Dwight Howard sings about season opener
Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale again was reluctant to acknowledge who his starting five would be on opening night. One of his players was more forthcoming.
"Yes," McHale said when asked if he had a starting five set for Wednesday night. That was followed by a question asking if he’d tell the media who that is. “No,” McHale answered.
Chandler Parsons was asked if the players had been told who the starters would be and he sounded almost surprised that McHale had not shared that with the media.
"I don’t know why it’s a big surprise," Parsons said. “It’s the same as how the preseason ended.”
That means Patrick Beverley will not only make his first opening night roster, he'll be making his first opening night start.
“I haven’t had the fortune to play in the NBA on opening night,” Beverley said. “It’s going to be my first. I’m definitely excited.”
It also means the twin towers experiment of Omer Asik and Dwight Howard will be used to tipoff the season. This year's starting five: Beverley, James Harden, Parsons, Howard and Asik.
The experience level of their starting lineup will be drastically different from a year ago.
The starting five last year was Asik, Marcus Morris, Parsons, Harden and Jeremy Lin.
Morris had never started a game before. Asik had just two starts and Harden had only seven. During the magical Linsanity run with New York, Lin made 25 starts. Even Parsons had a mere 57 starts in his career. That’s a grand total of 91 starts.
Slide Lin out and Beverley in, along with Howard entering his 10th season and the returning trio that started nearly every game last season and Wednesday night’s starters have a total of 1,128 starts.