[FOX HOUSTON] Bonzi Wells Wants to Come Back to Houston
Bonzi Wells Sets the Record Straight
Last Edited: Tuesday, 22 May 2007, 6:20 PM CDT
Created: Tuesday, 22 May 2007, 6:20 PM CDT
HOUSTON -- In his first interview since Bonzi Wells prematurely ended his season with the Rockets April 9, Wells told FOX 26 Sports he has no hard feelings toward former Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy. He says he is thrilled at the expected hiring of Rick Adelman as the Rockets new head coach and he says if the business side of things can be worked out he would like to return to the Rockets.
Wells left the Rockets with five games to go in the regular season because he indicated at the time he felt like he was hurting team chemistry. In the interview with FOX 26 Wells sets the record straight about his relationship with Van Gundy.
"I felt like we had a good team and I thought I was the missing link. I still do. Coach (Van Gundy) didn't see it that way. He thought he was going the right way. Coach Van Gundy didn't think I fit in. He came to me as a man and told me that. I looked into his eyes and I could see that he hurt for me. I respected that. He told me that I could ask to be waived and I told him I didn't want to be anywhere else. I hated the way it ended because I really started to appreciate him, " Wells said.
Van Gundy is not suprised at Wells comments about him.
"Perception and reality are often very different. I never thought it was personal between Bonzi and I. I think it's great for Bonzi with Rick coming in because he has a proven history with him. I think it could work out great, " Van Gundy said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.
Wells believes the Rockets expected hiring of Rick Adelman is almost like divine intervention.
"I thought it was like God sent him here for me. Rick Adelman is a great coach. He's the best coach I have ever had. He really knows how to relate to his players. He does a great job of letting guys be themselves, " Wells said.
Wells played for Adelman for one year when both were in Sacramento.
"I love coach Adelman. With Coach Adelman coming here I really don't want to be anywhere else," Wells said.
However there is a business side to all of this. Before last season Wells signed a two year contract with the Rockets with the right to opt out after year one. The total value of the contract is about $4.4 million.
"I have a decision to make and so do they. I wanted to be here even if Jeff Van Gundy was going to be here. It's still early. I think they need a guy like me," Wells said.
Wells doesn't rule out opting out and then re-signing with Houston.
Re: [FOX HOUSTON] Bonzi Wells Wants to Come Back to Houston
Originally Posted by ForceOfNature
Bibby would be a great addition.
Bibby would be perfect he already knows Adleman the system and if you PG knows the system already with T-Mac and Yao high basketball IQ the team will waste no time learning the new systems if Adleman wants to run the princeston offense.