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Interview: Fred VanVleet on how the culture is changing in Houston

Even in the aftermath three road losses last week, the Rockets remain one of the NBA’s feel-good stories of the 2023-24 season to date. Coming off three straight years at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, Houston (8-9) continues to play consistently competitive basketball under new head coach Ime Udoka.

Beyond Udoka, one of the biggest reasons for Houston’s improvement was the offseason acquisition of Fred VanVleet as a free agent. The veteran guard is averaging 16.5 points (37.7% on 3-pointers), 9.1 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game while providing strong defense and leadership, and assists total ranks fourth in the NBA.

On Monday, VanVleet joined ESPN’s renowned league insider, Adrian Wojnarowski, on a fresh episode of The Woj Pod. Topics of discussion included VanVleet’s massive impact with the team; his Toronto departure; the changing face of team building in the NBA, the new in-season tournament; and much more.

Read on for select quotes and insights from VanVleet’s conversation with Wojnarowski, and listen to the complete episode below.

Fred VanVleet on Houston’s revamped culture

Fred VanVleet on Ime Udoka’s leadership

Fred VanVleet on leaving Toronto

Fred VanVleet on 2023 free agency

Can Rockets make the 2023-24 playoffs?

Fred VanVleet on loyalty

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