Houston Rockets, Twitter threaten to destroy holiday weekend

I had planned to relax and enjoy today, spending time with family.  If yesterday was any indication, that likely will not happen.

I was out of commission yesterday for three hours during a commute that kept me out of reach from Twitter.  (Why does radio not report on breaking news from the Twitterverse?  It’s not even an old-school/new-school issue like the one where the mainstream pretends that blogs and other alternative media sources don’t exist.  If guys like Marc Stein, Adrian Wojnarowski, and Sam Amick–the three most respected newsbreakers in the industry–are recognized as mainstream, which they are, does it not make sense to make mention of breaking reports on air rather than blindly speculating for hours on stuff that was reported a day ago?  I will never, ever, ever understand this industry known as journalism, thus thankfully, I’m a lawyer in real life.)

When I reached home, I was greeted by the remains of what appeared to be a fake Woj bomb which had done great destruction while I was out.  Apparently a fake Wojnarowski account reported that Lebron James’ preferred destination was the Houston Rockets, the tweet was retweeted by several reputable accounts, and hell broke loose for what appears to have been a few minutes.  Surveying the debris, I thanked the Gods I was not around at the time.  I was lucky this time and may not have made it.

A lot of other stuff happened as well.  Reports had surfaced earlier in the morning that Carmelo Anthony would be on hand during Pau Gasol’s meeting with the Knicks to pitch the Spanish star on a union.  One wonders how Anthony could truly believe that an aging Gasol could lift the Knicks into contention, but I’m out of answers.

The real fun was just beginning.  News broke later that Houston was one of a select group of teams that had already met with Rich Paul, the agent for Lebron James, earlier in the week.  Later reports indicated that the Rockets had merely been given a phone call and were lasered in at the time on Anthony.  It then later broke that if Houston were to strike out on Anthony, they would turn their attention towards Heat forward Chris Bosh.  In the meanwhile, the Jeremy Lin crazies continued their onslaught upon my timeline.  It was quite a day.

What to make of all of this?  Initially, it was fairly odd to grant Houston a phone call and not a full-fledged meeting.  The thinking would be, if you’re going to allow communication, why be restrictive?  I assumed that news lent weight towards the aforementioned rumor circulated that Lebron James and Dwight Howard held a mutual dislike for one another.  Cleveland made sense, Phoenix too with its ability to pair James with Anthony and hell, even L.A. would have as well due to their “storied franchise” status.  But why Dallas and not Houston?  What did Dallas have to offer that the Rockets didn’t?

Several readers surmised the theory that perhaps the contact restraint was from Houston and not James.  It would seem to make sense.  If you’re James, even if not interested in the Rockets, you at least take the meeting for no other reason than that they are a viable suitor – on the open market, you can’t have enough of those to make Pat Riley sweat into decisive action.  But more importantly, if you’re Morey, and you feel you are closing in on Anthony, you might not want to jeopardize that progress.

Let’s step back and consider what I just said.  What may be unfolding is the exact scenario I’ve tossed around numerous times on Red94 since the end of The Finals.  James is the greatest player in the world, and might go down as the greatest ever.  This is rare.  An event such as the free agency of a player of this status, right in the prime of his career, just does not happen.  Jordan was not unrestricted until his 30′s.  Kobe was unrestricted once and, sorry Laker fans, Kobe Bryant is no Lebron James.  We throw around the phrase “shift the balance of power in the NBA” around rather lightly – we did it last year upon Dwight’s signing, but in reality, it didn’t really shift anything.  Houston got better, but there wasn’t exactly a power surge.  James’ departure from Miami to any destination would legitimately destroy the league’s current competitive structure.  How huge this is cannot be underscored enough.

And James is undoubtedly preferable to Anthony.  That point is not in dispute.  But if you feel you’ve legitimately closed in on Anthony, I don’t think you can abandon that effort and turn your attention to James, especially when James might still be a longshot.  Anthony is not Kyle Lowry or Luol Deng.  He’s a big enough fish in his own right that I think you take that bird in the hand.  If they never win the title, with Anthony, Morey might have sleepless nights, wondering what might have happened had he held out for James.  But I think he plays the odds here.  It’s the ultimate game theory determination.

Think of it this way.  Is Lebron really interested?  (Note that this is all assumptive of Anthony’s sincere interest.  If he’s just using us too, this is a moot point).  James is like the ’10′ who has no real interest in you but keeps teasing you with flirtatious glances every few weeks. Hell, we’ll go further: she might let you take her out to a fancy dinner here and there.  But if Anthony’s interest is sincere, that’s wife material.  You go with the woman that actually likes you back and you don’t risk losing her on a pipedream.  That’s how I feel on this anyway.

To Bosh: had you asked me, anyone, ten months ago, Chris Bosh would have stood at the top of the list as ideal Rocket power forward target.  For some reason, the perception of him has altered.  He’s considered washed up.  Is he really?  If he isn’t, why was he so underwhelming in the Finals?  I’m really torn.  I know what Bosh brings.  He’d be transformative on this team defensively, and has the range to fit perfectly on offense.  But for some reason, I’d still much rather have Anthony.  Maybe I’ve just convinced myself of what the latter’s offense would bring.

Love is another issue as well.  I think Love is superior to Bosh, but getting Love would mean sacrificing Chandler Parsons and the Pelicans’ lottery pick.  Getting Bosh would let you plug Parsons back in at small forward and add more fresh blood later.

As I said last night, when you’re fighting over who to pursue between Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, and Chris Bosh to be your third best player, times are good, man.  Times are real good.

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Total comments: 21
  • YaoMan says 2 months ago

    @Steven

    McHale isn't better than Spo.............C'mon that's got to be a joke right :unsure:if nothing else Spo has proved he knows how to get the hell out of the way. McHale can't even do that :lol:

    I'm going to have to agree with you exponentially here RBF. I have questioned McHale from the beginning and agree at least Spo knew to let the big dogs operate when needed. As I posted in the other thread, Bill Simmons felt like there was absolutely no coaching done by the Rockets in the 4th quarter of the playoff round against the Blazers. To me a first round exit to the Blazers would be the axe on McHale. This was a better team than those Blazers that got out-coached (and a little luck from a 30 foot heave from Lillard). But a better coached team wouldn't have even been in that position. Just my opinion of the matter...

  • Steven says 2 months ago

    three words............first round exits

    Seen Spolestra's record without LeBron? First round exit, First round exit.
  • rockets best fan says 2 months ago

    three words............first round exits

  • Steven says 2 months ago Two Words. JJ Barea.
  • rockets best fan says 2 months ago

    @Steven

    McHale isn't better than Spo.............C'mon that's got to be a joke right :unsure:if nothing else Spo has proved he knows how to get the hell out of the way. McHale can't even do that :lol:

  • feelingsupersonic says 2 months ago The Spurs probably wouldn't have steamrolled the Rockets, just my opinion.
  • datruth says 2 months ago

    I guess there is no need to argue with you Mr. Steven

    Mchale has won nothing as a head coach.

    Rockets play in the west and not in the east

    and they lost to Portland who lost their 4 games by average of about 20 points to Spurs.

    So i guess what you are saying good coaches lose in the first round year after year.

  • timetodienow1234567 says 2 months ago Lol at mchale being better than Spo.
  • Steven says 2 months ago

    Mr. Steven
    are you comparing Spok to mchale
    Spok been to the finals four years in a roll and you comparing that to an coach that has never won one playoff series.

    No. I am saying McHale is better then Spolestra.

    Some Context. The guy game out of the East 4 times. The Rockets easily would have made it to the ECF if they were in the East, and they had a chance of defeating the Heat. He lost a series to JJ Barea in which he had the greatest player in the world, plus 2 other top 10 players. He could easily only have one ring, if SA gets a rebound, or Duncan makes a layup. If not for being Riley's mistress' son, he wouldn't be a head Coach (ok that's hyperbole). Sorry Spolestra could be replaced with a stick figure, and the Heat still make it out of the East.
  • datruth says 2 months ago

    Mr. Steven
    are you comparing Spok to mchale
    Spok been to the finals four years in a roll and you comparing that to an coach that has never won one playoff series.

  • Steven says 2 months ago

    Wow, you just really wanted to end that on a bad note, eh Herb?

    "Houston is the best team to go to in terms of Talent, money , and coaching..."

    Coaching? Really? Holy crap. In fact, I'd argue Houston has the worst head coach in the league ... hands down. Seems like a great guy ... but about as clueless as GWB was as President.

    Miami has the worst Head Coach in the league, and it isn't even close. They lost a series because of JJ Barea. Not Dirk or Tyson or even Jet Terry, JJ Barea whipped the heat because Spolestra wouldn't change.
  • rockets best fan says 2 months ago

    @QNoir

    had to laugh on that GWB comment :lol:it's sad but true. I agree with you on coaching, but I've already broke 2 Louisville Slugger's beating McHale and the metal bat I ordered hasn't come in yet :lol:so I'll let him slide this time

  • QNoir says 2 months ago

    Wow, you just really wanted to end that on a bad note, eh Herb?

    "Houston is the best team to go to in terms of Talent, money , and coaching..."

    Coaching? Really? Holy crap. In fact, I'd argue Houston has the worst head coach in the league ... hands down. Seems like a great guy ... but about as clueless as GWB was as President.

  • Herb_Gotti says 2 months ago

    LOL, this offseason is all hype and nothing else. There were suppose to be mega deals during the draft, too. Looks like Miami 3 will be back to Miami, Melo will go back to NY and all the restricted FA will have their offers matched by their current teams. Houston isn't really looking like it can attract anyone except through the trade route. In case of Love, Houston would have to trump GS's Klay offer, no, Minnisota is not taking Parsons/late 1st picks for Love. So the question is, would Houston have a better team trading Harden for Love for a team of D-Ho/Love/Parsons/Lin/Bev? I actually think that's a better team than D-Ho/Jones/Parsons/Harden/Bev. As for Rondo, who knows what Ainge is thinking, but Parsons with his soon to be expensive contract sure doesn't seem a very attractive "asset" to acquire.

    All hype?? The party has just begun!!! Did you really say a team of D-ho (d-ho???? you don't like Howard??? lol)/love/Parsons/lin.Bev? It's DUCK season bro! That means a lot of smoke and a few birds will fall our way. Do i think Melo is going to come to Houston? Well, in an interview he said something to likes of "family and the city mean a lot to me, i want to raise my kids in a good city" As a father myself, I have come to the assumption that Melo wants to put his Family before a Ring. Which means, Yes, he may just stay in NY and just do what he can there. I also look at all the cities he has lived in through out his life.. All cold weather cities... Plus Lala has/had her career there in NY, i just don't see it happening.

    Kevin Love, ugh... No Love for Rockets.

    Kyle lowry I think he is still pissed about how we shipped him out.

    Lin: He is done. after the "slap in the face" He took by a picture of Melo with the number 7 jersey *yea they both wear number 7, big deal* is on his way to either the 76ers or the Bucks.

    So we are left with the only big dogs out there..... James. after his "it's just basketball speech" he gave in the finals, you have to wonder, is the fire inside him cooling down? is he content with 2 rings? I honestly don't know but after all the media drama and crap that came out after he chose to take his talents to southbeach... YA, i don't see it happening.

    Soooooo, our plan B is to go after Bosh who has "learned spanish" since living in MIA and his wife really loves it down there... Another guy who is maybe just content with 2 rings?

    I'm sorry but I just don't see the same hunger in players as i use to do in the 80s and 90s. If i were Melo, I would take my family to Houston, for 4 years, win at least 1 ring and then come back to NY and live life knowing, hey, i got my ring! Omg, somebody pitch that to Lala please!!!

    Well, now I actually agree... All hype no moves... *sigh*

    CMON free agents, who REALLY wants to win a ring? Houston is the best team to go to in terms of Talent, money , and coaching...

  • Buckko says 2 months ago

    I'm not surprised by melo heavily leaning towards returning to NY now. The Zin master has him under his spell and its too much money to pass up in the Big Apple. However my lebron dream has reignited with a vengeance. If you do the math and logic, Miami simply cannot put up a respectable championship level roster with the way the market is going, and there is no other better, ready made option for lebron than the rockets. However if it is a hometown thing and he's go back to Cleveland, then we get bosh AKA Howard's perfect frontcourt mate as a consolation prize, unless bosh and lebron both decide to troll the league and bolt for phoenix which I give a 5% chance of happening.

  • rockets best fan says 2 months ago

    @Cooper

    agreed. from what I have read that seems to be fact

    @FSS

    Lin is painful to watch no matter who's out there with him :lol:

    many are upset because FA isn't moving at the pace we had hoped. I still got my fingers crossed for Melo, however that's not looking to good. I still believe Lebron is a pipe dream. I'm disappointed about the Lowry situation. the K-Love rumors are starting to get louder. I know bosh is a good player, but at this point he seems like leftovers ( man Morey has spoiled us) I know he would fit great within our team, but now he just seems like regular water when I could have had a V-8 :lol:I still trust Morey to guide us through, but man it's tuff waiting

  • QNoir says 2 months ago

    It ain't happening, but Lebron is about the only player that could make the Rockets a great team. Why? Because the Rockets organizations seems to think James Harden can run the show. Placing Lebron in Houston is about the only thing that will budge the nonsensical idea that the kind of ball the Rockets play is any good. Plus, Lebron knows the game so well, he's basically a coach on the floor. So he can stand in for McHale too.

  • feelingsupersonic says 2 months ago

    LOL, this offseason is all hype and nothing else. There were suppose to be mega deals during the draft, too. Looks like Miami 3 will be back to Miami, Melo will go back to NY and all the restricted FA will have their offers matched by their current teams. Houston isn't really looking like it can attract anyone except through the trade route. In case of Love, Houston would have to trump GS's Klay offer, no, Minnisota is not taking Parsons/late 1st picks for Love. So the question is, would Houston have a better team trading Harden for Love for a team of D-Ho/Love/Parsons/Lin/Bev? I actually think that's a better team than D-Ho/Jones/Parsons/Harden/Bev. As for Rondo, who knows what Ainge is thinking, but Parsons with his soon to be expensive contract sure doesn't seem a very attractive "asset" to acquire.


    Lin and Beverley as the starting guards would be painful to watch.
  • Cooper says 2 months ago

    GS hasn't offered Klay or Love would be in a dubs jersey.

  • qwer says 2 months ago

    LOL, this offseason is all hype and nothing else. There were suppose to be mega deals during the draft, too. Looks like Miami 3 will be back to Miami, Melo will go back to NY and all the restricted FA will have their offers matched by their current teams. Houston isn't really looking like it can attract anyone except through the trade route. In case of Love, Houston would have to trump GS's Klay offer, no, Minnisota is not taking Parsons/late 1st picks for Love. So the question is, would Houston have a better team trading Harden for Love for a team of D-Ho/Love/Parsons/Lin/Bev? I actually think that's a better team than D-Ho/Jones/Parsons/Harden/Bev. As for Rondo, who knows what Ainge is thinking, but Parsons with his soon to be expensive contract sure doesn't seem a very attractive "asset" to acquire.

  • rockets best fan says 2 months ago

    @Rahat

    totallyon base with you in this line of thinking