Huq’s Pen: On Motiejunas

The report came out just earlier this week that the Rockets would be honoring Donatas Motiejunas’ request for a trade by attempting to explore options.  My hunch is that this was simply a leak to appease the 7-footer and his agent in sort of a “I swear, we’re trying to move you, but we just can’t find any takers!” kind of way.  With teams clutching to first round picks these days like rare antiques, the best the Rockets could possibly hope to get for Motiejunas would be a second round pick…and for a player of his abilities, age, and size, that’s just not even close to being worth it; while Motiejunas has struggled to get things together, you couldn’t hope to find a prospect anywhere near as intriguing in the second round.

This will no doubt come as an unpopular, minority opinion, and will certainly evoke a “do you bloggers just complain about everything?” response from some, but I’m not particularly pleased with how Kevin McHale has handled the Motiejunas situation.  I understand completely why things have been handled as they have, but I’m not happy.  Michael Pina wrote recently of the eye-opening effect Omri Casspi has had on the team’s offense/defense when on the floor and to wit, that impact cannot be understated.  Casspi has been a revelation.

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Player Power Rankings: Week 11

Every Friday, I rank every active Rocket (who sees the floor) based on his performance from the previous week. If you missed the most recent installment, here you go.

12) Isaiah Canaan (Last week: 10)

The rookie logged a little over 90 seconds of action this week. Aaaaand just about nothing transpired.

11) Donatas Motiejunas (Last week: 9)

That D-Mo D-League stint I pined for in this space finally happened. Now there’s a very legitimate chance he’s traded sooner than later. What value does Motiejunas have on the market? He’s young, cheap, and offensively skilled. This deserves a deeper look. [read more…]

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The Rockets Daily – January 10, 2013

This is why we watch – After last night’s action on TNT, Chandler Parsons made a guest appearance on Inside the NBA and we were rewarded with six minutes of what makes that show the Emmy-winning, must-see television that it is.  I was unable to embed the actual video into the Daily, but the link is definitely worth sitting through yet another Blake Griffin commercial.

No studio show in my lifetime has the balance, camaraderie and back-and-forth of Kenny, Chuck and EJ (and yes, even Shaq sometimes).  Taking that format and dropping one of the league’s most unique and charming personalities into that setting is a recipe for success.  Some of the highlights: [read more…]

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