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@  SadLakerFan : (27 May 2015 - 07:55 AM) Somewhere, JR Smith is thinking "WTF?!" Howard avoids a 2 because Bogut dodged the elbow. The cynic in me says that the NBA is hoping for more viewers for game 5 and perhaps even a game 6.
@  Losthief : (27 May 2015 - 04:40 AM) nba is a business, more games=more money!
@  JY86er : (27 May 2015 - 02:15 AM) interesting how subjectively NBA applies its own rules.
@  RocketMan : (26 May 2015 - 11:46 PM) NO SUSPENSION! Glad that's over with.
@  SadLakerFan : (26 May 2015 - 08:02 PM) The difference to me is that Horford's elbow was to the shoulder; I don't think Horford should have gotten a flagrant2. Dwight unfortunately hit the face of Bogut. Silver may cut him a break in the hopes of having something to show on TV before the finals start on June 4. Frankly, I don't think the Hawks will win tonight.
@  RocketMan : (26 May 2015 - 04:59 PM) I think the fact that Bogut was being a jerk just before is the saving grace.
@  RocketMan : (26 May 2015 - 04:58 PM) But then again Randolph was a PUNCH, not backhand slap in immediate reaction to being roughed up.
@  RocketMan : (26 May 2015 - 04:56 PM) Best comparison would have to be Zach Randolph from last year... he was not ejected, but was suspended for game 7.
@  RocketMan : (26 May 2015 - 03:41 PM) They had time to review it. They will be hesitant to upgrade when they took so long in the first place to look at it.
@  JY86er : (26 May 2015 - 08:38 AM) Horford didnt get suspended. Maybe NBA give Howard a break also.
@  SadLakerFan : (26 May 2015 - 05:25 AM) There's no question in my mind Dwight is going to be suspended. You could argue he's facing away, and the hand was open, but based on what we've seen this season, he's gone.
@  Mario Peña : (26 May 2015 - 04:59 AM) It's obvious Harden has taken another step this postseason. The dude is going to be even better next year. Amazing.
@  Willk : (26 May 2015 - 04:13 AM) I have a bad feeling that Howard is going to be suspended. Hope not though
@  SadLakerFan : (26 May 2015 - 03:48 AM) The value of James Harden's rookie card just went up by a dollar.
@  cointurtlemoose : (26 May 2015 - 03:46 AM) James Harden is good at basketball.
@  SadLakerFan : (26 May 2015 - 03:34 AM) Ten point lead three minutes left. McHale can prove himself now.
@  cointurtlemoose : (26 May 2015 - 02:20 AM) Klay Thompson needs to stop what he's doing...
@  jorgeaam : (26 May 2015 - 02:15 AM) What a shame that didn't count
@  jorgeaam : (26 May 2015 - 02:14 AM) Yeah but I'd say that they get much better looks when they're trying harder on offense, rather than just letting Harden go one on one and create something
@  majik19 : (26 May 2015 - 02:06 AM) well great shooting really helps (now we've cooled off).

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Houston, Texas - Free-Agent Destination?


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#1 Drew in Abilene

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:34 AM

As we've see in the past few years, marquee Free Agents have spurned Houston in favor of cities like Miami, Los Angeles, and New York. Year after year, signing after signing, the message has been beaten in the Rockets faithful: all things being equal, the best players won't choose Houston.

Biased as I may be, I keep believing that Houston should be one of the more desirable locations for ballers to set down roots. But since that hasn't exactly panned out, I was wondering what y'all thought Houston's best assets and biggest drawbacks are, both on the court and off, in attracting high-quality talent? Also, what could be done in order to help shore up our deficiencies and maximize our strengths?

Maybe we'll never have the draw of the L.A.'s glittering lights or the Knick's Madison Square Garden, but what would it take for big time Free Agents to give us more consideration as a legitimate destination?
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Posted 24 December 2012 - 02:46 AM

Biggest asset is that we don't have state income taxes. When you're making millions that should be a HUGE attraction.
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Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:32 AM

I don't think there is a problem. we have not been able to draw FA's because we didn't have anyone that the top players wanted to play with. that will change with harden. it's harder to get that first star, after that things fall more easily into place. many nba players live here in the off season which mean they understand houston is a great place to live.
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Posted 24 December 2012 - 03:47 PM

Biggest asset is that we don't have state income taxes. When you're making millions that should be a HUGE attraction.

I wonder how much this plays a role though. I don't recall anyone signing here and citing that as a reason.
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Posted 24 December 2012 - 11:28 PM

I wonder how much this plays a role though. I don't recall anyone signing here and citing that as a reason.

I can understand it not making much difference put up against LA or NY, because of the sponsorship opportunities that are more plentiful/rewarding but put against OKC, Golden State, Charlotte kinds of cities it should be a huge factor. Of course when mentioning OKC I mean completely other than the fact that they employ the second best player in the world, and are a powerhouse.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 01:27 AM

Houston isn't a destination city but its not like Milwaukee, charolette, sacremento etc where the city may actually play a negative role in the decision making process. I think the main reason we haven't gotten top free agents is they usually want to play with other top players and we haven't had one until trading for harden.
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Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:55 AM

I don't think there is a problem. we have not been able to draw FA's because we didn't have anyone that the top players wanted to play with. that will change with harden. it's harder to get that first star, after that things fall more easily into place. many nba players live here in the off season which mean they understand houston is a great place to live.


Yeah, I'd agree with this. The key is getting players on the Team USA squad - that's where the friendships are developed and the players gain a better respect for each others' games. The seeds of The Decision were planted in 2008, and IIRC there was a period where Carmelo was trying to woo Paul to New York on the basis that they knew each other pretty well (there was some kind of speech at a wedding that caused a minor controversy or something, I think). We have someone on that team now, so hopefully that will raise the profile of the team quite a bit.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:05 AM

I remember one of the reasons Tracy McGrady wanted to go to Houston was to play with Yao Ming. So having a star caliber player in Harden definitely makes Houston a place to go to.
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