Sources say Porter Jr. and Wood accompanied the Rockets to Philadelphia on Sunday, but coach Stephen Silas made the decision to sit out after separate games involving the two players.
Sources say neither Porter nor Wood played in the second half of the Rockets’ loss to the Nuggets, which included Porter leaving the field after a half-time locker room confrontation with assistant coach John Lucas.
Sources said Porter had well-documented anger management issues – for which the team believes he was making progress – but those problems resurfaced Saturday and eventually caused him to leave the arena rather than rejoin the team in the second half, sources said.
As for Wood, he was benched to start Saturday’s game and pouted at Silas’ penalty because he didn’t show up for the team’s daily COVID test, which brought the team’s round of play. delayed, sources said.
After that, sources said, Wood showed no interest in checking on Saturday’s game when Silas called him, and Silas quickly switched to other players.
Porter became enraged after Lucas challenged him in the first half, revisiting an issue that led to the keeper losing his temper on the bench in the first half, sources said.
Lucas also faced Wood at half-time in what Silas described as a “spiritual argument” without giving any specifics. At least one other young player on the team challenged Wood, telling him that – as a veteran – Wood should set the standard on the team, sources said.
Wood, the Rockets’ top scorer and assist, went eight minutes without a goal in the first half. Houston was already over 17 points when he was on the field.
“The coach’s decision,” Silas said when asked about Wood not playing in the second half.
The Cleveland Cavaliers traded Porter to the Rockets last January for a top 55-defended second-round pick after deciding to switch from their previous first-round pick due to off-court issues, leading to Porter’s inactivity during the early part of the 2020-21 season.
The Cavaliers have decided to trade or free Porter, overall pick 30 in the 2019 draft, after he blasted team officials over their move of his locker to the backend. . The Cavaliers gave their lockers to Taurean Prince, who came to Jarrett Allen as part of a four-team James Harden deal. Porter Jr arrived on the field for the first game of the season and discovered his locker had been moved.
Houston sent Porter to his G League branch for an easy transition to the Rockets, who switched him from wing to guard. Porter, 21, has had some success in Houston, averaging 15.0 points and 6.1 assists per game over the past two seasons. Despite Saturday’s missteps, the franchise remains optimistic about Porter’s growth and development and believes he is committed to making the improvements required by him.
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