From Yao to Pau and back to now: the 2011-2012 Houston Rockets season preview

I’m not completely sure where to start.  Whereas the front page should be littered with discussions ranging from “how many good years does Pau have left?” to “is our big man duo better than Randolph and Gasol?”, instead, cold silence.  I still don’t think we’ve completely overcome the collective shock that was last week.

Yes, this essay should have entailed a sincere look into the Rockets’ odds at winning the West in the next three years, during the duration of Pau Gasol’s contract.  Instead, we scramble to assess what we have and what our objectives should be during this challenging season.

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Rockets 5-on-5

Rahat and I help break down the Rockets upcoming season on ESPN.com

Rockets 5-on-5

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Chuck Hayes fails physical in Sacramento

ESPN reported this afternoon that former Rockets forward Chuck Hayes failed the team physical in Sacramento and has been released.

Hayes was signed by the Kings to a four year $21 million dollar contract on December 9th.

The complete details of the physical have yet to be released, but the preliminary reports suggest that the Kings’ team doctors found a heart abnormality.

The implications of Hayes’ release for the Rockets are potentially auspicious. Should he pass a Houston physical, the team remains $9 million dollars under the NBA salary cap and could possibly resign its former player.

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A tribute to Yao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Analyzing Trade Bait’s Psyche

“y do some players take it so personal when they get traded. SMDH.” 

This critical judgment originated in a mind, traveled through a pair of typing fingertips, and was released into the not-especially-exclusive world of Reggie Evans’ Twitter page roughly six hours after the offseason’s second Chris Paul to Los Angeles deal was shot dead by David Stern.

The rumors involving Paul’s possible movement began as positive rejuvenation for the league. For what felt like a quarter of all fanbases (sorry New Orleans) it was a fantastic distraction from the BRI/system issues nightmare. People began to focus on the game’s top point guard, where he’d be traded; which franchise would alter the fortune of its immediate future? It was the best of times…kinda. Read More »

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