Harden: 'Our team really came together'
Just a few days removed from their trip to Asia, the Rockets are still recovering from jet lag.
The team’s Manila, Philippines and Taipei, Taiwan stops are 13 hours ahead of Houston, and it’s about a 20-hour flight back to home.
“I’m still pretty tired,” Rockets forward Chandler Parsons said. “Everyone’s trying to adjust and get used to normal time, but I think everyone’s been waking up in the middle of the night and trying to get their sleeping patterns back and trying not to take naps during the day because those are what get you. We’re not 100 percent right now, but I’m sure we will be in a couple days.”
“Oh man, very sluggish – just tired for no reason,” Rockets center Dwight Howard said. “Coming back from those trips is always tough, but it was a good time for us to really bond with each other. Those young guys will recover faster than some of the vets on the team, but I think the trip was good for us.”
The team arrived back in Houston around 7 p.m. on Sunday night and had the day off on Monday before practicing again on Tuesday. Now the Rockets (2-1) are trying to get their legs back as they host the Orlando Magic (1-2) at the Toyota Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night.
“They’re coming back, so I think we’re going to try to put a lot of energy into tonight,” Rockets guard Jeremy Lin said. “We have a lot of time in between our next game after tonight.”
“We got an opportunity to get some rest, but I think the guys were kind of sluggish yesterday in practice just from all the jet lag,” Rockets guard James Harden said. “But it was great to get after it yesterday in practice and we had a pretty good shootaround today, so guys are ready for the game.”