Game chat – 6:30PM CST

Join us in the chatroom tonight at 6:30PM CST for the start of the James Harden era.  Just because most of us won’t be able to watch the game doesn’t mean we can’t join in the fun.

We’ll be using the new forum software this year to power the chats so that should sidestep many of the limitations from years past.

To participate, go to the forums and click on the chat tab below the banner.  To enter, you’ll need a forum account.  If you haven’t yet created a forum account, you can do that here.  (You can also register via Twitter.)

Thanks.  I’m looking forward to a fun year.  Hopefully this Comcast issue will be resolved soon.






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Game Preview: Rockets @ Pistons

All it took was a trade four days ago for James Harden to change the Rockets’ trajectory. After several years of mediocrity the Rockets were finally in the midst of rebuilding by having a young inexperienced team possessing future potential and a slew of draft picks including more than likely two lottery picks in the 2013 draft, but with the addition of Harden, most of those draft picks are gone and in return the Rockets received something they have been coveting since the T-Mac/Yao era: a young star to build around.

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We plan and carefully prepare, but often our lives are shaped by the unexpected.  The surprise job offer, the college admission to the better school, the sudden death of a loved one.  Good or bad, we cope when fate appears and make the most of the hand dealt, even if needing a completely different route.

Saturday’s acquisition of Thunder guard James Harden was an unexpected boon for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.  Only time will tell how good they’ll be, but with the trade, Morey’s team now has a distinct shape.  Harden, guard Jeremy Lin, center Omer Asik, and forward Chandler Parsons are all—or in Harden’s case expected to be soon—locked in long term.  To fill the hole at power forward, many expect Morey to make use of the money his team has available below the cap.

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Late Saturday night, when news broke of the Houston Rockets’ stunning acquisition of James Harden, there was only one person whose coverage I followed for reaction from the Thunder side – Royce Young of DailyThunder.com (and also CBSsports.com), a sister affiliate at ESPN.com.  Below is the transcript of our discussion about this trade.

Huq: I’ve been following your coverage all day on the Thunder side of things.  It seems this was about more than just money for Presti; it was about culture and sacrifice.  On the basketball end, how big a drop-off do you feel this will be for Oklahoma City this season?  While Lamb may not yet be ready, I feel many are vastly underrating what Kevin Martin can bring to the table.  The NBA forgot, because no one was watching, but this is still a player who can put up 30 points in the blink of an eye, and take very few shots to do it.

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I sit down with Michael Pina once again to discuss the Houston Rockets’ acquisition of guard James Harden.

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