Well, we’re here. After months of anticipation, the 2011-2012 NBA season is about to get underway. Will the Rockets’ offense drop off under Kevin McHale? Can the team make up for the loss of veteran Chuck Hayes? Those are some of the many questions for which we’ll be in search of answers.
Do the Houston Rockets have a legal claim against the NBA?
First, there is the obvious non-legal answer. Just ask yourself, would you sue your employer while still under contract to work there for the next 10 years? It’s definitely bad for business.
Well, we’re here. Saturday marks the start of the 2011-2012 basketball season with our beloved Rockets warming up in a pre-season exhibition against their rivals from San Antonio. To usher in the new year, I got together with two of my favorite Rockets writers, Tom Martin from The Dreamshake, and Jason Friedman of Rockets.com. What ensues are some brief takes on the team in 2012.
1. Which Houston Rocket is most likely to have a breakout season?
Jason: I can’t wait to see what Kyle Lowry has in store for us this year. If it’s a relative repeat of what we’ve seen from him the past two years, great. If, however, he can maintain his March numbers (20 ppg, 8 apg, 5 rpg, .427 3-pt%) over the course of an entire season, we’re talking All Star.
Tom: If Carl Landry could “break out” playing behind Luis Scola, I’ve got a hunch Patrick Patterson can do the same. Like Landry, he’s a dynamic, spread-the-floor scorer and owns a seemingly patented “Scrappy Houston Rockets Motor.” That said, Patterson brings more to the table on the glass and on defense, and with Kevin McHale now on board, I expect his post play to improve significantly.
Rahat: Johnny Flynn was so bad in Minnesota that we forget he is a former #6 overall pick. Now healthy and in a more conventional system (the Wolves ran the triangle), I think Flynn bounces back and at least looks like an NBA player. Daryl Morey will have decisions to make between the former Syracuse standout and Goran Dragic.
Due to popular demand, we’re going to need to create multiple leagues. I’m going to push all fantasy basketball-related discussion into the forum so we can get organized.
Please register so we can get a total head-count. Then we’ll divide up the leagues evenly and get to setting the rules. Spread the word if you have friends who would like to participate. We’d like to close it off pretty soon and get underway.