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@  slick shoes : (21 June 2019 - 01:20 AM) ....and the new uniforms are trash.
@  thejohnnygold : (15 June 2019 - 02:05 PM) Agreed. Although, the injury narrative will probably keep them chirping.
@  slick shoes : (14 June 2019 - 02:40 PM) SO glad all of the Warriors fanboys can crawl back into their respective holes for an entire year. Good for Toronto/Canada as well.
@  thejohnnygold : (05 June 2019 - 07:33 PM) I think so.
@  slick shoes : (04 June 2019 - 07:20 PM) Dame and CJ #2 I assume?
@  thejohnnygold : (30 May 2019 - 05:42 PM) 3rd best backcourt in the NBA!!!
@  slick shoes : (29 May 2019 - 09:04 PM) im sure hed be great alongside jrue holiday and no one else. 100% iso ball all the time.
@  thejohnnygold : (29 May 2019 - 06:46 PM) Anthony Davis + the #1 pick?
@  slick shoes : (29 May 2019 - 05:39 PM) shopping the entire team including james. what is the point if you trade our best player away? what could we possibly get in return that is equal value of james harden?
@  slick shoes : (11 May 2019 - 02:07 AM) turnovers and missed free throws the theme of the game thus far. throwing away endless points.
@  thejohnnygold : (09 May 2019 - 01:35 PM) I wish we had found a way to steal that game...it was there for the taking.
@  Mario Peña : (01 May 2019 - 04:09 AM) Is it me or does Capela look in over his head? Why is this happening now?
@  Mario Peña : (26 April 2019 - 09:14 PM) Imagine how much it ticks off Beverly, Harrell and Williams.
@  slick shoes : (25 April 2019 - 09:58 PM) Power move by the Rockets. We travel to Oakland ahead of their next game with the assumption that GSW wins. This gives LAC bulletin board material for the game.
@  thejohnnygold : (24 April 2019 - 01:47 PM) We needed to dust off Nene either way...I think that's the way to go.
@  Mario Peña : (23 April 2019 - 09:48 PM) I wonder if kicking the tires on Nene would be beneficial. Some Nene PNR and board crashing in short stints could help against Gobert/Favors.
@  slick shoes : (23 April 2019 - 09:26 PM) Going to have to dig deep tomorrow night with Clint limited. Will be curious to see how the coaching staff adjusts to their new formula. Perhaps driving in to Gobert and getting him in early foul trouble.
@  Mario Peña : (18 April 2019 - 03:41 PM) I agree slick.
@  slick shoes : (17 April 2019 - 01:02 PM) Boogie was their answer to our run in the WCF last year. When we cover all of their shooters they can dump it to Cousins who has a physical advantage over Clint and can also shoot the 3 which pulls him from the rim. They still have Bogut but this takes them back to the W's of last year which our team has shown to match up well against with full strength.
@  Mario Peña : (16 April 2019 - 08:50 PM) I think in a general sense you are correct Johnny. Getting specific to the Rockets though I think we have the personnel to wear Curry down defensively and offensively so for the Rockets could the exit of Cousins be a good thing? To me Cousins also presented a possible matchup wrinkle the Rockets have had to figure out, maybe?

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#1 redfaithful

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 07:10 PM

Just read this article about Fred VanVleet, and the following sentence made me think about the Rockets:

 

"But I think the better explanation is that the Raptors have been absolutely incredible at developing talent. Here’s a stunning fact: The Raptors do not have a single player on their roster who was selected in the lottery of the NBA draft."

 

As a Rockets fan, the thing that I find most disappointing about the Rockets as an organization is the inability to put home grown players on the court when things matter, deep into the playoffs. Of the 9 players that played in the awful home loss to the Durant-less Warriors, only one (Capela) was developed by the Rockets. When I look at the Warriors, Nuggets, Portland, the Bucks and the Raptors, they all lean heavily on home grown talent, many times lower picks that became meaningful players. And that's without mentioning the Spurs...

 

And to add insult to injury, many players who started their career in Houston and shipped out for "better commotidy" flourish elsewhere. I guess this is not a metric that Morey and the smart people he employs take into account. So it's about time they do. Otherwise we will continue to have "Free Agency 20xx" threads in this forum, and new faces will come and leave, but the result will remain the same.

 


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#2 thejohnnygold

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 05:11 PM

Just read this article about Fred VanVleet, and the following sentence made me think about the Rockets:

 

"But I think the better explanation is that the Raptors have been absolutely incredible at developing talent. Here’s a stunning fact: The Raptors do not have a single player on their roster who was selected in the lottery of the NBA draft."

 

As a Rockets fan, the thing that I find most disappointing about the Rockets as an organization is the inability to put home grown players on the court when things matter, deep into the playoffs. Of the 9 players that played in the awful home loss to the Durant-less Warriors, only one (Capela) was developed by the Rockets. When I look at the Warriors, Nuggets, Portland, the Bucks and the Raptors, they all lean heavily on home grown talent, many times lower picks that became meaningful players. And that's without mentioning the Spurs...

 

And to add insult to injury, many players who started their career in Houston and shipped out for "better commotidy" flourish elsewhere. I guess this is not a metric that Morey and the smart people he employs take into account. So it's about time they do. Otherwise we will continue to have "Free Agency 20xx" threads in this forum, and new faces will come and leave, but the result will remain the same.

 

I hear you.  I would prefer to see a little (meaning A LOT) more reliance on development vs. all of this "trading up".

 

Marcus Morris.  Patrick Patterson.  Robert Covington.  Montrezl Harrell.  Dillon Brooks.  DeAnthony Melton (we'll see).  Nikola Mirotic.  P-Bev counts in my book.  I mean, if we are really just going to sit back and jack 3's all day why did we not keep Troy Daniels (I know...I've probably beat this dead horse dozens of times...)?  I get his defense is nothing to write home about, but check out these shooting numbers:

 

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Are you going to tell me we can't defend at a better clip than 1.2-1.5 points per possession with him on the floor?  He is a flat out monster from the corners.  Come on...

 

Swallow this pill: our last 1st rd. pick was Sam Dekker in 2015.

 

As a fan, I find it far more rewarding to root for the home team.  We're stuck rooting for this year's crop of mercenaries.  Yay!


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