“I thought I had to change” after being dismissed in the Chinese League
The Rockets were reported to have both James Harden and Russell Westbrook ace demanding a trade from the team. The huge contract money is likely to hinder the new season without a trade being made, but Christian Wood, who moved to the Rockets off, said, “It fits perfectly” without worrying about such mess. He spoke in the Houston Chronicle.
“I like to run open to the outside. I also know the Rockets like 5 outs. The play that James and other players play around him definitely fits me too. Yo “
Wood made an early entry into the 2015 draft but wasn’t nominated. He signed a contract with the Seventy Sixers, but was forced to play mainly in the G League. After that, he traveled to the Hornets, Bucks, and Pelicans for four years, but did not get enough play time. However, Wood’s talent blossomed as Andre Drummond was traded last season when he belonged to Pistons and his chances of participation increased. In 12 games he played as a starter, he achieved an average of 22.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, a field goal success rate of 54%, and a 3-point shot success rate of 37.7%.
In 2017, he signed to the Chinese League’s Fujian Star Johns but was fired without playing in the match. However, it is said that this experience changed him. “I thought I had to come back from China and step up in the G League. When I was cut by the Chinese team, they said I was’insufficient’. I was hurt without being drafted. I thought I had to change because of the release from there. “
The Rockets have been assistant coaches for many years, with Stephen Silas, Mavericks assistant coach last season, as the new commander. Wood has been coached by Cyrus during the Hornets era in the 2016-17 season. Although he only played in 13 games, he learned that “confidence is the key” and is deepening his confidence that he can play an active role as a second option in the Rockets conducted by Cyrus.
“You need to be confident to survive in the NBA and you have to try to be the best player on the court. That’s what I like. I have the ability to widen the floor and it’s great. You can drive in. You can shoot the best in the league. James has the ability to knock down his opponent and I think it’s a good second option. “
Wood has a big deal of $ 41 million for three years, but the road to success is steep, “the road to the present was crazy,” he reiterated. “I can’t wait for the season to start,” said Wood, who is looking forward to playing in the new season, and must lead the new Rockets in the right direction.