September 29, 2020

Rockets seek better ‘mindset’

Robert Covington did not intend to be repetitive. He does not suffer from a limited vocabulary. He really was not even trying to make a point. But he did.

As the Rockets forward was asked about issues this week and especially in the blowout loss against the Clippers on Thursday, he kept hitting on the same two words, “mindset” and “approach.”

In a way, he had hit on every other issue, with the Rockets’ attitude to start games or handle poor stretches becoming issues they had not seen coming when they were on a roll a week ago.

Jonathan Feigen has been the Rockets beat writer since 1998 and a basketball nut since before Willis Reed limped out for Game 7. He became a sports writer because the reporter that was supposed to cover the University of Delaware basketball team decided to instead play one more season of college lacrosse and has never looked back.

Feigen, who has won APSE, APME and United States Basketball Writers Association awards from El Campo to Houston, came to Texas in 1981 to cover the Rice Birds, was Sports Editor in Garland before moving to Dallas to cover everything from the final hurrah of the Southwest Conference to SMU after the death penalty.

After joining the Houston Chronicle in 1990, Feigen has covered the demise of the SWC, the rise of the Big 12 and the Rockets at their championship best.

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