On good management

To start, I apologize to those of you who only follow me for Rockets commentary. I can ensure you that once the preseason gets underway in the next few weeks, the onslaught of insults aimed at the local football team which has been greeting you on your timeline will dissipate. I take to Twitter when I’m angry and there hasn’t been much to be angry about recently on the basketball front.

My purpose today, here, is to expound more on something I’ve found absolutely eye-opening which is the contrast in managerial competency between the Rockets [and Astros] and the Texans. This distinction was most recently underscored by the most recent transaction made by each team. As you know, the Texans agreed to a three-year extension with center Nick Martin which will pay him $11 million a year. The Rockets, meanwhile, came to terms on a two-year deal with backup big man Nene, the creativity of which Jeff Siegel highlights in a fantastic breakdown. The two moves are classic Texans and Rockets.

On the one hand, you have Daryl Morey leaving no stone uncovered in his construction of Nene’s contract, utilizing loopholes and nuances in the league’s collective bargaining agreement with respect to timing and bonuses, and in the process creating a human trade exception that can give his team a chance to bring back a major contributor via trade midseason while mitigating the risk of getting stuck with a tax bill if an opportunity for a trade never arises. On the other hand, there’s Bill O’Brien of ‘The GM Committee’, tripping over himself to resign a kid far above market value when there were likely no other bidders on the horizon. Classic Texans and Rockets. One management group operates with patience, prying into details which may never ripen, simply in the name of due diligence. O’Brien and company operate with the reckless abandon of a dog chasing a car.

To be sure, most in the know have good things to say about Martin. He could develop into a nice player and the Texans are hoping to generate some continuity on their offensive line to protect their quarterback, having mortgaged their future for left tackle Laremy Tunsil and after using their first round pick on left guard Tytus Howard. But was there really any need to rush to make Nick Martin the second highest paid center in the game? The incident just epitomizes financial irresponsibility and apathy. This of course comes on the heels of jettisoning a Pro-Bowler for pennies on the dollar simply in the name of avoiding a distraction.

Its amazing to me that Cal McNair and his advisors allow this multi-million dollar venture to be managed in this manner.

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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