Change comes about in two ways. Either it’s forced upon you, or you force it.

In the NBA this season, there’ve been a host of changes, as there are every year. The NBA is a makeover league. One predicated on who can look the prettiest, who can make the biggest splash, who can outdo the next person since we are dealing with a team sport marketed by individuals (which has helped spawn it into a multibillion-dollar, international conglomerate). More than any other league in American sports, the NBA is a dick-measuring contest. So yeah, changes are fruitful and occasionally prosperous.

Maybe more than any team in basketball, change has become the calling card for the Houston Rockets. It’s been forced upon them, and they forced it. And it’s made them better as a result. Hear me out.