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The Red94 Podcast: Episode 43

In today’s episode, I look back at the series loss and ahead towards the possible pursuit of New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.


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  • Dusty says 5 months ago

    @thejohnnygold

    Very on point. I appreciate the structure behind your conclusion and there's no argument to go against how you arrived to it. It's good you're very aware of both the absurdity and joys of rooting for a corporation-led team. They profit from our fanaticism, but they do produce amazing games filled with wonderful stories. We are entertained aren't we? Plus as the whole fiasco with Sterling has shown, we aren't completely without influence. Crappy owners will get spanked for bad behaviour.

    That first team you mentioned built with homegrown talents who struggled to the top. That's the team I want to root for. Would bleed for a team like that. But yeah, it doesn't work that way in the "real world" and I guess why should it?

    @PhillyCheese

    For now, I'm with philly cheese on this. I root for the Michigan Wolverines, New York Giants, and Houston Rockets. I hate the Knicks, because of Dolan, and The Dallas Cowboys, because they are the Dallas Cowboys. I hate the Boston Celtics, because I hate Boston the city.

    "So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do."

  • Steven says 5 months ago

    Well when the rockets are out, I bandwagon the spurs. I could NEVER support the cowboys though.

    I could when Jerry jones is no longer the owner.
  • Buckko says 5 months ago

    Well when the rockets are out, I bandwagon the spurs. I could NEVER support the cowboys though.

  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @PhillyCheese

    I'm just the opposite. Houston is my city. I have lived here all my life. I love the Rockets, Texans and Astros (Yes I'm the one sitting in the stands with the bagover his head :lol:) I think that everyone who doesn't live here is unfortunate. I'm a homer in the true sense. when I can't pull for Houston I pull for Texas.........all other teams are viewed as the enemy. NO EXCEPTIONS :lol:

  • PhillyCheese says 5 months ago

    I root for the Montreal Canadiens even though I don't live in Montreal. I root for New England Patriots even though I don't live in Boston. What usually happens is for a period when favourite players are retired or traded, my fandom wanes, and then it picks up again. If the heart of the Rockets leaves, I'll still root for them, but will not be as invested until they get some players tha captures my attention.

    But for those that live in Houston, I guess you are invested all the time.

  • thejohnnygold says 5 months ago

    I know most people here are diehard Houston Rockets fan, but I moved here as an orphan to the New Jersey Nets (I can't root for Brooklyn. no way). So what I'm about to say may be blasphemous... I can't imagine rooting for Houston if they lose Chandler, Lin, and Asik. It's just not the same team. I know GMs don't make decisions based on this, but I'd be really sad if they gutted the heart of the team. Don't we root for teams (people) and not a money-making corporation? If you think about it... isn't it strange that we root for a corporation, just because it's labeled 'Houston' or 'New Jersey'?

    I don't know. Would hate to lost the team chemistry we have.

    I'll chime in since all the replies have been one-sided.

    I agree with you to a certain extent (and it should be obvious, but I'll mention that this is personal and subjective for every fan--there is no right/wrong way to root for a team--not that anyone would agree with that :lol: ). I find my enjoyment and experience of watching the Rockets increases in relation to the emotional connection I can make with the team--which is primarily through the players.

    To me, the ideal scenario would be local kids, who went to local colleges, and become hometown heroes for your favorite team. You got to watch them develop their talents, suffer hardship, and enjoy success on the road to whatever their careers ultimately bring and, as a fan, you got to experience it vicariously through them--with them. Championship or not, the journey was a good one and the heart and soul of a city can be seen, reflected in the face of a few guys who happen to be good at basketball. Yes, it is corny and hokey and lamer than any inspirational kids film ever made. That's just me.

    The reality is that's not how things work in the NBA. If you want that sort of experience you're best served to find a smaller college program with a high graduation rate. For myself, in order to deal with the chasm between my ideal and what is actually available I have to make extra efforts to find attachment and connect with the players on our roster. This can be done in a number of ways. Social media, interviews, articles, watching as many games as possible--mainly it's about creating a narrative--a story that is compelling and makes you care about player X.

    Why do I like Greg Smith? Primarily it is from reading an interview he did (which can be found at draftexpress.com--a great resource for backstory stuff) where he talked about his career path from high school through his first year or so of pro ball. After that, I was a fan and I cared about his success and every thunderous dunk he made was that much better. I'm not sad that he has left the Rockets--my only concern is that he continues to live his dream of playing pro ball.

    If we trade away Parsons, Lin, or Asik it will leave a big hole for me--I like rooting for all three of them--even when their play infuriates me :lol: .

    Logically, I get that acquiring a player like Carmelo is a no-brainer (despite concerns people may have). I don't have much attachment to him; in fact, my biggest attachment is negative as he knocked my Longhorns out of their only Final Four appearance when he was at Syracuse. If we do get him, I will find a way to connect to him though--it makes my experience better.

    As far as the corporation thing goes.....this is the modern world. Despite the fact that these entities are cash machines that spend as much time looking at bottom lines as stat lines they are still focal points for their communities. Millions of people focus their attention and energy simultaneously pinning their hopes on those players who work for the corporations. For me, it is in that space where the really cool stuff exists. There is no way to describe the energy of Memorial Stadium for a Longhorn Football game with 100,000+ fans all screaming, yelling, and yearning together. It can only be felt in person. Make no mistake about it, the UT athletic department is a corporation like any other. It's not about them. It's about the 100,000 people who all share the same hopes, dreams, and desires. I don't cheer for Les Alexander when the Rockets succeed--I don't think about how he feels when we win. Imagining the people of Houston celebrating together makes me much happier.

    A corporation makes all of this possible--for all of us. When the guys above said they root for the name on the front, and not the back, I interpret that as they are rooting for the idea--the symbol--of the Rockets. It unites us all. Yay sports!

    I hope you find a way to cope with your existential crisis. Players come and go. It is the fans that remain.

  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @FSS

    by any measuring stick I could rate a coach on McFail is a FAILURE. I thought I was seeing progress in him, but when pressure was put on him he regressed leaving me sure that hoping he could one day be a good coach was futile.

  • feelingsupersonic says 5 months ago I agree the team chemistry is still a work in progress, I think that might be what I measure McHale by this season.
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @Dusty

    WELCOME TO THE FORUM :)I agree with FSS and Steven. my loyalties rest with the Rockets organization. players come and go, but the organization is here to stay. I disagree with your view that Lin, Parsons and Asik are the heart of the team. while they are important (heart of the team status) is putting a little to much weight on their shoulders. as for your comment on loosing our team chemistry my answer would be......what team chemistry? I think the players made it clear that they are good together off the court, however on court problems still exist. how do you know when a team has good team chemistry?.................when the sum of it's parts are exceeded by the overall play of the team. the Rockets aren't any where close to that

  • feelingsupersonic says 5 months ago

    Yup, the only time I really got upset was when Sampson was traded away. It's all about the organization that represents the city I have grown up in for me. Players come and go, it's bigger than any player for me.

  • Steven says 5 months ago

    I know most people here are diehard Houston Rockets fan, but I moved here as an orphan to the New Jersey Nets (I can't root for Brooklyn. no way). So what I'm about to say may be blasphemous... I can't imagine rooting for Houston if they lose Chandler, Lin, and Asik. It's just not the same team. I know GMs don't make decisions based on this, but I'd be really sad if they gutted the heart of the team. Don't we root for teams (people) and not a money-making corporation? If you think about it... isn't it strange that we root for a corporation, just because it's labeled 'Houston' or 'New Jersey'?
    I don't know. Would hate to lost the team chemistry we have.

    I have always cared more about the name on the front of the jersey over the name on the back.
  • Dusty says 5 months ago

    I know most people here are diehard Houston Rockets fan, but I moved here as an orphan to the New Jersey Nets (I can't root for Brooklyn. no way). So what I'm about to say may be blasphemous... I can't imagine rooting for Houston if they lose Chandler, Lin, and Asik. It's just not the same team. I know GMs don't make decisions based on this, but I'd be really sad if they gutted the heart of the team. Don't we root for teams (people) and not a money-making corporation? If you think about it... isn't it strange that we root for a corporation, just because it's labeled 'Houston' or 'New Jersey'?

    I don't know. Would hate to lost the team chemistry we have.

  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    great....now all we have to do is figure out how to hire Rick Carlisle to fix our problem

  • Willk says 5 months ago

    That is a great question timetodie. I cannot even pretend to know whats out there in the coaching ranks but the more I think about it the more vested in the idea I am. Upgrading the assistants bench is a way to add another crucial piece to the puzzle while maintaining the growth of the culture because you are bringing a new guy onto the team. It would seem like an attractive situation.

    it seems like the rockets like to promote from within mainly from the RGV. I am not sure this is the way to go.
  • Willk says 5 months ago

    Bird had Rick Carlisle and that's why Bird seemed like a good coach. Bird was the leader but his assistants took care of schemes and the X's and O's.

    I agree. This is the same situation with the majority of coaches.
  • feelingsupersonic says 5 months ago

    That is a great question timetodie. I cannot even pretend to know whats out there in the coaching ranks but the more I think about it the more vested in the idea I am. Upgrading the assistants bench is a way to add another crucial piece to the puzzle while maintaining the growth of the culture because you are bringing a new guy onto the team. It would seem like an attractive situation.

  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago Agreed FSS. Who can we find that is a great Xs and Os guy?
  • feelingsupersonic says 5 months ago

    Bird had Rick Carlisle and that's why Bird seemed like a good coach. Bird was the leader but his assistants took care of schemes and the X's and O's.

  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @TTDN

    you mean the same Terry Stotts who was on the hot seat this year? the same one who's teams flamed outin previousyears and had the Star player questioning whether he wanted to be there? Stotts is decent, I'll give him that, but he's no guru.

    @Willk

    true Bird was decent.....he's a much better GM/President. after his coaching days I remember reading an article where he talked about the obstacles trying to relay his message to the troops. it's not impossible, however it is difficult. to much of a job for McFail

  • Willk says 5 months ago

    @FSS
    point taken, because it is hard to view the positivity with McFail's block head in the way. by the way I was fine with him as long as he was anywhere but here. outside of being a good player in his day his work in the league as both a GM and Coach rank as a -10 on a scale of 1-10. it often amazes me when speaking of McFail people cite the fact he won rings as a player so they figure he knows what it takes to get the job done. being a good player and winning championships doesn't necessarily translate to being a good coach......ask Magic or Bird. both tried coaching and found that having knowledge and being able to communicate that knowledge to others in a way they can absorb it are to different things. if McFail can't do the x's and o's thing what makes people believe he has great basketball knowledge? McFail is a motivational speaker......his basketball knowledge is garbage. I can't be sold on the knowledge of someone who got outcoached by TERRY FREAKIN STOTTS

    Phil Jackson was a motivational speaker. He was not an Xs and Os guy. Phil always had Tex Winters run the offense and Jimmy Clemmons run the defense. Most head coaches delegate and only focus on the big picture.
    Also Larry Bird was a very good coach. He had won 69% of the games he coached and Indiana made it to the finals under him.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago What's wrong with Stotts?
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @FSS

    point taken, because it is hard to view the positivity with McFail's block head in the way. by the way I was fine with him as long as he was anywhere but here. outside of being a good player in his day his work in the league as both a GM and Coach rank as a -10 on a scale of 1-10. it often amazes me when speaking of McFail people cite the fact he won rings as a player so they figure he knows what it takes to get the job done. being a good player and winning championships doesn't necessarily translate to being a good coach......ask Magic or Bird. both tried coaching and found that having knowledge and being able to communicate that knowledge to others in a way they can absorb it are to different things. if McFail can't do the x's and o's thing what makes people believe he has great basketball knowledge? McFail is a motivational speaker......his basketball knowledge is garbage. I can't be sold on the knowledgeof someone who got outcoached by TERRY FREAKIN STOTTS

  • Buckko says 5 months ago

    You talking about Miami Steven, because I'm sure they haven't 3peat yet.

  • Steven says 5 months ago

    They would easily be the least likable trio of stars.

    Especially after getting three rings.
  • Cooper says 5 months ago

    They would easily be the least likable trio of stars.

  • goRockets says 5 months ago

    If Rockets go after Melo and actually get him, it would be so funny watching Harden, Melo, Dwight yelling at each other asking for the ball, and not passing to anyone once they get it.

  • bladad says 5 months ago

    I don't like mchale either, but just ask the nicks how many championships they got from trading their entire roster. The rockets don't have a problem putting the ball in the basket, it's keeping the other guy from putting a ball in theirs.

    PREACH BROTHER, PREACH.

  • Buckko says 5 months ago I don't like mchale either, but just ask the nicks how many championships they got from trading their entire roster. The rockets don't have a problem putting the ball in the basket, it's keeping the other guy from putting a ball in theirs.
  • feelingsupersonic says 5 months ago

    @Buckko
    Carmelo isn't just a name. the man can flat shoot the rock. he is in the top four among offensive weapons in the league IMO.

    as for this Durrant dream :lol:Durrant won't hit FA for two more years. so what's the plan till then, continue losing in the first round? if we get the chance atMelo I would be of the opinion that a Melo in handnext year is worth a Durrant in handthree years from now. also even if we get Durrant how many years do we need to give that new team to grow up? we have a core group that's ready to compete now. I'm not looking beyond next season. we need to seize this opportunity now. I know some of you guys feel that this season was a learning experience for us. while there is value gained via collapses experience wise, there is no proof the team will learn from it. we lost this series because Portland exposed our weaknesses. we play bad fundamental basketball. while I will expect improvement from our players next year our schemes need fixing. I been waiting for somebody to bust open a tread on what it's going to take to fix this team. some think we were evenly matched with Portland talent wise...........I don't. we have a far better team than Portland but still got our butts kicked. that's alarming to me. McFail has been given another year so we need to acquire so much talent thatthis meathead can't screw it up. that's our only choiceother wise we will be looking at the same result next year. I guess you can tell I'm still upset at the Rockets about keeping McFail.



    Man, you will always be upset about Coach McHale and that's okay, we assume you've been hating him since the 80's. The Rockets in no way got their butts kicked, yes they are more talented but it definitely wasn't a butt kicking. Don't let your disgust with McHale cloud your ability to see other Rocket situations.
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @Buckko

    Carmelo isn't just a name. the man can flat shoot the rock. he is in the top four among offensive weapons in the league IMO.

    as for this Durrant dream :lol:Durrant won't hit FA for two more years. so what's the plan till then, continue losing in the first round? if we get the chance atMelo I would be of the opinion that a Melo in handnext year is worth a Durrant in handthree years from now. also even if we get Durrant how many years do we need to give that new team to grow up? we have a core group that's ready to compete now. I'm not looking beyond next season. we need to seize this opportunity now. I know some of you guys feel that this season was a learning experience for us. while there is value gained via collapses experience wise, there is no proof the team will learn from it. we lost this series because Portland exposed our weaknesses. we play bad fundamental basketball. while I will expect improvement from our players next year our schemes need fixing. I been waiting for somebody to bust open a tread on what it's going to take to fix this team. some think we were evenly matched with Portland talent wise...........I don't. we have a far better team than Portland but still got our butts kicked. that's alarming to me. McFail has been given another year so we need to acquire so much talent thatthis meathead can't screw it up. that's our only choiceother wise we will be looking at the same result next year. I guess you can tell I'm still upset at the Rockets about keeping McFail.

  • feelingsupersonic says 5 months ago I like how you're thinking there Buckko.
  • Buckko says 5 months ago Yep can't let the Durant Dream Die so it's a no go. Now just saying to get a player because he's a big name isn't very logical. Big names don't win championships, talented, deep teams with an identity do. FYI Howard's ETO is also the same offseason as KD's free agency, paycut for more room on the boat anyone?
  • feelingsupersonic says 5 months ago If we go for Melo and get him that means the Durant Dream will be dead.


    (I don't always fish but when I do it's saltwater fishing.)
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @Buckko

    Yes we're still talking basketball.......just got side tracked there because you hit on one of my favorite hobbies. I could talk fishing all day long. I fish fresh water, salt water, lakes. streams, rivers, kiddie pools :lol: you name it and it's on.

    alright enough of that. I understand what you are saying in weighing Rondo against Melo and you're right it is financially more sustainable and allowing most of the core we have in place now remain............but hey we're talkin Melo. sorry I can't see a reason why I would pass on Melo if it doesn't require D-12 or Harden in the deal. he just too valuable

  • Buckko says 5 months ago So are we still talking basketball. Anyway I'm a fresh water fisher, and whoever you know that fishes for carp must have zero taste buds. Good luck with you oil... dilemma anyway..
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @Buckko

    carp? I was fishing at Sheldon reservoir a couple of weeks ago and people were hauling out carp like they were catching bass. carp may not be among my favorites, but it appears it's not without appeal to some. in my normal fishing spots carp isn't a problem because I'm normally in salt water, but since the oil spill I'm sticking to fresh water this year. I want to have to put oil in the skillet before the fish. not put the fish in and let the oil run out. I prefer vegetable oil over crude :lol:

  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago I think Rondo has a pretty good shot now but Idk about his athleticism anymore.
  • Buckko says 5 months ago Still no one has given a clear point on how a gutted team with melo is superior to a stacked team with rondo.
  • Buckko says 5 months ago

    @Buckko
    with McFail in tow we have to look at bigger fish first. no doubt Rondo can help us, but if you catch a whopper you don't throw him back just because the cooler is full

    You don't take that whopper if he's a carp.
  • Buckko says 5 months ago Bosh is a very underrated defender and has become a great 3pt shooter. However I see the big 3 declining their ETO to join that massive 2015 FA class where they would have far more options, it also gives one last season for lebron to decide if he's making South Beach his permanent home.
  • miketheodio says 5 months ago

    @miketheodio

    it amazes me that every fan thinks every star will give their team a discount. sure it happens from time to time, but it's the exception.....not the rule especially when it comes to stars. role players are more likely to do it, but even for them the situation has to be almost perfect. you can not depend on the generosity of players to build your franchise.

    exactly. bosh has 2 rings. he could come to houston for big cash and a chance at a ring.

  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @miketheodio

    it amazes me that every fan thinks every star will give their team a discount. sure it happens from time to time, but it's the exception.....not the rule especially when it comes to stars. role players are more likely to do it, but even for them the situation has to be almost perfect. you can not depend on the generosity of players to build your franchise.

  • miketheodio says 5 months ago

    @miketheodio

    Bosh likely stays with Miami IMO. I agree with Love in the lineup our defense will be a freeway of drives to the hoop interrupted only by a Howard swat from time to time. I once saw Love's shadow score ten straight points on him :lol:

    still not sure about the salary cap situation. how long can you sign role players for pennies on the dollar? some of it might be dependent on their success this season. i mean the guy already has 2 rings. could get a good amount of money and a decent chance at another ring.

  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @Rockets911

    well let's not disappoint the masses

  • Rockets911 says 5 months ago

    @TTDN
    I don't want Lin here under any conditions next year. it's time to cut bait with him


    Actually, more Lin fans want him out of Houston then Houston fans
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @miketheodio

    Bosh likely stays with Miami IMO. I agree with Love in the lineup our defense will be a freeway of drives to the hoop interrupted only by a Howard swat from time to time. I once saw Love's shadow score ten straight points on him :lol:

  • Cooper says 5 months ago

    I think bosh would be cause for an exception.

  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago Bosh doesn't fit with Moreys no long 2 rule.
  • miketheodio says 5 months ago

    a line up with kevin love, parsons, and harden

    yikes that defense.

    why is chris bosh completely out of the realm of possibility?

  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @Buckko

    with McFail in tow we have to look at bigger fish first. no doubt Rondo can help us, but if you catch a whopper you don't throw him back just because the cooler is full

  • Buckko says 5 months ago Andrey blatche, Elton brand, Greg smith, marcus Camby, kenyon Martin are also possible for 5th big man depth.
  • Buckko says 5 months ago Still completly against gutting the team for melo and making our other positions weaker. You would then have two one way isolation stars competing for touches without even mentioning Dwight post ups, defense, and thin bench. We all know the weakest position is PG in a PG dominant conference. By trading for rondo, the rockets upgrade themselves on both sides of the court without giving up nearly as much because rondo is an expiring contract who by the way would cost a little more than half as much against the cap as melo. Since he's an expiring contract, the rockets can get away with a lot less along with having the leverage that the Cs can't realistically build around a PG that's 28. Lin, parsons,a1st (2015) or Lin and 2 first(2015 2017), fillers like casspi might need to be added and/or 2nd round picks for sweeteners. If they do trade parsons, they should still have enough to go after a 3&D wings, like Ariza if willing to take a slight paycut. Back to Rondo though, he would add that mental toughness, hard nose attitude that this team needs like getting On harden when he decides being non-existent on defense and create a true reliable playmaker to work with H&H. Another fact about rondo is he has been reconstructing his 3pt shot. Trading for rondo would also move Beverley to the bench where he could be a true energy spark and no longer need to conserve his energy for starter minutes. Further offseason moves I would advise for is looking for a 5th big man for depth like resigning Greg smith or signing Camby and maybe use the MLE on James Johnson to upgrade wing depth and draft KJ Mcdaniels to store in the D-league and move the viper gang into the rotation. Can we make an offseason thread already?
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @TTDN

    bad enough we have to live with McFail, but Lin too......that would be the triple crown

  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago I think Lin is gone but I wouldn't be surprised if he's not.
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @TTDN

    I don't want Lin here under any conditions next year. it's time to cut bait with him

  • Rockets911 says 5 months ago

    I was talking about Chandler

    whoops my fault. That's true
  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago

    Injury prone? He played 77 out if 82 games trying to do everything. He has the same torn labrum on his right shoulder that he tore in 2013 on his left shoulder that would be fixed pretty easy. I'm not a Melo fan per say but I can say any any analyst could say he's UNGUARDABLE, second best to Durant, and Harden ain't even close to Melo scoring wise. Lebron would want no part of Melo when it comes to guarding him.


    I was talking about Chandler
  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago Also if the rumered Dwight jumper is real and can be counted on for around 45% when wide open I wouldn't mind keeping our team the same it is for next year have Parsons be an UFA with a negligible cap hit, Asik and Lin off the books and court Lebron/Bosh/etc.... Hopefully either Jones or DMo steps up and mans the PF spot if not we have cap space. Giving Lin another offseason to improve and become better suited playing as a sixth man and seeing if Bev can play his style of defense and remain healthy(I wonder). I just don't want to mortgage our future giving. Second tier FA the max like ZBo(who I doubt will age well), or Monroe(poor defender), or someone like that.

    The twin towers can work with staggered minutes if one of those two have a jumper, IMO
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @TTDN

    I agree Asik is easier to move, but Chandler will still bring a nice return for NY IMO

  • Rockets911 says 5 months ago

    Too injury prone with a 15 mil cap hit. No market for him.


    Injury prone? He played 77 out if 82 games trying to do everything. He has the same torn labrum on his right shoulder that he tore in 2013 on his left shoulder that would be fixed pretty easy. I'm not a Melo fan per say but I can say any any analyst could say he's UNGUARDABLE, second best to Durant, and Harden ain't even close to Melo scoring wise. Lebron would want no part of Melo when it comes to guarding him.
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @Cooper

    that is a viable plan if we can manage to keep Parsons out of the deal and would allow us one more year of his services. however what makes a deal appealing to NY is obtaining Parsons. they already have a center and are probably lukewarm on taking J-Lin. to get them to absorb those contracts Parson is the linchpin

  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago

    Might not be able to afford to keep parsons but it would make sense to play hardball with the knicks and just offer them a first, then sign and trade Parsons after the season for a mid tier sf and pick or something. If they had to have Parsons could the rockets decline Parsons option this summer then sign him to a 10 mill or whatever a yr deal? be able to send just him and Jlin for for melo. It will be interesting to see if Miami wins the title or not, if they lose Bosh will be available which would be ideal.


    JLin and a 1st for Melo? Not happening.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago I'm just saying that Asik would be easier to trade hence why I included him. Plus the Celtics have already expressed interest in him. Of course a team would bite on Chandler but they might have to take back crap like Gerald Wallace or someone of that ilk.
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @TTDN

    Chandler may have an unfavorable injury history.......that's true, but the shortage of reasonable centers in the league pretty much means there will always be a team willing to chance it. his salary will be less of a problem because he will be in the last year of his contract and was healthy at the end of the season

  • Cooper says 5 months ago

    Might not be able to afford to keep parsons but it would make sense to play hardball with the knicks and just offer them a first, then sign and trade Parsons after the season for a mid tier sf and pick or something. If they had to have Parsons could the rockets decline Parsons option this summer then sign him to a 10 mill or whatever a yr deal? be able to send just him and Jlin for for melo. It will be interesting to see if Miami wins the title or not, if they lose Bosh will be available which would be ideal.

  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago Too injury prone with a 15 mil cap hit. No market for him.
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @TTDN

    if NY and Houston make a trade with a third team involved NY will probably keep Asik and ship Chandler. even though Asik will make more next year he will show less on the cap saving NY luxury tax money and cap room. there is a 6 million dollar difference in their cap figures.

    @Rockets911

    I agree NY will push for Parsons. I also agree a team that has D-12, Harden and Melo can't afford to pay Parsons likely making him part of any deal

  • Rockets911 says 5 months ago 1. Carmelo wants to stay in Ny, but at the same time still wants to win. He wants to play for Phil Jackson as well. The catch is that Phil is not coaching. Steve Kerr will be the next head coach and the story that Melo and Phil had dinner and talked about Kerr coaching. Melo wasn't against it but he wasn't jumping for joy either. Melo has already said in multiple conversations he would take less, the money isn't that important but he's still Melo, Houston will have to pay 96 million max 4yr deal compared to 129 million 5 year in Ny.

    2. Chances are, Houston has the biggest chance if you ask me to acquire Melo IF he doesn't resign in Ny. There's no way they want to let Melo go to Chicago and have to worry about not only Chicago in the next 3 years but you also still have Miami to worry about in the East. There's no way Phil lets that happen and would ask Melo to do a sign and trade with Houston instead. it's been said Houston is one of his options.

    3. Lakers could flat out sign Melo, and with Dantoni gone, playing with Kobe and a lottery pick might seem intriguing. His wife Lala lives out in LA and is Hollywood as well so that factor is possible.

    4. Rahat forgot to mention Parsons in the deal with Asik and Lin. There's NO way Ny does the sign and trade without Parsons. Plus I don't see how Houston is gonna have D12, Harden, Melo anddddd Parsons signed long term. So I wouldn't think for a second if Houston has Melo, Parsons is even a Rocket anymore.
  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago Try telling Dwight he's not a viable option. Lol. I agree, but I don't see how that doesn't DESTROY our chemistry.

    Asik would need to go to a 3rd team like the Celtics for Green. That would give the Knicks a starting 5 of

    PG = Lin/Felton
    SG = Shump/JR
    SF = Parsons/hardaway
    PF = Green/STAT
    C = Chandler/Bargs

    That is a playoff team in the east depending on Phil's goals for next year.

    We would have
    PG = Beverley/Canaan
    SG = Harden/Daniels
    SF = Marion or Aminu / Draft pick
    PF = Melo/Jones
    C = Howard/DMo
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    @TTDN

    the way he handled his Denver exit

  • timetodienow1234567 says 5 months ago Carmelo is greedy?

    What is your basis?
  • rockets best fan says 5 months ago

    good podcast Rahat. that McFail news was a real downer. I don't see a way to put a positive spin on that. McFail knows as much about coaching as I do brain surgery. he is clueless. however in the end you're right. no use in continuing to beat that dead horse. lets hope they find a good coach to hole McFail's hand. I guess that shift in plans means we are simply going to have to acquire a talent levelthat even McFail can't miss with.man the idea of that doesn't lift my spirits any. oh well.

    on the Carmelo front. I disagree. I think we are the front runner as I predicted last year with D-12. Carmelo will not walk and leave NY like D-12 did the Lakers. when he leaves it will be via trade.of the two teamsseeking his services ( Houston Chicago) both need to dump contracts to make his acquisition financially sustainable. Chicago has the upper hand because of their ability to use the amnesty clause, however using that alone won't get the job done. the new CBA has taken the advantages away from sign and trade deals for the players, but not for teams. if he is going to leave you can bet NY will be willing to play along..........why? I will tell you why....their coffersare depleted. they have few young players, almost no draft picks and no cap room. I know they intend to do most of their team building via FA, but you need a lot more than a star player to win and I think Phil knows that.I think last summer demonstrated how horrific not receiving compensation when star players leave can be. Phil is smarter than that.

    will Carmelo opt out? I'm not to sure about that. Carmelo is greedy. he wants his cake and eat it too. he doesn't have to opt out until June 29th. if he can get NY to play ball there can be benefit for both sides. if NY trades Carmelo between now and June 29th the new team will have his bird rights when he opts out and will be able to give him his full pay with max raiseson his new deal. NY can reel in young players and draft picks to get their rebuild underway. that's not what NY wants, but faced with the possibility of getting nothing that's going to look like a bargain to them. that also helps the two teams trying to acquire him. he got out of Denver without losing anymoney. I say he will attempt to do the same thing here.

  • Rockets911 says 5 months ago ...?

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