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@  feelingsuper... : (24 April 2014 - 05:46 AM) Looking back maybe they peaked too early, bought into the hype and then the injuries didn't help.
@  tombrokeoff : (24 April 2014 - 05:37 AM) by my count, the Rockets are 10-10 in their last 20 games. havent been playing great in some time.
@  tombrokeoff : (24 April 2014 - 05:34 AM) when was the last time you were confident in what you saw the Rockets producing on the court? Apr 4th vs OKC? Mar 9th vs Portland? March 7th vs Indiana??
@  Cooper : (24 April 2014 - 05:29 AM) LMA looks like 2011 dirk, but hasn't helped that harden has completely no showed. Team didn't show any fire outside of dwight and hobbled Bev which is ridiculous for a playoff game.
@  tombrokeoff : (24 April 2014 - 05:10 AM) yeah they better bring it back to houston. would be nice if they could manage to win one there and again once back here to take it 6. would be incredible if they could take it to 7. theyll be lucky to win 1 though i think. unless portland pulls a houston and gets big headed/over confident.
@  feelingsuper... : (24 April 2014 - 05:09 AM) I agree, this is the most disappointed in Harden and this team I've been since he arrived. I hope they don't splinter. It's time for them to toughen up and close ranks whether they win or lose this series.
@  tombrokeoff : (24 April 2014 - 05:02 AM) yeah i just dont get why hes MIA .... I honestly hope that something comes out a month or so from now that hes dealing with some crazy offcourt drama. not that i want his game easily affected, but dont some kind of 'ahhh ok i guess i get it now' excuse would make me feel a little better.
@  rockets best... : (24 April 2014 - 05:00 AM) I think this is the most I have been disappointed in Harden since he arrived
@  tombrokeoff : (24 April 2014 - 04:59 AM) agreed
@  rockets best... : (24 April 2014 - 04:59 AM) I saw no fire from Harden. time for him to go see the wizard and get a heart
@  feelingsuper... : (24 April 2014 - 04:58 AM) Aldridge didn't play like this in the regular season. He is on a mission and Portland looks Conference Finals bound.
@  feelingsuper... : (24 April 2014 - 04:56 AM) Harden seems like he is going to learn the hard way. He is going to get schooled a couple years in the post season before he gets it.
@  tombrokeoff : (24 April 2014 - 04:55 AM) i seriously dont know how we went 3-1 vs Portland in the reg season. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE matchup for us. Therefore I hate to throw all of the blame on McHale, but I wanted him fired 2 years ago.
@  rockets best... : (24 April 2014 - 04:52 AM) Harden played like a 3rd banana maybe 4th even.....might be time to get serious about that Melo talk
@  rockets best... : (24 April 2014 - 04:49 AM) slow him down even
@  rockets best... : (24 April 2014 - 04:49 AM) Portland has figured out how to slow Harden yet McHale can't adjust to stop LMA
@  miketheodio : (24 April 2014 - 04:48 AM) yeah it's not one person. it's the mantra of the system the team runs. lookin at you morey.
@  rockets best... : (24 April 2014 - 04:48 AM) yeah but it starts with the coach
@  feelingsuper... : (24 April 2014 - 04:47 AM) I just think it's more complicated than one person being a scapegoat, seems too simplistic.
@  rockets best... : (24 April 2014 - 04:46 AM) if McHale gives us that the ball got sticky phase I'll pass out

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#1 Red94

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:58 PM

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#2 bob schmidt

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

Provocative questions Rahat. I will share a few thoughts... For starters, I have little interest in Howard. He strikes me as a happy-face, aren't I good, basketball player instead of a gritty, determined winner despite obstacles. Plus, he may be damaged goods unable to perform as he once did. Until we get a better look at our rookies, Motiejunas and Jones, I'd rather not make any moves at the 4 slot. Between them, they have yet to play anything but garbage minutes, and only 130 minutes combined through the season. Of course, if we get an inquiry from someone wanting to trade a good 4 to us I would certainly listen to all offers. Meanwhile, the Rocket coaching staff must have some ideas to share with Harden and Lin regarding turnovers. We just cannot continue to defeat ourselves with sloppy habits that cause them.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:27 PM

I was already steeling myself for the inevitable Josh Smith acquisition. Now you've raised some very compelling points about a Pau Gasol acquisition. (Is still good, could be got on the cheap, contract end coincides with a very rich free agency year) I'm wondering just how this team will look in a month.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

I'd accept Howard in a trade or free agency for sure, but I agree with you in that I don't think Dwight's being moved before the Feb. deadline. Will he re-sign w/ LAL? That's a different story...but I don't think Houston can offer him what ATL can. Gets to go home, have a team built around them, and a team that has a LOT of offseason flexibility (can't they also give him the 5 yr K?).

Pau Gasol for 2 yrs is a good trade, imo, if, as you said, we don't give up too much. Would a trade centered around Lin net us Gasol? I wonder...
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

@phaketrash.
Yeah, I'm certain the Lakers are dying to trade Gasol for a long-term/big-money backup PG. You do remember that they have Nash, right?
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:06 PM

Something has to be done.No reason to have Mchale keep jerking guys in and out of the line up. I think right now Lin, Parsons, Patterson still have good value. Not sold on Harden yet, but I'm sure Mchale will give him every chance to look good. So either strike while you have a chance or continue to allow Mchale to destroy this team. This team seems broken and right now I think we have regress with Mchale and Sampson.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 12:38 AM

Those thoughts leaves you wonder that Gasol might be a great fit for us regarding his contract and our lack of post offense. It's almost certain that a trade to get him here would have to involve both Patterson and Morris to unjam that PF position. Capwise, we will have to send Lin or Asik, but neither one of them would be appealing for them since they are making too much money to be sitting on the bench, and probably they would want Parsons.

Bottom line, it would be nice to get him here, every party would be benefited, but....we will be inflicting too much damage to this "developing roster" and he is not worth it anymore, IMO.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 03:52 PM

@phaketrash.
Yeah, I'm certain the Lakers are dying to trade Gasol for a long-term/big-money backup PG. You do remember that they have Nash, right?


That was my biggest concern -- not the size of Lin's contract per se, but the length of it. LAL is on track to have a clean slate in 2014 almost haha, but Lin's $8M would mess with that. The $$$ isn't THAT much, even if he's coming off the bench. I mean shoot, they have a $19M man coming off the bench right now :P

And already having Nash doesn't change anything. Lin's the spark they need off the bench to back UP Nash, who they don't put ridiculous minutes on because of his age (I presume). Who do they have backing up Nash at the 1 right now? D.Morris? Blake's still out on injury I believe...so I mean...

And this is if LAL even decides to move Gasol rather than have him be upset and waste away on the bench. Gasol's $19M salary makes it nearly impossible to get any deal back that isn't somewhat "big money." With us, they are shedding $6-7M...I don't think they can say that with many other teams. Few have our cap space and the commodities to trade. Who'd give near $19M in expiring contracts? Pacers?

I do agree with ale11 though. I think LAL would do the deal in a heartbeat if Parsons were thrown in (they need the perimeter relief), but I don't want to trade Parsons in the deal for Gasol. Parsons is our trump card in that he gives our roster talent at a CHEAP price. It allows us to build a more competitive roster while not sacrificing production, esp. with what Parsons brings to the table. Giving that and other pieces up for Gasol...not worth it since we wouldn't be contenders.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:45 PM

I've been cringing at the thought of trading for Gasol for a while now. For one, I'm not sure that he would be more motivated in Houston than in L.A., although I'm sure McHale would be more accomodating to Gasol's post game than D'Antoni.
My other concerns is that on offense, Gasol's skillset doesn't mesh with Houston's core. He likes to operate in the low post. Lin, Harden and Asik all need to score around the basket. His presence would also muck up the pick-and-roll game for Harden and Lin. We'd have to revamp our roster around Gasol, and he's not worth it.
But really, the biggest fear is that Gasol would Odom us. He likes Los Angeles. He has nothing else to prove as a pro. He has interests outside of basketball. Getting traded away to a rebuilding team in Texas will not result in Happy Pau.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:09 PM

I've been cringing at the thought of trading for Gasol for a while now. For one, I'm not sure that he would be more motivated in Houston than in L.A., although I'm sure McHale would be more accomodating to Gasol's post game than D'Antoni.
My other concerns is that on offense, Gasol's skillset doesn't mesh with Houston's core. He likes to operate in the low post. Lin, Harden and Asik all need to score around the basket. His presence would also muck up the pick-and-roll game for Harden and Lin. We'd have to revamp our roster around Gasol, and he's not worth it.
But really, the biggest fear is that Gasol would Odom us. He likes Los Angeles. He has nothing else to prove as a pro. He has interests outside of basketball. Getting traded away to a rebuilding team in Texas will not result in Happy Pau.


But Gasol has been on the market for so long, I think he doesn't really like LAL that much more. He's constantly in trade talks, and if I were him, I'd be tired of it. Now with D'antoni and the benching, Gasol prob feels at an all time low -- super underappreciated. He'd be #2 in HOU easily, and I think he'd thrive in HOU now. First time we "traded" for him, I would have said otherwise, but given everything now...

And keep in mind, a trade for Gasol may involve trading away Lin. In fact, I sort of hope it does haha. I like Lin a lot, but he doesn't fit our team either (really). So then it is just Harden driving to the basket. Asik and Gasol's efficacy together is a legitimate concern. Asik's butterfingers messes up a lot of what makes Gasol a great low post threat, and the two of them would certainly clog the lanes. That being said, I think it could work, esp. if (like Lin and Harden now) there's a slight stagger in the minutes Gasol and Asik play together. I think they'd work well together (more so than Lin and Harden), but Smith and Gasol is pretty awesome too.

If Morey thinks we have a shot at Dwight, then obviously no Gasol. But shoot, I still think LAL and ATL have better chances of landing Dwight than we do...

I assume we don't want to throw a 4 yr max deal at JSmith. I really don't like him for the Rockets, esp. at max money. I think he'd only bring more frustrations to our team.

I like signing Millsap a lot, but no idea how much he'd cost. He'd also be 4 yrs (prob) and keep us out of the 2014 and 2015 SUPER AWESOME free agencies (Gasol would not). That makes me hesitant, even though I like Millsap a lot, because he alone doesn't do it. But I'd still be happy with a Millsap signing at like $10M or something because hey, maybe our young assets develop and we get our last piece in house. Could still swing a non-blockbuster trade too with what we have down the road, so still possibly cool.

I think that is it though. Those are our only realistic options. CP3 staying w/ Clipps. Who else is left? Id' rather move Lin +expirings +PFs for Gasol and D.Morris, and then maybe try to then get a backup PG or a meh starting one in the offseason. Gasol for Asik instead is a big no.
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