The Houston Rockets’ newest addition, John Wall will be paired up in an intriguing backcourt with long-time franchise player James Harden — at least for now. And Eric Gordon is a very good scorer in his own right over the years.
Wall will also be reunited with newly-signed center DeMarcus Cousins in H-Town. Both were teammates at the University of Kentucky in the 2009-10 college basketball season.
I know. It’s strange talking about John Wall, as the point guard for the Houston Rockets instead of John Wall as the point guard for the Washington Wizards. The trade for Russell Westbrook still seems surreal. But the idea of Wall and Cousins being on the same NBA team also seemed like a fantasy until now.
Like Wall, Cousins is a multi-time NBA All-Star and a lottery draft pick from the same rookie class of 2010. But the stars never really aligned for them to be on the same team until now, in large part because both players are returning from significant injuries. Wall is about to return from an Achilles tear after missing nearly two years. And Cousins is returning from an ACL tear in his left knee last year, and an Achilles tear in the same leg the year before that.
I certainly wish John the best this season until he plays the Wizards of course. And though I have never been enthusiastic about the Wizards getting Cousins this past decade, I’m intrigued about how he and Wall will fit in together for the Rockets this season.
Besides wishing Wall a successful start for Houston this season, do you believe that he and Cousins can re-live their UK days on the court? And do you wish that they would have been teammates earlier, presumably for the Wizards? Let us know in the comments below.