Two-time NBA All Star guard Victor Oladipo had an outstanding debut for the Houston Rockets but still his side failed to get a win over the Chicago Bulls. Oladipo, who arrived in a trade for 2018 NBA MVP James Harden, scored a team-high 32 points but the Rockets fell just short as the Bulls claimed a 125-120 win.
The Rockets haven't enjoyed a good start to the season as the team sits at 4-8 but Oladipo is optimistic that the things will change for the better in Houston. "I know that better days are ahead for the Houston Rockets, and I'm looking forward to being a part of those special days," Oladipo said after the game, as revealed on ESPN.
Oladipo's 32 points scored were the second most in a Rockets debut as Harden scored 37 points in his debut nearly a decade ago. "It started off a little bit shaky, which is natural, but you could see what we can be with him on the floor," Rockets coach Stephen Silas said.
"We can see that he can be a primary scorer, he can make plays for others, he can really get after it on the defensive end. So, we're excited about him and the prospects of what he can do and what he can be."
Oladipo wants to achieve success with the Rockets
The Rockets have been a playoff team for years but haven't really enjoyed much success in the postseason in all those years. Oladipo, who made back-to-back All Star appearances in 2018 and 2019, wants to be great and win an NBA Championship with the Rockets.
"We're not trying to be a good team. We're trying to be a great team," Oladipo said. "We have the ability to do so. We have the personnel to do so and the coach. Now it's all about doing it and buying into every day, every possession, and playing every game like it's our last.
That's this team's mentality. "We have to continue to get better, obviously, the chemistry continue to grow, the defense get better. But the mentality can never change, and the approach can never change. That's what we're all about, man.
We're going to go out there to play with that chip, that brick, that whatever it is on our back, whatever is the biggest thing you can carry on your back, and go out there and compete for one another. If we do that, I truly believe we can be a very good team."