Houston Rockets reach deal with Luis Scola: 5 years, $47million

Just tweeted by Jonathan Feigen of the Chronicle.  He originally tweeted “5 years, $57million”, leaving me scrambling to pick my jaw up from off the floor.  Still, this is quite a hefty price-tag for the 30 year old.

Update at 10:02AM on Friday morning

On the surface, this signing has ‘Carrol Dawson’ written all over it.  (To the younger fans, that’s not a good thing.)  My first reaction was to wonder who let the Rockets’ former general manager in on the negotiations.

With that said, Daryl Morey’s track record has earned him the benefit of the doubt.  With no capable replacement, they couldn’t just let Scola walk.  While the figure is higher than expected, you can rest assured that the Rockets let the market set the price, probably with intel about a potential offer – this was not borne out of the same gratuitous urge that brought you Kelvin Cato.

So why didn’t Morey simply wait and match an offer sheet as he did with Landry and Lowry?  Perhaps there was a higher offer expected to be on the table.  Another reason could be that because the annual raises for contracts for players signed by their original team is 10.5% (as opposed to 8% if signed by another team), the lower first year salary could have been desired to offer potential breathing room (around the tax threshold) near the deadline if the team decides to cut losses.

In a now outdated special for SB Nation Houston, I explained where the club stood with regards to the cap.  With a starting salary just under $8million, Scola’s new deal pushes the Rockets well into luxury tax territory.

Many may have qualms with the decision.  After all, Scola will be 35 when the deal ends and isn’t exactly elite.  With that said, his production since the Landry trade has been undeniable.

In March, I wrote that in the ten games to that point following the Landry trade, excluding one night when he only logged 16 minutes due to injury, Luis Scola had averaged 19.4ppg and 12.2rpg.  While I don’t yet have the final figures on Scola on the year, that’s All-Star production.

More as it comes.

Update at 9:28PM: A reader, Chris, writes:

Rahat, word is the 5th year is only partially guaranteed. (ala what the Mavs do).

Fascinating considering that the last year on Lowry’s deal is also partially guaranteed.  This is significant.  Remember that in the modern NBA economy, it’s no longer expiring contracts which hold paramountcy in value, but rather partially guaranteed deals and traded player exceptions.  Teams want the instant savings, as opposed to cap space, and Morey seems to be engineering his signings to create that asset for future use.

Update at 6:42AM on Friday morning:

A reader, Carl Herrera, writes:

Scola is reported to have an offer from Tau Vitoria, his old team in Spain. My guess is that the Rockets “matched” that offer.

This would seem to make the most logical sense – an outright signing flies in the face of Morey’s established M.O. (not to mention smart business.)  You can rule out altruism as the source of this, contrary to what is no doubt the popular assumption.  Still though, pretty surprising that 1) the Rockets felt there was enough of a chance of him going back overseas to do this and 2) that contracts run so high abroad.

A reader, Bob Schmidt, writes:

Would anyone prefer Brendon Haywood at a six-years for $55 million? He’s also 30 and the Mavs look nuts for making this deal. Career averages not much more than 1/2 Scolas.

I don’t know if I agree here.  There’s a premium on 7 footers.  By some statistical metrics I’ve seen, Haywood is also considered elite defensively.  I think that price was pretty fair.

A reader, Keith, writes:

According to Feigen “In the 29 games after his backup Carl Landry was traded to the Sacramento Kings, Scola averaged 22.2 points and nine rebounds” thought i would help.

Scola’s pretty much a true 20/10 making this a fair value contract.  Then why do I hold such a subjective bias against him?  I’ve always found it interesting psychologically to evaluate my own biases and assumptions.  Here we have a 20 and 10 guy who works tirelessly, does not miss games, and is the consummate professional, and yet my immediate reaction upon his garnering $9million annually is a negative one – what gives, Rahat?

It could be because his game is so ugly.  I touched on this concept in my feature piece on Yao Ming saying that a large part of negative perception towards Yao is borne from the fact that when he struggles, unlike other players, it’s aesthetically painful to watch.  I wonder if the same thing is at play here with Scola – he’s an oafish dude who seems to have clubbed feet when he runs, seems to have never run a left-handed dribbling/layup drill, and sticks his foot out on his jumpers.  Yuck.  If that’s the case, that’s pretty irrational on my part.

One claim I’ve always made is that I felt Scola couldn’t compete against the elite teams.  I decided to verify this by checking the data at Hoopsstats.

Against playoff teams last year, Scola averaged 15.5ppg and 8.0rpg on 49% shooting.  Against lottery teams, he averaged 17.3ppg and 9.6rpg on 54% shooting.  A drop-off, yes, but nothing so egregiously apparent as to validate my claim or come as unexpected against better competition.

Against the top 8 teams in the West, Scola averaged 15.8ppg and 7.7rpg on 51% shooting, roughly around his season averages.

I’ve been pretty off-base on this.  While no one would ever mistake Scola for elite – he doesn’t do it against double teams – he brings it at the same rate against both good and bad teams.

As many readers have noted, given Luis’ playing style (ie: no reliance on athleticism), and lack of NBA mileage, there shouldn’t be much concern over his age and the length of the deal.  And the fact that the last year is partially guaranteed is quite huge – that will be a nice trade chip in a few years.

This contract was by no means a bargain but after assessing this from all angles, it was a fair, if not good deal.

The focus now turns to further moves.  The team still needs an upgrade somewhere but is stuck in a strange spot where few targets would be enough of an upgrade that they would justify their respective costs.  Morey clearly felt the power forward spot could be improved so he targeted Bosh and Stoudemire, but after striking out on them, there isn’t anyone available who is any better than Scola.  (In light of this reality, one can see why the team had but no choice to match any offer he received.)

The team can’t get any better at either center or shooting guard, leaving us with the ‘1’ and the ‘3.’ Even if Brooks is re-signed for $8million/annually, he and Lowry provide better total production than all but a few point guards in the league.  On the other hand, one can argue that the presence of one great player (think Chris Paul) is more impactful than the equal statistical production of two.

Bad news on the market at the ‘3’, as an emailer sends in the following news from theindychannel.com:

Under the deal announced Monday, the team will stay in Conseco Fieldhouse the next three seasons while the city pays $10 million a year for running the arena and pays for a minimum of $3.5 million in fieldhouse improvements, 6News’ Norman Cox reported.

That financial relief would alleviate any need for the Pacers to move  forward Danny Granger.

Carmelo Anthony will likely be available but is such a trade worth the risk?  If he doesn’t sign an extension with the Nuggets, what would make him extend with the Rockets?  He has no reason to think the Rockets are a better organization than the Nuggets or that they have a better chance of winning, given the standings in recent history, nor does he have any affinities to anyone on the team.

A reader, Rahul, writes:

As long as I’m on Twitter, does anyone think that Scola’s favorite team in the World Cup being Uruguay has anything to do with the fact that his doppleganger made the winning penalty kick vs Ghana?http://twitter.com/LScola4/status/17953144554

I can’t seem to find a pic as I don’t know the guy’s name, but to anyone unfamiliar with the reference, a player on Uruguay’s national soccer team looks exactly like Scola.  By ‘exactly’ I mean I haven’t seen a more uncanny resemblance since draft night 2007 when I wondered why the hell Morey had just drafted Chris Rock.

Anyways, my immediate reaction at the time, seeing that Uruguayan player live, was mixed anger and befuddlement as to why Scola would risk injury in a contract period by participating in another sport.  Scola getting hurt playing for a different country in the freaking World Cup would give Moises Alou’s treadmill injury a run for its money atop the list of Houston sports medical oddities.

Rahul again:

“Is there any way to transplant David Anderson’s hands on Jacoby Jones’ body?”

This is undoubtedly the first time anyone has ever made mention of Dave Andersen possessing enviable hands (or any other physical characteristic for that matter.)

And finally, Rahul once more:

I feel like Morey has entered phase 2 of his strategy. After a couple years of stockpiling assets (buying second rounders, signing Hayes and Scola, trading for undervalued players like Lowry), shedding the team of bad contracts, limiting exposure to long term albatrosses, and infusing the team with young and cheap talent, he has reached the turning point.

Well, similarly, you could have dreamed, “What if Daryl Morey one day had an abundance of assets and cart blanche to go over the luxury tax and pursue any deals he wants?” I think we’re about to find out. This summer, Morey did not buy and second rounders. In fact, he tried to move UP. A few months ago, he traded for Kevin Martin, who has a few years left on his contract. He re-signed Luis for five years. He signed Ariza for five years last summer. This was all in contrast to the short, small contracts we were seeing from him before. The man is Keyser Soze. While we try to identify his strategy, we’re actually left analyzing a plan he exercised months before and has since moved on from. Maybe signing Ariza and trading Landry was the harbinger that preparation was complete, that phase 2 is on, and that Morey is about to show us what he really wants to do.

I think we’re in Phase 3 with the lines blurred between the phases.  Morey expunged toxic assets in Phase 1, trading Howard, Alston, and Bonzi Wells.  Phase 2 saw him create wealth, identifying market inefficiencies in acquiring the likes of Landry, Lowry, Brooks, and Budinger.  We’re now in Phase 3 where we see asset retention and upgrade.  Morey sold high on Landry leaving everyone to assume ‘selling high’ was entrenched philosophy.  Now he goes and re-signs Lowry and Scola at their market rates, disproving our (or atleast my) initial assumption that he only dealt with bargains.  We find ourselves at the tipping point with no point of return and a roster teeming with so much wealth that Morey can’t retain it all even if he wanted.  Does he make the logical move and upgrade again, combing assets, or does he shock us all and keep every one of them?  Who knows but I’m anxious to find out.

Update at 8:34AM: CNBC Sports Business’s Darren Rovell tweeted yesterday that Penny Hardaway would be announcing his intention to return to the NBA.  I have mixed emotions.  This is not unlike the feeling one has in adolescence when first realizing one’s own parents’ embarrassing quirks.

Penny Hardaway was my childhood idol.  If you’re around my age, he was yours too.  Most NBA wings under 30 cite Penny as their favorite player growing up (T-Mac, Lebron have gone on record). In fact, in terms of popularity, I can’t think of even a near-equivalent to Penny in the modern game. There’s sort of a duality with Kobe-Lebron where everyone hates/loves one or the other, splitting the vote.  No one really cares about Wade.  Iverson was there for a while but of course that’s no longer. Everyone loved Penny Hardaway.

The funny thing is, in retrospect, while great, he wasn’t really much compared to today’s elite.  Even in highlight clips, you can see he had sort of a weak left hand, often slightly losing the ball when making a move to that direction.  He couldn’t pull up going to his right.  It just underscores the point that we’re currently witnessing the golden age of NBA guard play.  Now of course that’s just a function of the evolution of ‘skill’, but interesting just how extreme it is for guard play while post play has reverted to the stone age.

A reader, Alituro, writes:

I think Luis can be healthy for 5 years. His feet to the floor style of play is more condusive to a long career versus someone who jumps out of the building.

This has been mentioned a lot and brings to mind another childhood anecdote.  It was around 5th grade or possibly middle school, during the absolute peak of Shawn Kemp’s prime, that my best friend at that time recounted to me at the bus stop a “report” he had heard on Sportscenter that Kemp’s career would be over at age 30 due to his high-flying style of play.  I refused to believe it; like I’ve said many times in this space, falls from invincibility are imperceivable.

Well Kemp was pretty much out of the league by around 30.  Now of course, as we know now, this early retirement was due to his habit of inhaling donuts like they were cocaine, but that’s besides the point.  It’s interesting that at that time, guys didn’t really flame out early due to loss of athleticism.  Now, it’s a reality, starting with the wave of high-schoolers who came into the league in the mid 90’s.

Update at 10:02AM: TrueHoop’s Sebastian Pruiti discusses Jordan Hill’s struggles in the post with video evidence.  Take a look.

A reader, Mike B, writes:

Not a Texans/NFL fan, eh Rahat? David Anderson (same name, different spelling as our Aussie center) is a wide receiver for the Texans. He’s about 5’8″, great route runner with great hands but obviously no length and not great athleticism. Jacoby Jones is the opposite- great athleticism, speed and length, but questionable hands.

Guilty.  I should just turn in my ‘man card’ now because there’s probably no greater faux pas in American society than apathy towards/ignorance of football.

Another reader, George, writes, with regard to the true identity of Scola’s doppleganger:

Sebastian Abreu, who is nicknamed “El Loco”, or “The Madman” for those of you who don’t speak Spanish.
http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/players/player=158…

There absolutely must be a movement to anoint “El Loco” as Scola’s new nickname, especially given the fact that Scola kinda has to know the guy’s his twin.  Call Friedman, call the media outlets, this must be done!






About the author: Rahat Huq is a lawyer in real life and the founder and editor-in-chief of Red94.net.

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  • Sir_Thursday

    So this means we don't have to worry about any of this restricted free agent business anymore, right?

  • This gets a big “meh” from me. On one hand, given the amount of teams with cap left, it's very possible he'd get this money from someone else. I like Scola, but this will pay him until he's 35. The contract will be fine for this season and next, but if Hill and/or Patterson emerge, what do they do with Scola? A contract of that size could be hard to move.

  • Were Walter from The Big Lebowski to encounter Daryl Morey right now he'd say, “Dude, you're being very un-Dude.”

  • Stephen

    Wow! Seems a little steep.
    Prob last yr non-guaranteed.
    While I would assume it's astandard contract w/annual raises starting around $7.5-8mil I wouldn't be shocked if front-loaded,esp w/a large signing bonus.

  • ohdubbz

    man I know we all love Daryl Morey, but whats going on? Also Rahat, any ideas of possible moves we could make before the trade deadline to move into contention?

  • Chris White

    Rahat, word is the 5th year is only partially guaranteed. (ala what the Mavs do).

  • fyrebear

    Here is the link confirmation from my above post

    twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo Luis Scola will re-sign with Rockets to a five-year, $47 million contract with a partial guarantee the last season, his agent told Y! Sports

    -deuce

  • bob schmidt

    Would anyone prefer Brendon Haywood at a six-years for $55 million? He's also 30 and the Mavs look nuts for making this deal. Career averages not much more than 1/2 Scolas.

    He has been underpaid for a couple of years, so I don't mind this deal for Scola. Anyone want to bet that we're about to trade a veteran to get under luxury tax numbers? Might not happen but it wouldn't surprise me at all.

  • Carl Herrera

    Rahat,

    Scola is reported to have an offer from Tau Vitoria, his old team in Spain. My guess is that the Rockets “matched” that offer.

  • Stephen

    An obvious salary dump is Jeffries,cash,lower of 2012 First to Minn for TPE.
    More likely Andersen is Novak'd.

    As the roster stands,the Rocket gds are oddly paired. Brooks and Martin are shooters who work the perimeter and are defensively challenged. Lowry and Taylor relentlessly attack the rim,are mediocre at best perimeter shooters,play physical D,are better passers and less careful w/the ball.

  • Rahul

    A few thoughts:

    – At 10% raises, this would make Scola's salary for the 2010-11 season about $7.75 million. It was amazing that we had him for the last three years at only about $3-3.5 million per year (isn't that amazing?), but I think this is definitely on par with his true worth.

    – Scola is not an above the rim player. Does this make the fact that the contract runs until age 35 more or less palatable? I think more.

    – Morey is not one to let investments go for nothing. Even if Scola did leave, I don't think it would be because someone gave him a contract and we didn't match. I think he would negotiate a sign and trade to get something, anything, in return.

    – If there were metric for Contract Laziness Quotient (CLQ) that predicted the risk and degree of dropoff after a player got a big contract, I think Scola would have to rank in the lowest 99th percentile.

    – At the same time, I get this feeling deep down that Scola will not be a Rocket for all five years. I love him, but if I had to predict a most likely scenario, it is that he gets traded after year 3 (when his salary breaks $10 million) to a team that likes the combination of his continuing solid production and the fact that they can take advantage of the partial fifth year guarantee after one season. Then again, a lot changes in a few years' time, so there's no point for further pontificating on the latter years of his contract with so many unknown variables at play.

    – Scola and Manu seem like a couple of cool guys: http://twitter.com/manuginobili/status/18087031609

    – As long as I'm on Twitter, does anyone think that Scola's favorite team in the World Cup being Uruguay has anything to do with the fact that his doppleganger made the winning penalty kick vs Ghana? http://twitter.com/LScola4/status/17953144554

    – It feels like Morey has a long term strategy for the team, and that its not what we think it is. After matching Lowry, he tweeted about crediting Les for signing off on the plan Morey laid out for him in February. Considering he has been on the job a few years now, I feel like Morey has entered phase 2 of his strategy. After a couple years of stockpiling assets (buying second rounders, signing Hayes and Scola, trading for undervalued players like Lowry), shedding the team of bad contracts, limiting exposure to long term albatrosses, and infusing the team with young and cheap talent, he has reached the turning point. People always talk about what athletes are lacking (“Imagine how good Hunter Pence would be if he could lay off that damn slider low and away!” “If Chuck Hayes was 6 inches taller, would he be the most dominant defensive player in the league?” “Too bad Kyle Lowry isn't a great three point shooter.” “Is there any way to transplant David Anderson's hands on Jacoby Jones' body?”). Well, similarly, you could have dreamed, “What if Daryl Morey one day had an abundance of assets and cart blanche to go over the luxury tax and pursue any deals he wants?” I think we're about to find out. This summer, Morey did not buy and second rounders. In fact, he tried to move UP. A few months ago, he traded for Kevin Martin, who has a few years left on his contract. He re-signed Luis for five years. He signed Ariza for five years last summer. This was all in contrast to the short, small contracts we were seeing from him before. The man is Keyser Soze. While we try to identify his strategy, we're actually left analyzing a plan he exercised months before and has since moved on from. Maybe signing Ariza and trading Landry was the harbinger that preparation was complete, that phase 2 is on, and that Morey is about to show us what he really wants to do.

    – An extraneous thought about Morey's use of statistics that doesn't really fit here, but oh well. I was reminded by the discussion of WP48 and how Aaron Brooks scores low on that scale. It made me wonder how Morey's evaluations differ from Berri's (and other numbers guys'). We don't know what he looks at. We can guess to some extent. I think we can safely believe that he believes in rebounding, drawing fouls, and high free throw percentage. There are probably adjusted +/- numbers for different units involved too. But what I am most interested in are the things he sees that even others do not. Specifically, I think this is most evident in the draft, particularly with Patrick Patterson and Aaron Brooks. People speak a lot of John Hollinger's draft predictor, but if I recall correctly, both Patterson and Brooks scored very low on Hollinger's scale. Yet, by all accounts, both were players that Morey absolutely loved. Somewhere, I picture Morey hacking into ESPN Insider (no way he pays for it) and reading Hollinger's numbers-based draft predictions for Patterson and Brooks and laughing and laughing, then taking a sip of cognac, leaning back, and laughing some more. No, Patterson hasn't proven anything yet, but it's interesting to think about nerd fights about who can out-evaluate everyone else.

  • Keith

    Rahat,
    According to Feigen “In the 29 games after his backup Carl Landry was traded to the Sacramento Kings, Scola averaged 22.2 points and nine rebounds” thought i would help.

  • SeattleBallers

    This is a good piece for Aaron Brooks although he might get in the way of Jordan Hill’s development. Check out this sweet article on Aaron. Arguably the best point guard ever from Seattle. http://seattleballers.com/aaronbrooks/

  • Steve Rayph Fiennes

    Correction: Ginobili is actually (italics, if I could) the coolest guy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCqefcY7lpI

  • luislandry

    This hasn't really been raised and is a key point. I'm okay w/Scola for the price, but these young guys also need to develop. Then again, Landry was able to develop just fine as Scola's backup, and was then used to upgrade the team. Could very easily happen again…the Rockets could be a little nation that produces something valuable (power forwards) and trades for all the other resources it lacks.

  • Robert

    Just want to also point out Scola's comments about the deal:
    “I feel great. I feel great. I’m going to be in the place I wanted to be. I’m so happy.”
    Just refreshing to hear.

  • Thomas

    I agree with many of the thoughts in this post. It does seem like Morey has progressed to a new stage of his plan, though we don't know how he is preparing the team for contention.

    One thing I would like to point out, though, is that he didn't just want to move up in the draft, but there was also a 2nd-round player he was targeting, but could not buy a pick to land him. (I don't think the player was ever identified.) Teams were either unwilling to part with their second-rounders, or were asking for too much in return. Morey wanted to deal.

    Scola was considering returning to the Spanish league, but I don't know if there was an actual offer on the table. I am surprised at the length of the contract, though not his annual salary.

    Here's the Really Big Question: With the Lowry and Scola signings, have we actually lost any significant flexibility going into the trade deadline, or the next off-season? Lowry remains trade-able, at a reasonable enough price where other teams would be willing to take him on. Is Scola Morey's albatross? Would any team want Scola in a trade with that contract? It would still be a pretty good albatross, comparatively speaking, if true.

  • Alituro

    While I'm fine with the move as it is, I think this definitely precludes another move, one that is either a salary-dump, or roster improvement or both. My guess is that any 2 or 3 or all of Battier, Jeffries, Andersen, and Hayes are on the table, in pursuit of a single player who can impact* the team, or some combo of future considerations, my hope is for the former. When our team debuts* this season, I only hope we have all of these maneuvers finalized*.

    I think Luis can be healthy for 5 years. His feet to the floor style of play is more condusive to a long career versus someone who jumps out of the building. I believe Morey is implenting a 5 year plan, or rather a 3 year success plan with the 4th and 5th being reserved for trading and rebuilding. So, realistically he is probably figuring that Scola can be as productive as he is now, for 3 more years. This has to be the window on the Yao era. I like that he has committed to a core of players while at the same time leaving room for any tweaking he may need. Whatever his plan is, you can bet it's nothing short of sports management genius.

    * I never thought I'd encounter a worse waste of blog bandwith than the grammar and spelling police, but then I encountered the linguistics council. Grammar and spelling have hard, fast rules, linguistics are ever-evolving (thank God, or we'd all be speaking Olde English). The times, they are a changin', just roll with it! You're blog is the bees' knees Rahat, it has impacted* my life as a Rockets' fan like none other. Keep doing what you do and don't sweat the petty stuff. Woot! Woot!

  • DizzyDutch

    I tend to disagree with your point on Luis Scola's durability for the next 5 years. Although he is a 'below the rim player', he has been logging alot of mileage in Europe and International play. His 'playing style' is what I would describe as a Tasmanian devil on speed; non-stop, hustling, constantly moving, drawing contact and sprinting. Granted I doubt he'll suffer from micro-fracture related injuries like some of the above the rim players, I would still doubt his long term durability.

    Also, regarding Rahul's comment on David Andersen's hands, I would argue that his hair is his best trait, since it makes him look like his 7 ft tall when he's actually closer to 6'10. Can we call him the worst signing of the Daryl Morey era already?

  • Jordan

    I love Luis, he is a great player he works hard and NEVER stops. On that we can all agree, but the guy has a very ugly game and that is why I think the league is not to “Hot” on Luis, his game is unorthodox and different. I feel that after a year or two not many teams will be looking for a 32 year old from Argentina that struggles to dunk flat footed. Hopefully I will eat my words but only time will tell.

  • Mike B

    Not a Texans/NFL fan, eh Rahat? David Anderson (same name, different spelling as our Aussie center) is a wide receiver for the Texans. He's about 5'8″, great route runner with great hands but obviously no length and not great athleticism. Jacoby Jones is the opposite- great athleticism, speed and length, but questionable hands.

  • George

    Rahat,

    Sebastian Abreu, who is nicknamed “El Loco”, or “The Madman” for those of you who don't speak Spanish.
    http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/players/player=158

  • luislandry

    Random point, but before Rahul enlightened me to the Scola comparison, I thought this guy's doppelganger (and thus Scola's) was Russell Brand, who played Aldous Snow, fictional rock star from Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

    http://www.uncoached.com/2009/04/27/look-alikes

    Scola is a ROCK STAR! This makes the contract even more reasonable.

  • RL

    I think very highly of Morey. Love most of his moves. But to say he is like Keyser Soze, execute all his moves in a carefully calculated master plan, seems a stretch 🙂 Like any business, I think they set high-level goals & directions, but still is subject to the economic forces and unforeseen circumstances in the market. In a nutshell, Morey is just a smart business man; meaning, he always try to get as good of a deal as possible based on what market demands, has open mind and keeps assets ready in case an opportunity comes along, research/analyze the hell out of each scenario so he makes informed decisions, and set a few limits on what he will and won't do and stick to the plan.

    Of course, how well he executes to these goals sets him apart. But I don't really think there is more to it than that on the high level.

  • Stefan

    Check out my thoughts on the sale of the Warriors and an offseason version of Charles Oakley Rankings

    sportsaccordingtome.com

  • Daniel

    Can we ban this guy? All he does is post one sentence and a link to his own blog. He doesn't contribute anything and his posts aren't even relevant.

    Thanks.

  • rahat_huq

    Done.

  • LA Rockets Fan

    In the article you mentioned that we're now in the golden age of the guard and, on the other end of the spectrum, the stone age of post play. I couldn't agree with you more.

    In the 90's we saw the likes of Olajuwon, O'neal, Ewing, Robinson, Mutombo… the PFs of Malone, Kemp, Oakley, Grant, Garnett, Duncan. Would you say that the early to mid 90's was the golden era of the big man?

    Sure, we still have a lot of the names lingering at the tail end of their careers, but have we ever seen a decade (let alone the 94 & 95 seasons) with as many talented 4s and 5s? I know.. shameless plug to our championship years, but really it was quite an amazing two years of veteraned big men and young superstars who would one day supplant them.

    Also, random trivial knowledge from his Wiki… Shawn Bradley had six kids, all of their names start with 'C' and apparently was nicknamed “The Deathstick” at some point in his career?

  • LA Rockets Fan

    Unfortunately, watching the summer league games, Hill hasn't shown much improvement. He's been a bit more aggressive, but it's erratic. During the Nuggets game, he took a no look, off balanced, hook that looks like he was throwing the ball behind his back. I know we need to give him time to make a final decision, but it's not looking very promising. On the flip side, Patterson has done quite well so far. It's far too early to tell, but I hope he gets utilized as the backup more often than not.

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