he instantly becomes the team's oldest Rocket too.

Garcia was the second-oldest player on the Kings before being traded last Wednesday along with Thomas Robinson and Tyler Honeycutt to Houston for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, and Toney Douglas.

In 40 games with the Kings, Garcia, 31, averaged 5.2 points. He also averages 36.7 percent shooting from downtown.

Now with Houston, he becomes the team's elder statesman, beating out Carlos Delfino by about eight months.

"I'm kind of used to it now," Garcia said. "I'm alright with it. James (Harden) kind of made a joke. He said I looked like I'm 21. It feels good to be out there with them."

As far as his role on the team and what his playing time might be like, Garcia said, "Just go out there and play. That's all I can do is go out there and play: bring my defensive mentality to the team and we're going to be alright."

When asked whether or not Garcia's experience would mean more of a chance for early playing time as opposed to fellow Rocket newbie Thomas Robinson, Kevin McHale acknowledged that was a possibility, but since this was a first practice, all things remain to be seen.