via Rookie Royce White not with Rockets for opening of training camp – Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston:

“We are trying to figure out a plan for me to be healthy and successful long-term,” White said. “It’s not really anything that’s going on right now. It’s more of trying to take a pro-active approach and trying to put together a solid plan.

“It is definitely linked with my anxiety sure, but it’s not so much as far as my anxiety now. Basically what happened was my doctor, we discussed it, and it was decided the way the plan was now just wasn’t logistically healthy.

“So what can we do strategically to try and improve the chances of everybody being successful in this situation, my success and the Rockets success? If I fail then that’s not good for them either, because it’s an investment.”

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Texans again, All-rookie teams, Chris Paul

So the Texans are likely to remain atop ESPN’s weekly power rankings this week, when they come out, after another dominant performance. I know next to nothing about football. But that one guy threw the ball down the field for plays, those other two guys ran well with the ball, and that one really tall white guy did a lot of stuff on the other end. So…umm…yeah, that’s the depth and extent of my analysis.

But really, all jokes aside, even for a basketball guy like myself, this has been incredible to watch. It’s not often that one of your city’s teams is described as dominant by the national media, with stars sprinkled upon both sides of the ball. The last time I can remember that happening was ’05 when Oswalt, Clemens, and Pettite were, I think, ranked 1, 2, and 3, respectively in national league ERA, or something ridiculous along those lines. With that said, why am I so morbid that I’m always asking myself, “how long can it last?” Schaub’s young in quarterback years, Foster probably has a good three years left, the defense is in its infancy, but you really hold your breath about Andre Johnson.

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Texans, Martin, McHale…

Media day is this Monday. So we’re basically one month away from the official start of things if you don’t count preseason. Though we should count preseason because nothing this season will really even be official – it will be all about watching the new guys play and develop.

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On the NBA: Lakers, Wade, and some other items

  • As you’ve noticed, this page has been dead for close to two weeks now.  When the most significant item of relevance is a Scott Machado signing, can you really blame us?
  • I’m wondering how long until the Hero-ball stuff rears its head again this year because this time, even an idiot will know that the Nash-Howard pick and roll is the far superior percentage option.  But inevitably, it will happen.  At some point, the Lakers will lose a game or a few with Kobe Bryant hogging in the 4th quarter.  And the familiar discussion will arise.
  • When Ray Allen subs in for Mario Chalmers at some point in the 1st quarter in Game 1 of the Finals in June, every player on the floor at that time will have at some point been an NBA All-Star in his career.  Even if Metta might be the league’s worst offensive regular.

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Exploring Omer Asik’s offensive limitations

A couple mornings ago I awoke from a dream that took place in a world where Omer Asik was a dependable offensive player. The Rockets would dribble up the floor, run some dummy weak side action to clear one side of the court, then toss the ball down low and wait for Asik to embarrass some anonymous unlucky giant who happened to be guarding him. Waking up, I forced a chuckle, knowing the likelihood of this scenario was about as probable as that time I eluded two great white sharks chasing me around a Starbucks.

Then I thought about it for a second. Is it really inconceivable for an athletic 26-year-old, who’s never been asked to score before, to incorporate a new function into his job description? In the case of Asik, maybe? Now that his minutes will more than double as a starter, the increase in possessions he’ll take part in could open up some interesting opportunities. Either that or Asik will find himself ostracized whenever his team has the ball. Only time will tell. [read more…]

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