I watch a borderline-insane amount on NBA basketball. Come read about what I think I saw…
Boston Celtics 109, Los Angeles Lakers 96
I’ve been trying to storyboard this one in my head. There should likely be more gray as I recall the Boston/LA relationship of the 80′s that I did not live through (but have read many second-hand accounts of/watched quite intensely on ESPN Classic), but Magic seemed to be ever the grinning kid, even if surrounded by the greatest collection of freak talent ever assembled; Magic’s presence seemed to perfectly counterbalance the intense rage that fueled Larry Bird’s game, one that I’ve compared to Kobe Bryant’s on several occasions. But now? With these two bands of jerks? As much as I love watching these two slug it out, there wasn’t much in the way of good guys in Staples center Sunday night. And why would there be? Read More
Posted in columns Tagged On the NBA
Two weeks ago, the Rockets’ received the salary cap exception they had applied for after Yao Ming was lost for the season.
This would have enabled the team to add a player within the $5.875 million exception. It expires today, and, according to chron.com’s Jonathan Feigen, it appears it will go unused.
This is of little impact to the team, as the traded player exception created by the Trevor Ariza trade last summer is larger, $6.33 million, and does not expire until August 11.
Additionaly, Houston has three other exceptions from various trades:
Joey Dorsey – $881,000
Carl Landry -$1,647,360
Jermaine Taylor – $780,871
It is important to note that these exceptions cannot be combined nor used in conjunction with another player from the Rockets to acquire a contract of greater value. They can only be used on a singular basis.
Posted in essays Tagged salary cap
Was watching the Celtics handle the Lakers yesterday afternoon and remembered that Kendrick Perkins is still actually alive. There is probably little chance of the Celtics letting him go, but this is the guy in my opinion that the Rockets absolutely must prioritize on their offseason wish-list. An elite defender, Perk could instantly slide in and give the team the defensive anchor it’s missing; more importantly, he’d bring toughness and a mean streak to what has to be the least confrontational team in the league. Perkins is a local guy so while I don’t like our chances, that would at least give the team a sliver of hope in wooing the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent.
Among other potential targets, if the Clips got cheap with DeAndre (with the thinking they can’t commit more big money to the center spot with Kaman around), would you throw big bucks there based on potential? How about Greg Oden? Huge upside there but equally high risk. (What people tend to forget is that when healthy, Oden has been scary productive per-minute – this is not a bust in the sense of anything other than injuries.)
The one name on the list that really jumps out is Yao Ming. While I’ve never seen him play, I had read about him on the internet in 2007. He can score from either block but allegedly carries injury risks. Might be worth a flier at the right cost.
Posted in musings Tagged questions
Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs
Saturday, 7:30pm CST @ San Antonio
Join us in the chatroom during gametime.
My guest this week was ESPN’s Henry Abbott, author of TrueHoop. We discussed ‘blogging’, the Rockets’ problems, and Henry’s favorite storyline for the year. I hope you’ll enjoy!
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