January 13, 2021
By Al Ortiz
There's trouble brewing in Houston. And no, I will not say the line that has both "Houston" and "problem" in it.
In any case, however, two developments emerged on Tuesday that are putting the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets in a bit of an unwanted spotlight.
First, unpacking what happened in the Texans' world, there are reports saying that Houston QB Deshaun Watson is extremely angry at the organization, for multiple reasons, but mainly due to their hiring a general manager without informing him of the situation or consulting with him on the hire. Statements have been brewing, pointing to Watson possibly asking for a trade, and that came to a head when arguably the best player in the franchise's history, former WR Andre Johnson, called out the organization on social media.
Johnson stated, verbatim: "If I’m @deshaunwatson, I will stand my ground. The Texans organization is known for wasting players careers (sic). Since Jack Easterby has walk (sic) into the building nothing good has happened in/for the organization and for some reason someone can’t seem to see what’s going on. Pathetic!!!" Jack Easterby is of course the Texans' highly scrutinized executive vice president of football operations.
Johnson and Watson were then seen at the Houston Rockets game together later that night, a sighting confirmed with an Instagram post Johnson published picturing him and Watson together. The post's caption read: Stand your ground.
Speaking of the Houston Rockets, who lost 117-100 to the LA Lakers on Tuesday night, star guard James Harden appears to REALLY want out of the organization via trade as well. The NBA All-Star took to the podium for a post-game press conference, and finished his brief appearance by saying the Rockets weren't good enough and: "I love this city. I literally have done everything that I can. I mean, this situation is crazy. It's something that I don't think can be fixed."
Some scores for you from Tuesday night to round this all out:
- NBA - San Antonio Spurs 112, Minnesota Timberwolves 102
- High School Basketball - Uvalde Coyotes 52, Crystal City 49
Upcoming Wednesday games:
- Men's College Hoops: No. 15 Texas Tech at No. 4 Longhorns. HUGE game on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. That's definitely one to watch.