Everywhere you look these days, key members of the Houston Rockets are seeking a little extra spotlight.

James Harden and Russell Westbrook showcased their sartorial splendor on the GQ cover. Owner Tilman Fertitta told the Austin-American Statesman how their small-ball strategy was “working” and even announced that his team isn’t afraid of the Lakers or the Clippers.

The hype is understandable, what with the Rockets having won six of eight games since general manager Daryl Morey decided to go all-in on this approach that is so perfect for Mr. Seven Seconds or Less himself, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni. They’re 38-20 in all and fourth in the West, just two games behind second-place Denver with 24 games to go. Their remaining schedule is easier than that of all but seven teams.

But if anyone should be front and center right about now, telling anyone who will listen about the massive part he’s playing in this grand hoops experiment and why his days…





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