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@  jorgeaam : (07 October 2015 - 08:47 PM) Guys we need 1 more owner for the Red94 fantasy league, if interested please comment on the post in the fantasy basketball thread
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 06:50 PM) Kobe ranked one spot higher than Ariza? Is this based on legacy or...??
@  slick shoes : (07 October 2015 - 04:13 PM) It was hard to keep up with both the Astros and Rockets at the same time. Should be interesting on Thursday with the Texans and Astros on simultaneously.
@  Mario Peña : (07 October 2015 - 04:09 PM) It was fun to have the Rockets on last night! Right now I'm watching the Celtics versus Milan and Alessandro Gentile is impressive.
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Well, thinking twice about it, I'd rather have him score less and have the team as a whole do better. Lawson should take a lot of his load off
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 07:47 PM) Loving that, hope he hits 30 PPG this year
@  thejohnnygold : (06 October 2015 - 06:15 PM) Someone is feeling confident :) : LINK
@  jorgeaam : (06 October 2015 - 05:54 PM) 10 Teams done, will need 2 more
@  Mario Peña : (06 October 2015 - 02:35 PM) Alright guys, if anyone is interested in joining the Red94 fantasy basketball league we could use one more player to get us to 10 teams (or three to get us to 12 teams). Just check the thread in the Fantasy Basketball forum. Thanks!
@  thejohnnygold : (05 October 2015 - 06:23 PM) I use leaguepass here in Austin with no problems...
@  skip 2 my lou : (05 October 2015 - 03:14 PM) Hey fellas, I'm a rocket fan but I live in the heart of Dallas. Does anybody know if I buy NBA Leaguepass if it's too close to be subject to blackouts?
@  Losthief : (02 October 2015 - 02:24 AM) tks jg
@  thejohnnygold : (29 September 2015 - 05:16 AM) FYI, it was media day today. Interviews are up at NBA.com
@  slick shoes : (23 September 2015 - 06:37 PM) kind of late in the day but NBATV is broadcasting classis Rockets games all day today.
@  SadLakerFan : (16 September 2015 - 04:37 AM) Man, as a Laker fan, I'm learning how little you care about the off season when your team sucks. Anyway, a quick moment to remember Moses. Still remember watching the 81 team as a kid - losing record, NBA Finals. I would have cried w/joy if they could have beaten the Celtics.
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) http://bleacherrepor...ist-after-crash
@  jorgeaam : (15 September 2015 - 08:30 PM) So to celebrate his new contract, Montrezl Harrell saved someone's life on monday
@  thejohnnygold : (14 September 2015 - 04:36 PM) A good article from Blinebury talking about when Hakeem and Moses used to play in the park. LINK
@  rockets best... : (14 September 2015 - 02:29 AM) I agree totally. I got to watch his Rocket days and the man was a hell of a player. BIG MO R.I.P.
@  Mario Peña : (13 September 2015 - 05:24 PM) Sad to see Moses pass. I don't remember watching him as a Rocket but I do remember his Philly and Hawks teams. He was the perfect man to mentor Dream. It's a very sad day for his family and friends and there are many.

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#1 Mitchell Felker

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    Posted 27 March 2014 - 03:46 PM

    EG - I can't figure out the Rockets. Some nights they look like championship contenders and others they look like they barely belong in the playoffs (well, the Western Conference playoffs). How far can Houston go?

     

    MF - The Rockets have been more consistent since the All-Star break and even before that to an extent. The problem, besides all the nagging injuries, was all the turnover that Houston has had in the last 2-3 years. Chandler Parsons is most of the way through his third year in the league and is the Rockets most tenured player. The team is still learning how to play with each other in a system that runs very few plays and therefore relies more on chemistry.  Not to mention, adding a player like Dwight Howard would change the way most teams play, so his integration made things even more choppy earlier in the season.  

     
    But I don't think the Rockets have reached their ceiling yet to know where it even sits, so it makes projecting difficult. And the West will be such a meat-grinder this year that anything is possible. The Rockets are probably the league's highest-variance team, so while a first-round loss would be crushing, I wouldn't be surprised by that or even an appearance in the Finals.

     

    People like to compare Sam Hinkie and Daryl Morey, but in the "great minds think for themselves" spirit, did the two have any (known) philosophical differences during their time together in Houston.

     

    I think they had the same thoughts on how to use analytics and which type of players to target, but the major difference in what Houston did and what Philadelphia is now attempting to accomplish stems from ownership.  Rockets owner Les Alexander charged Morey with rebuilding on the fly and remaining competitive while seeking a superstar to build around.  And Morey responded with James Harden and Dwight Howard, despite never having a sub-.500 record since taking over.  So while other GM's like RC Buford and Sam Presti get much more credit, lucking out with the right pick in the right year pales in comparison to the degree of difficulty of the job Morey has done with this Rockets team. 

    Hinkie's strategy is a much easier if not safer course of action.  And after the Jrue Holiday-hijacking kick-started his plan, he had no choice but to bottom out.  But now that the die is cast, I wouldn't be shocked to see him apply some of Morey's principals.

     

    Is Dwight Howard everything you could have dreamed of and more?

     

    Dwight is everything I could have imagined, for better and worse.  From his dominance in the pick-and-roll, to his free throw inconsistencies; the relaxed, fun presence he brings to the locker room, to the over-the-top antics he insists upon anytime a camera is rolling; the superhuman defense, to the maddening blocks into the third row.  Everything has been as chronicled. 

    Don't get me wrong, his positives far outweigh the negatives and the fact that he can carry that perimeter defense to a top-ten defensive efficiency is hard to believe.  He's not quite the athletic-marvel he once was, but I'd venture to say he's still in the top-8 league-wide as a building block.

     
    If this were an NCAA tournament, what seeds would you assign to the two teams?
     
    I don't mean this as any kind of insult, but I think the 76ers are the worst team in the NBA.  How many players off that roster would play for a typical playoff team?  Three, maybe?  I admit, I haven't watched enough to what has been the problem with the Milwaukee Bucks this year, but they at least have legit NBA talent.  It's a coin flip, but I think the Sixers are the bottom-seed

    The Rockets seed right where their record has them, 6th overall.  They've beaten the Spurs all three times that they've played them, but haven't found a way to topple the Thunder or Clippers yet in three tries apiece.  And while they have the same record as the Heat, no way can you put them ahead of the Champs. 

    Heading into the season, I think 6th overall is about as high as most realistic-fans figured the team would be.  And if the West standings stay as they are now, Houston would avoid a second-round meeting with OKC and the Clippers.  The Spurs are hardly a reprieve from that fate, but at least the Rockets have film of themselves winning in that matchup.

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