Rockets have youth and experience

Rockets have youth and experience
October 30, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Harden talks about opening night

The most anticipated Houston Rockets season opener probably since Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady were Rockets teammates has finally arrived with the Charlotte Bobcats in town for tonight's 7 p.m. tipoff at Toyota Center.

The Rockets returned to the playoffs last year for the first time since the 2008-09 season and James Harden said he'll be thinking a little bit about their first round series loss to Oklahoma City as they prepare to open the season.

"It was kind of my first go round as far as being the man on the team," Harden said.

"It was all a learning experience for me," he continued. "We're looking forward to getting back into the postseason and hopefully making a run."

He also thinks, despite being a very youthful group, that they have the right mix of playoff experience and talent to accomplish big things.

"Yeah this is a great team, we've got all aspects (of that). It's going to be a great one," Harden said.

The Rockets have only one player, Francisco Garcia, age 29 or older. But they have a roster full of players with playoff experience.

In fact, new forward Omri Casspi is the only Rockets' veteran who has not played in a postseason game in his career. Dwight Howard and James Harden have both played in an NBA Finals series. Ronnie Brewer and Omer Asik have reached the conference finals. They did that as teammates with Chicago in the 2011 playoffs.

That is a major change from last season when six Rockets made their postseason debuts.