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@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 01:32 AM) Dwight spinning from a defender into a lob is a thing of beauty
@  Mario Peña : (27 April 2015 - 01:23 AM) So annoying, Reggie whiner doing colour commentary.
@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 01:17 AM) Let's go Rockets!
@  Cooper : (27 April 2015 - 01:10 AM) Id take the clips since they only have 6 real nba players. Hard to believe Blake/cp and crew could keep up that intensity for so long.
@  jorgeaam : (27 April 2015 - 12:53 AM) Yeah but the Spurs can stop Harden pretty easily with Leonard
@  Buckko : (26 April 2015 - 11:46 PM) As long as it goes to 7 and they each play their starters 40 mins a game, I'll be happy. However I might prefer the spurs since we have no one to guard griffin and if DJ can stop playoff d12 would be a huge factor in a rockets/clips series.
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@  JY86er : (26 April 2015 - 07:56 PM) Its all conjecture until it actually happens and even then I like our team's progress more.
@  Mario Peña : (26 April 2015 - 01:08 PM) This has now moved officially beyond the rumour mill with Woj dropping this http://sports.yahoo....-084241791.html , Spurs will continue to be elite when Aldridge signs.
@  jorgeaam : (25 April 2015 - 10:46 PM) Jason Terry said he'll wear all black before Game 4 on Sunday to prepare for the Mavs' funeral in the postseason.
@  txtdo1411 : (25 April 2015 - 03:06 PM) Carlisle is really getting desperate with his complaints. On the other hand, it's nice to be called a physical team again!
@  jorgeaam : (25 April 2015 - 01:50 AM) Get your brooms ready guys
@  jorgeaam : (25 April 2015 - 01:50 AM) 3-0!!!!!
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@  jorgeaam : (25 April 2015 - 01:22 AM) It seems the Rockets had been missing Hack-a-someone FT on the regular season so they'd get 2 more points on the playoffs, they don't miss
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@  jorgeaam : (24 April 2015 - 10:14 PM) Wow, Vinny del Negro just showed why he isn't coaching on the NBA anymore
@  jorgeaam : (24 April 2015 - 09:51 PM) Saw that live, good thing he didn't win DPOY

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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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you can only warn a man that the bridge is out.....if he keeps driving he's on his own B)


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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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