So we waited for about an hour and a half today before we were let in to the court. Arriving at 11:30, I put in enough on the parking meter to last me till 2. Lucky for me because I was expecting to get out of there by 1.
When we got in, they were doing what you see in the video above. Exciting, I know. (No danger of exceeding the two minute limit.) Patrick Patterson, like yesterday, sat against the basket support and watched. He pointed out instructions to Greg Smith from time to time when the latter would mess up. At just like 24 or 25, Pat is now the elder statesman on this team.
There weren’t many of us there today which came as a bit of a surprise. I shot a little bit of practice footage and got a few interviews. I’ll do more tomorrow for sure.
We’re only allowed to upload two minutes of practice footage online due to new league regulations. What you see is the first two minutes I shot. Not to be a tease but what happened afterwards was pretty good too. Now that I think about it, I would honestly say that other than Game 7’s of playoff series’, summer league and the associated sessions is easily the most intense NBA-level or psuedo-NBA-level basketball in the entire world. You hadguys with near NBA talent squaring off with NBA contracts on the line with Daryl Morey and Sam Hinkie in the house watching from the sidelines. One head-turning possession could very well be the difference between just getting by financially and a six-figure salary.
Notice Jeremy Lamb break some ankles in the above clip. Also notice Chandler Parsons take a charge, much to everyone’s mocking delight.
First, here’s a link my interview from yesterday on WGSO 990AM. We talked Hornets and Rockets and Eric Gordon. It was a fun time so give it a listen.
I’m about to head to Toyota Center for the summer league presser. Hoping to see Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Morris. I was about to write that I am going to take the flipcam today but I don’t even see it on my desk in its normal spot. I need to figure out how to get the framing proper on my Iphone – embarrassing because I typically had prided myself as at least reasonably tech savvy.
As a follow-up to my last two posts, it’s come to light in the past few days from some national sources what the Rockets are doing and that is pursuing Dwight Howard, still. This has been met sarcastically by some observers but I still applaud the efforts. I don’t ascribe to the rationale that “if she doesn’t want you, give up” because, when you’re the ugliest guy in the room, well, she ain’t coming on her own…
Money talks and Chris Webber didn’t want to be in Sacramento either. I think the human mind has a way of rationalizing situations and making the most of that which had been originally undesired. I can think of a lot of situations in my life personally where I entered something that I didn’t want, but after some time, came to be ok with it and accept it. And none of those situations involved an extra $30million payday. So I do think this is worth it. I’m not saying Howard would stay. But the odds are high enough to risk doing this.
To follow up on that point, and to reiterate, even if they don’t get Howard, I’m fine with a youth movement. The only fear really is the team trading everything for someone like Josh Smith or Pau Gasol.
Finally a shout-out to a tormented Mavs fan whom I met yesterday at a close friend’s wedding reception. The Mavs offseason is not so unlike that of the Rockets’ in terms of disappointment to this point, except that the tragedy of circumstances is exponentially worse. Recall that they opted to let Tyson Chandler walk the previous summer–essentially disassembling (and emasculating) a defending champion–to plan for a greener future in the hopes of wooing Dallas native Deron Williams. As you know, Williams reupped with the Nets and that was all she wrote for Dallas. This coupled with other examples of misfortune (read: so many teams tanking for Anthony Davis and not getting the #1 pick), begs a question only important on the internet: perhaps the bird in hand is always the better course?
Videos from today’s presser will be up later today or maybe tomorrow.
Since I last wrote, Goran Dragic has bolted to Phoenix, it’s come to light that he left over a 4th year player option, Kyle Lowry has been dealt to Toronto for a future draft pick, Jeremy Lin has signed the Rockets’ offer sheet, and the team is reportedly also interested in Aaron Brooks. I hear Matt Maloney is available these days as well.
We have absolutely no idea what’s going on and to make matters worse, I just got out of a 3 hour professional responsibility exam and think I’m coming down with the flu. Seriously, I have no idea what’s going on so I’m not going to be of any help with this. When I think I have somewhat of an understanding, something else pops up that paves way to new questions.
When I made the Lowry vs. Dragic series, I didn’t consider the possibility of losing both, so I’m dumbfounded…but to lose Dragic over a player option? I really hope this is the right call because part of me is saying, “don’t you have to give in a little bit sometimes to keep guys you like?”
I want to think that the Lowry trade signals a full-on rebuilding effort–the likes of which I’ve been begging for for the past two years–but the cynic in me must preach patience. Why would they target veteran Aaron Brooks if they’re looking to completely blow it up?
Once the 2011-12 season fell off a cliff, we knew Daryl Morey would do something to solve the Goran Dragic/Kyle Lowry point guard dilemma this offseason. Whether it be trading Lowry and re-signing Dragic, keeping Lowry and letting Dragic walk in free agency, or re-signing Dragic, retaining Lowry, then thriving off a small ball fueled attack, a fluctuating plan had to of been in place since April—one that would solidify Houston’s backcourt and answer the ever-important question that’s been lingering in the air since Lowry went down with a strange bacterial infection shortly after the All-Star break.
Getting rid of them both certainly didn’t rank high on the list of probable scenarios, but in the past 48 hours, that’s exactly what we saw happen. [read more…]