One cannot even begin to comprehend the excitement in New York right now, basketball’s Mecca, craven for some form of hope for over a decade. The Knicks may not be better today, but they got their man, and around Melo and Stoudemire they can fill their roster over the coming years. After all, the hardest part is landing the stars, and few teams can boast a 1-2 punch as impressive as Stoudemire and Anthony. We scoffed at Walsh’s plan, but he did it: the New York Knicks now have two max-level centerpieces upon whom to build.
Denver learned from the mistakes of its forebears, hoarding young talent where Cleveland and the Raptors returned home with nothing. Gallinari, Chandler, and Felton are legitimate pieces and will help smooth entrance into an inevitable era of depression; we’ve learned too well that it always hurts to lose a star.
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Because I’m in a big cannibalistic promotion mood today, more news courtesy of True Hoop and Marc Stein:
Add Houston’s Shane Battier to the list of perimeter players that possess the ideal combination — veteran know-how with an expiring contract — to interest the Boston Celtics.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has publicly acknowledged the need for backcourt reinforcements thanks to the Marquis Daniels’ bruised spinal cord and Delonte West’s spotty health all season.
After the name of Cleveland’s Anthony Parker surfaced Friday as a player that Boston has joined conference rival Chicago in pursuing, sources said Monday that the Celtics and Rockets have likewise discussed the prospect of Battier moving East.
There’s no talk of what such a deal might bring back to Houston (likely draft picks or some collection of the team’s younger talent like Semih Erden and Avery Bradley), but no one can feel good about Boston as a possible trade partner for the Rockets in this time of need for young talent, that is unless you’re just cheering for Battier to end up in a good spot where he can win a title. In that case, cheers to you, guy.
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I know things have been dour around these parts lately, making another “Do you just how mediocre the Rockets are?” post seem like little more than shoving a giant sea salt crystal in a gaping wound, but sometimes information simply must be discussed, regardless of how said information will make everyone feel. And today, Henry Abbott of our grandfather blog True Hoop quoted some really damning information about the Rockets, emphasized in bold type for your viewing pleasure:
Over the last five years, in the final 24 seconds of games his team trailed by a point or two, or were tied, the Hornets have scored 102 points on 86 possessions (as of a few weeks ago). That’s an offensive rating of more than 118 points per 100 possession.
Remember that number. 118.
Now, consider that most of the NBA is below 85, and 27 teams are below 100. That’s a blowout. Only the Magic and Blazers are even close (at 107 and 104, respectively). The Cavaliers had LeBron James most of that period, and come in ninth, at 96. The Lakers are 14th at 83. The Celtics rank 20th at 78. Steve Nash’s Phoenix Suns are way down at 28th on the list, while the Rockets are dead last, with an offensive rating just about half of the Hornets’.
It seems like the calling card of the mediocre basketball team’s fanbase, the lamentation of a team’s inability to get it done in the clutch. Such arguments can often obscure more glaring issues like abysmal transition defense or weak, ineffectual ball movement, but it seems that for the Houston Rockets of the 2006-11 seasons, absolutely no one can get it done in the clutch. And that fact is losing the Rockets games, over and over again. Over those five seasons, the Rockets have only once posted a negative point differential throughout a season and made the playoffs three times. Still, this team finds itself defined by its inability to score when the simple task is most needed; few things can frustrate fans as much as getting that close and almost knowing a loss is imminent. Read More
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via Ken Berger:
Memphis has been a frequent caller on the trade market, and owner Michael Heisley is said to be adamant that the team make the playoffs, sources say. Some of the Grizzlies’ focus remains on trying to move O.J. Mayo for a more traditional two-guard; some execs believe the Rockets’ Courtney Lee would make sense, with the wild card being how highly Houston GM Daryl Morey regards Mayo. The Grizzlies have indicated that they don’t want to give up Mayo without getting back a player who can help them down the stretch this season and an asset that can help them in the future.
From the above blurb has arisen the “rumor” of a potential Mayo-Lee deal. Berger is one of the most trusted writers in the business, but from my reading of the text, he seems to just be saying that many feel Lee would make sense for Memphis, not that the teams have actually discussed a deal.
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Last week we launched several new designs which in and of themselves received a very positive response. However, we made a few honest errors in regards to product offerings and pricing of the tees. We used to have only the Heavyweight and AA tees, but in response to your feedback, we now have a standard weight at $11.99.
At the same time, we’ve reduced the prices as much as we could across the board and added a few products for the ladies.