The Rockets Daily – July 31, 2013

Duh’Antoni – My favorite headline of the week, by far: Mike D’Antoni doesn’t understand why Dwight Howard left L.A.

From the worldwide leader:

“It’s hard for me to sit here and criticize or even to understand why he left a place like L.A.,” D’Antoni told “ESPN L.A. Now” hosts Mark Willard and Mychal Thompson on ESPN LA 710 radio Tuesday. “That’s kind of mind-boggling a little bit, but that’s in his DNA and what he wants to do.”

I mean, I don’t know. It’s not like Howard ever said he wanted the Lakers to hire a different coach or anything like that.

Simplify - Steve Nash, speaking to Yahoo Sports Radio, is far less befuddled when it comes to Dwight:

“I just don’t think he was ever comforable in L.A.”

Rambling Man – Bill Simmons just let loose part 1 of a zillion-word column on free agency, which is wonderful for basketball junkies in July.

From a footnote, it’s unbelievable how well the Harden trade turned out for the Rockets in retrospect:

  1. Now that the trade has shaken out (Harden for one year of Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, Steven Adams and a future Dallas no. 1 pick) it’s actually 20 cents on the dollar. They gave away the best 2-guard in basketball for two bench players and a pick. Yikes. I’ve said more than enough about this trade, but it continues to amaze me.

This is like the inverse of the L.A.-Memphis Gasol trade. That looked outrageous at the time, but more reasonable as time goes on. If Jeremy Lamb doesn’t pan out, the Harden trade could be the biggest heist of the 21st century. Now on to Dwight:

I covered every reason why I’d be afraid to pay him max money last May, but kudos to Dwight for making a clever basketball decision. He wagered on a top-10 player (James Harden); a top-five GM (Daryl Morey); a good owner (Leslie Alexander); the chance to re-create what he had with the 2009 Magic (who surrounded him with quality outside shooters who opened up the paint for him); and a city that gives him a decent chance to break Calvin Murphy’s “most kids by the most women” NBA record (in progress).

Also, consider that link to be entry no. 5 in my ongoing What To Expect When You’re Expecting series on Dwight. The scariest piece of it compares Dwight’s last two seasons to the decline of other star big men, and reveals that of four stars who had similar declines, only David Robinson made another All-Star team. Yikes.

Tweet That: Tweetnado Edition

So on Tuesday afternoon, this popped up in my feed from the Fearless Leader:

MoreyR

Ok, we’ve all made a few typos, let’s wait and see what Morey meant to say…

MoreyRear

Now it’s getting a little uncomfortable… hang on… I think I hear someth–

MoreyRRR

OMG.

Right now I’m thinking either: A) Morey went to Vegas to scout Summer League, stayed too long, and Vegas is happening to his iPhone, B) Sam Presti hacked his account for revenge for the Harden trade or C) A and B together.

But I do a little digging and find out it all started with this extended tweet.

MoreyRomney

Not sure what prompted those unrelated statements, but there they are. Apparently he was offering a compliment to Mitt Romney, and his phone resisted. Or something like that. I’ll just leave that there.

A few minutes later all of those tweets were deleted, and we had our sane, self-deprecating GM back:


The lesson as always: sports and politics don’t mix.

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Total comments: 7
  • Buckko says 11 months ago

    Simmons also mentioned he was disappointed in Presti that they didn't demand Perk go with Harden. We had the cap space last year to absorb it, in retrospect, what kind of impact would Perk have had on our team last year? One thing for sure, our dismal defense when Asik was on the bench wouldn't have been as bad, but would it have been enough of a difference to get us to the 2nd round? Would we have been able to shake off Perk's contract before signing Howard? Amnesty? I'm not savvy to the rules.

    We used the amnesty on Scola, and there wouldn't have been really anyone to absorb his contract without sending us something back this offseason, so it was better for us that they didn't send him to us.

  • Alituro says 11 months ago

    Simmons also mentioned he was disappointed in Presti that they didn't demand Perk go with Harden. We had the cap space last year to absorb it, in retrospect, what kind of impact would Perk have had on our team last year? One thing for sure, our dismal defense when Asik was on the bench wouldn't have been as bad, but would it have been enough of a difference to get us to the 2nd round? Would we have been able to shake off Perk's contract before signing Howard? Amnesty? I'm not savvy to the rules.

  • Stephen says 11 months ago

    Two more random thoughts from the Simmons column(Part 2).
    He mentions how Orlando may have actually done very well out of the Dwight trade.
    After the trade Morey was very complimentary of the young Orlando GM,and prob most of us were thinking that's just PC bs.
    Second,knowing how much Morey wanted Howard,just how high were Orlando's demands that Morey had to say no?

  • Buckko says 11 months ago

    The other part of the Simmons column that was Rockets-relevant was the part where he said he reckoned the Rockets have got themselves a two year title window at most. I can see his logic (although one would hope with good GMing it might be possible to extend that somewhat).

    ST

    Its definitely longer than 2 years.

  • Sir Thursday says 11 months ago

    The other part of the Simmons column that was Rockets-relevant was the part where he said he reckoned the Rockets have got themselves a two year title window at most. I can see his logic (although one would hope with good GMing it might be possible to extend that somewhat).

    ST

  • Steven says 11 months ago

    You bring up Simmons and don't mention the most awesome part about CP3's ability to see the future.
    You know where Simmons claims CP3 was pissed at Clips and told them he was going to join Dwight in Houston. Considering the Doc saga ended w/him being traded to Clips on JUNE 23!!! A week before FA officially started,and 2 weeks before Dwight announced he was choosing Houston.

    You mean we had a chance at Paul instead of being stuck with Jeremy Lin as the PG. #WHYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Stephen says 11 months ago

    You bring up Simmons and don't mention the most awesome part about CP3's ability to see the future.
    You know where Simmons claims CP3 was pissed at Clips and told them he was going to join Dwight in Houston. Considering the Doc saga ended w/him being traded to Clips on JUNE 23!!! A week before FA officially started,and 2 weeks before Dwight announced he was choosing Houston.