Listen to Ric Bucher join The Jason Smith Show to explain why he believes Rockets’ owner Tilman Fertitta’s ties with President Donald Trump are playing a role in many Rockets players wanting out of Houston, as even stars the likes of James Harden and Russell Westbrook have been named in trade rumors all week.
Bucher said on The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard and Rob Parker on Monday that the Fertitta’s politics were leading to a ‘revolt’ among Rockets players wanting out, but Bucher clarified his comments on Tuesday saying it was ‘one of’ the factors.
Here were Bucher’s comments from Monday (Audio Below):
“I immediately thought this was Daryl Morey leaving, and Mike D’Antoni leaving, and Russell Westbrook and James Harden going ‘no offense to Stephen Silas or Rafael Stone, but we don’t want a starter kit, we’re playing for a championship.' No matter how much you regard Stephen Silas or Stone, these guys are brand new at the job, and what’s our expectation that they’re going to be able to make the moves necessary for us to leapfrog the Lakers. But what I heard is — and we know how much politics and political position had to do with the boycott and protests during the Bubble — I’m hearing that Tilman Fertitta’s strong Republican support and donations is one of the things that is contributing to this dissatisfaction, and those two [Westbrook and Harden] are not the only ones to want out of Houston. Lesser players are of the same mind. There is a revolt here because they look at Fertitta as a guy who supports the current President.”