Expectations exist in the same ethereal world as stocks and terror-threat levels: constantly fluctuating and forcing those viewed as experts in the particular field to pretend that they knew what was happening all along. In the long drudge of an 82-game NBA season, the fickleness of those expectations becomes most readily apparent; the difference between what defines a successful season to someone in October and what pleases a beleaguered fan in March is startling, a perfect example of experience lowering expectations and generally making those with such lofty hopes more satisfied along the way. Who was right, though? That idealistic chap (or chapette) whose sole focus on a ring will either leave him or her very happy or very frustrated? Or the contented fan who can be proud of his or her team and be excited for another year? This discussion sort of dominates this website quite often, but this year the Houston Rockets have almost comically defined themselves by this argument, one of which I’m not quite ready to let go. Read More
I’ll be in the press box for this one, with last semester’s exams thankfully behind me. Join Connor in the chatroom before tip-off as it should be rocking for this huge matchup. I plan to update this very post periodically from Toyota Center, but for now, check out Kevin Arnovitz’s take on the game at The Heat Index.
Two updates in first half. Overall thoughts on the game tomorrow morning.
Much like U.S. presidents, NBA GMs are often credited (whether in a positive light or not) for actions set forth at the tail end of the previous administration. Daryl Morey was Assistant General Manager at the time of the Shane Battier / Rudy Gay trade*, so he definitely contributed to the analysis, but Carroll Dawson was still GM. Nevertheless, Morey is often credited with the acquisition, and it will probably remain that way. My question is will Morey, or the collective Rockets fan base, ever reach a point where that pivotal trade is met with regret?
Wednesday, 7:30pm CST @ Toyota Center
Join us in the chatroom during gametime.
Daryl Morey is an interesting subject to me. Much like Warren Buffet, he is generally viewed as a leader in his field. Also, much like Warren Buffet (and this is strictly my opinion, based on anecdotal evidence), he often tells the public one thing while doing another. This may seem dishonest, but when enough of the market is paying attention to your words and actions, it’s impossible to gain an advantage without withholding information. When you are constantly hounded by the media and peers for advice and thoughts, your options are either to 1) make no comment, 2) reveal your best secrets and lose any competitive advantage, or 3) tell a story that sounds plausible, but is not the full truth.