"I think about what I'm going to have for breakfast", Kerr said prior to tipoff against the Lakers. Also, Carmelo Anthony not opting into the final year of his contract, worth almost $28 million, would help, but nobody around the league expects that (Anthony is going to take the cash).
The Rockets beat the Warriors on the road earlier this season by one point when they played each other on October 18 (AEDT) but the two teams will face off again in Texas on January 5 and January 21. "I also think about lunch, what we're going to do at practice and what movie my wife and I are going to watch that night". However, if the Rockets do go after him then someone on the roster may need to sacrifice some money.
"It's the only thing we think about", Morey said on The Ryen Russillo Show on ESPN. "I think I'm not supposed to say that, but we're basically obsessed with 'How do we beat the Warriors?'"
Melo can also opt out of his contract in the summer and become a free agent but in order for the franchise to feature all three players on their roster, along with Harden, they'd have to make a number of moves and go way above the luxury tax.
So far this season, despite being a well worn 32, LeBron has averages of 28.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 9.2 assists per game.
Without Anthony and LeBron, however, the Rockets now own the league's best record at 25-5 and may win the championship and overcome the Warriors without their services.
So it goes for the reigning NBA Champions and their top challenger, a Houston team that holds a half game edge in the Western Conference standings as the teams approach the start of a new calendar year.
"They've been great", Kerr said. "They're better defensively. Obviously Chris Paul gives them a different dimension and they've been destroying everybody". I'm not convinced (if both teams are healthy), but they have the best shot of anyone in the Association.
"But I don't wake up in the morning thinking about them". As the season's halfway point nears, no team looks more capable of challenging the defending champs than this revamped Rockets squad.