The Houston Rockets are still reeling from a loss to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Everything seemed to be working in the team’s favor. The series was tied at two and then-Warriors star Kevin Durant suffered what was ultimately a series-ending injury.
Fast forward several weeks, and the Rockets are struggling big time to take inventory of their place in the changing NBA landscape. Houston ultimately lost the final two games of that series. Drama has been the name of the game in Texas since.
This one anecdote from The Athletic’s Kelly Iko tells us an even more fascinating and disturbing story. It involves embattled Rockets center Clint Capela and some of the team’s fans.
“But the fans were even harder on him, calling for his head in trade talks and deeming his contract as a waste of money,” Iko reported. “His Range Rover was vandalized in the days following Game 6, according to two people close to Capela with knowledge of the situation. The windows were broken, the side panels ripped apart and the outside of the vehicle keyed and scratched.”
Having just bought a place within walking distance of the Rockets’ Toyota Center, Capela’s car was vandalized right by the very same site that his team lost Game 6 to Golden State.
One really does have to wonder whether this is a coincidence. Based on the reporting, it doesn’t seem to be.
Fresh off signing a massive contract last offseason, Capela has been bandied about in trade rumors since. Whether he’s happy in Houston with said rumors swirling remains to be seen. But this can’t help.