Sunday, March 11, 2012

Deja Vu

I didn't have a post All-Star weekend post. All-Star weekend was horrible, so I didn't waste my time, The Rockets are looking pretty much the same as they have the last couple of years. You know, losing to bad teams on a regular basis, fighting for the 8th seed in the West. I am seriously fed up. This is so frustrating. It's the same story with different faces. I'm not sure if we'll be able to get out of this any time soon. I don't think there is a good enough trade that the Rockets both can and will make that can get them out of this. I like Morey, and I know he's trying his best, but this is getting pointless. Les Alexander needs to let Morey blow it up. I'm not even sure why I waste my time pulling for this team. I don't enjoy watching them at al. I absolutely hate Kevin Martin. Just now I found out that Kyle Lowry is out 2 to 4 weeks with a bacterial infection. I don't know what comes next. This is just stupid now.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I'm Baaaaaaack! All-Star Break and Nonsense

It's been quite a while since my last post. (About a year and a half) I slipped out of the habit for whatever reason. Like a lot of my posts, this isn't structured very well. I basically just poured my thoughts out. The Rockets are still as irrelevant as they were last time I posted, but at least it's looking like they might make the playoffs this year. A lot has happened since my last post: the hiring of Kevin McHale, the lockout, the Chris Paul trade that wasn't, the Chris Paul trade that was. I'm not sure I've ever been as upset as I was when that trade was nixed. I, like many other Rockets die-hards, had spent hours dreaming of a dominant big man duo of Pau and Nene. I was looking forward to the Rockets being covered by the national media and playing games on national TV again.

I still feel like Morey is going to make a big trade by the deadline. Maybe we get Pau. Maybe we trade Kevin Martin. Apparently Courtney Lee wants to be traded, since the Rockets won't give him an extension(Daryl Morey doesn't give anyone extensions). I want Morey to trade for a consistent post scorer or someone who can create his own shot. This team is sitting pretty at 20-14 and could really make some noise in the playoffs with a good trade.

I think it's a shame that the trade deadline isn't the Wednesday after the All-Star game because of the lockout. There is always a lot of excitement with GMs negotiating with each other during the weekend. The trade rumors are usually more exciting then the game itself. March 15th isn't that far away though. It will be interesting to see if any rumors start this weekend. I'm thinking that Dwight Howard rumors will probably pick up, which will make for a painful and dramatic few weeks from the media.

I'm not sure how excited I am about the actually events of All-Star Weekend. Chase Budinger (who is seeing no playing time) is in the dunk contest, and Chandler Parsons is in the Shooting Stars competition. I've wanted to see Chase Budinger in the dunk contest since he was a rookie. Whoever decided on the dunk contest participants definitely knew what they were doing. I think Bud is the best dunker on the team.

I guess it's nice to see Parsons in the Shooting Stars competition, although he should have been in the Rising Stars game. He's not actually a rising star but neither is Tristan Thompson. It is phenomenal that a white guy drafted late in the 2nd round is an impact starter in his rookie season. Chandler is definitely not a shooter, but he does have a knack for hitting half-court shots. It was kind of his thing at Florida. He actually did hit a beautiful buzzer beater three off a broken play against the Sixers that may or may not have been a fade-away.

The last thing I want to talk about is how much I like Kevin McHale. There have been rumblings that some players are upset with his play selection, because they want to run a few Adelman plays that used to work well, but I think that's normal for this type of coaching change. There were a number of things I disliked about Adelman. The number one thing though was how awful he was with the media. Kevin McHale is fun to watch in interviews and press conferences no matter what mood he's in. He had a great presser last night. I'd talk about it, but I think Rahat Huq did it justice in this post: ... I feel like McHale being our head coach just makes our big men better. I can only imagine what he could have done with Pau and Nene.

So that's really all I have to say for now. I'll probably have a post All-Star post(yeah, that sounds stupid). If a trade goes down, I'm sure I'll have plenty to write about it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Lots of random thoughts on what we have (WARNING: not exactly organized):
So it's been awhile. So I was not happy about drafting Patterson, since I was hoping for a trade of some kind, and he's definitely not an exciting player. That's all I'm gonna say about that. So preseason is going well. Rockets so far are back to being a top 10 defensive team. We have so many players who are known for defense - Lee, Battier, Jeffries, Hayes. Yao is getting some blocks in the preseason, which is kind of out of character for him but good to see non the less. We don't really have any stars, but we are maybe the deepest team in the league. Martin/Lee is the best situation the Rockets have had at SG in quite some time. Courtney Lee is probably my favorite Rocket. He definitely brings two things Ariza did not - competence and confidence. I really feel like this is the best team personnel wise the franchise has had in 15 years. Jordan Hill has a Bosh-esque jump shot, which is nice to see. I was kind of worried about him and then that shot showed up. He's definitely a project, but he's got serious potential. We've also had a lot of SportsCenter Top 10 plays in the preseason, which isn't a bad thing. The Rockets were kind of forgotten by the media last season. This team has lots of offensive talent, is strong defensively, flashy, deep, and fast. I can't wait to see where this team goes. Worst case scenario: Yao goes down AGAIN, he retires and we rebuild, which is fine with me. Morey is great at rounding up role players, So we just need to get a star. Best case scenario: LeBron blows out both knees and Kobe finally has an injury he can't overcome, and the Rockets win the championship with some asterisks. I actually could see this team get past the Lakers with our depth. Adelman has to beat Phil Jackson some day, right?

Saturday, June 19, 2010

The 2010 NBA Draft is Thursday!

As a Rockets fan I am always excited about the NBA Draft, because that's when Daryl really works his magic(he's never had a lottery pick). I have read that we may make draft night trade that includes our 14th overall pick. The target is Nikola Pekovic(T-Wolves have his draft rights), the best offensive center in Europe. Yes he is a true center(not David Anderson aka Hobo Dirk). He basically has the measurements of Dwight Howard. That said he is not a good defender and not nearly as athletic. I have grown weary of 7-footers and think that 6'10''/6'11'' 170 is the perfect size for an NBA center. He is a truly remarkable post player. Houston is historically the best place for big men and I think he'd give us some serious help against the Laker giants. Whatever happens on draft night I am sure that I will be running around my house like a little girl, because Daryl will do something incredible.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bill Simmons

So I have been watching most of the Finals with Bill Simmons' live commentary which is on and If someone sends him a comment he likes he posts it on his feed. Well, the thing is he can only read the first sentence of each comment. He was talking about the bizarre halftime show and someone sent him the following comment(Simmons is a Jersey Shore fan).:

That looks like most of my nights. 2 muscled men, lots of touching and a high chance of someone contracting HIV.

I laughed to tears reading that. Simmons apologized multiple times for letting it get through. Great stuff.

Monday, June 14, 2010

What Could Have Been: Kurt Rambis and the Bulls

It's old news that the Bulls have hired Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau as their next head coach. I am absolutely convinced that had Kurt Rambis not taken the Timberwolves job last year he would have been hired by the Bulls. The T-Wolves job was really the only job available last year from what I can remember. It's also arguably the worst head coaching job in the NBA (maybe Golden State). The Bulls wanted Phil Jackson so they could court LeBron, and that's a pretty unrealistic hire, but Kurt Rambis really is the next best thing. He was probably the only assistant every true NBA fan knew by name and working with Phil Jackson in LA for most of his tenure, and prior to that he did a decent job coaching the team during the lockout(24-13). He's been a player(LeBron has said he wants to play for an ex-player), coach, and assistant GM, so he definitely knows basketball. The T-Wolves are a horribly run team. It's definitely not Rambis' fault they are stuggling.

Monday, June 7, 2010

My Lebron/Tom Izzo Theory

So today everyone has been talking about how the Cavs are trying to attract Tom Izzo. Many ESPN personalities don't thing a big time college coach would lure LeBron. I actually think the exact opposite. LeBron has a strange infatuation with college basketball. The past couple years he has decided the best player in college basketball should be his BFF(Curry, Wall). He loves his money, but I know there is a large part of him that longs to play college ball, so why not play for the man many call the best college coach in the game. I don't want to here that Izzo's coaching skills won't translate to the NBA. He's a decent recruiter who maxes out his players. Had he coached that Kentucky team I think they could have gone undefeated.