A quick story to start off: the presser was scheduled to kick off at 4PM today so, knowing that it would be the largest gathering since the 2004 Republican National Convention, I left work at 3:15.  (I work downtown and am five minutes from the Toyota Center.)  As I’m turning the corner at Louisiana, two officers on horseback seem to have piqued interest in my presence amidst traffic.  I make the turn left, very slowly, and continue onward, thinking nothing of it, assuming it’s my imagination.  I glance rearview and both creatures are behind me.  I focus on the road.  As I pull up to the light, I’m immediately surrounded by the hideous beasts.  Conversation ensues; I’m told my registration has expired.  While awaiting the final decree, it hits me that I’ve been rung up by a cop riding a horse.  This sort of stuff hasn’t happened since the 1800’s.  No one I know anywhere, ever has had this happen.  How completely humiliating.  For this I’m late.

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That fork in the road

Just yesterday, I remarked that the Houston Rockets stood in an enviable position.  Today brought potentially even better news.  From the Houston Chronicle:

On Tuesday, the Knicks announced that they would not match the Rockets’ offer to Lin, sending him back to Houston. And after a week of summer league, Alexander still wants that blockbuster deal, but no longer considers it as crucial to the team’s long-term outlook.

“I thought it was more important two months ago than today,” Alexander said of the pursuit of a trade for a franchise star. “After you watch Jeremy Lamb play, and you watch Terrence Jones play and (Donatas) Motiejunas play and Royce White play, and (Chandler) Parsons is really good, we add Jeremy Lin and it (the major trade) is important, but it’s not as ultra-important as I thought it was. “

There’s always the chance of doublespeak.  But if sincere, the sentiment is cause for celebration.

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It’s now official.  After the 11:59 deadline passed last night, Jeremy Lin again became a Houston Rocket.

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Multiple reports are confirming that the New York Knicks have declined to match the offer sheet agreed to by Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets.  Translation: Linsanity is now coming [back] to Houston.

On the other side of the river, Houston’s rookies continued their impressive run in summer league play, posting collectively gaudy totals: Terrence Jones led the way with 24 points and 12 boards, Donatas Motiejunas had 20 and 12, Jeremy Lamb posted 23 and 6, and Royce White finished with 6-12-8.

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Rockets’ rookies continue to roll

A reader, Sir Thursday, writes:

There’s little more to say about Lamb that hasn’t already said – it feels as if he’s playing the game in slow motion at times. Never seems to be rushed by anything, but somehow always gets open, can always shake off his man (I recall one particularly effortless crossover) and is able to explode when he needs to. I’m really looking forward to seeing him play in the NBA, hopefully for us.

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