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[ClutchFans] Harden's Debut Means Party Just Getting Started in Houston
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Things are a changin' in Houston, TX. Wish I could witness it live on my television every night they play.
 
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Did I mention there’s a maximum contract slot soon to be available? I strongly suspect the stigma that has plagued the Rockets the past few years is ancient history and young, up-and-coming players could now eye Houston as a top NBA location for the coming years.
You think this slot is available for an elite forward?

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as a longtime fan as well, i have to admit i have not been so excited about the rockets in several years. and even as just a fan of basketball in general, harden is an exciting and intriguing prospect. his skill level, bball IQ, and overflowing confidence are scary. to my eyes it almost looks like when tmac left vince. with his playmaking ability, harden really could eventually end up being better than durant.

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nice article, and i agree about the excitement. also think the chemistry between Lin, Parsons, and Harden will (continue to) be something to watch.

still wondering about the decision to waive Livingston, when it's so obvious the team needs someone in that role, and he seemed like a good fit.

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Morey's approach should be what the NBA is about, winning and smart management. Not mindless tanking and perpetual lottery.

If the NBA were to ever change their lottery system to discourage tanking, Morey would be way ahead of everyone else.

I really do hope Moreyball works out (it's incomplete at the moment), would really set a new benchmark to good management.
 
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Last night made me forget all about that Toronto pick.

Wow.

Good job as always, Clutch.

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I like how you tied in the previous teams and their reasons for not keeping the players we have. There will be a lot of finger pointing around the league if we struck gold with this group.
 
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nice article, and i agree about the excitement. also think the chemistry between Lin, Parsons, and Harden will (continue to) be something to watch.

still wondering about the decision to waive Livingston, when it's so obvious the team needs someone in that role, and he seemed like a good fit.
We can definitely use another veteran ball-handler, but I assume it had something to do with clearing cap space and adding "roster flexibility". I'm sure Carl Herrera or BimaThug can provide a more detailed explanation.
 
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We can definitely use another veteran ball-handler, but I assume it had something to do with clearing cap space and adding "roster flexibility". I'm sure Carl Herrera or BimaThug can provide a more detailed explanation.
2.5 Mil in additional cap space this year. Waiving Douglas instead would have cost the Rockets much more in cap space. It might cost the Rockets a win or two this year if Douglas cant give Lin a 15 minute break every night, but that extra cap space could be the breaking point in aquiring another key piece in a deadline deal. Those 2 or 3 additional losses they might accrue by having a lesser PG this season could end up being a great tradeoff if the Rockets are able to make another major splash at the deadline.
 
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I was on the tanking bandwagon, but that was so they could get a high draft pick and draft a potential superstar. They were able to bypass that step and avoid a 20-30 win season thanks to the Harden acquisition. Granted, they did give up some draft picks, so they're left with fewer tradeable assets, but now they have a budding superstar to build around.

Now they can make a run at the playoffs and try to add to the team through additional trades and free agent signings. I don't know who'll be available at the trade deadline or in the upcoming offseason, but who ever expected James Harden to fall into our laps?
 
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Morey's approach should be what the NBA is about, winning and smart management. Not mindless tanking and perpetual lottery.

If the NBA were to ever change their lottery system to discourage tanking, Morey would be way ahead of everyone else.

I really do hope Moreyball works out (it's incomplete at the moment), would really set a new benchmark to good management.

The NBA has done its best to discourage tanking compared to other sports where worst team gets the #1 pick

I would probably go further and decrease the odds of the worst team and giving better odds (but not nearly as good of course) to the better non playoff teams and making the entire order be done by lottery instead of the first 3 picks.

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