somebody is still going to say "don't panic, we're still the best team not making the playoffs, ..... they're young give them one more year to develop the chemistry, ..... Mobley has developed some D wait 'till Yao Ming gain 20 lb of musle and we'd be 4th~6th seed in the West, ..... Rudy wasn't there for the last few games, we'd be OK when he's back, ..... we love the Rockets so don't change! .....blah, blah, ..... blah, .....
the 4th year I tring to tell these "fans" this team(with Mobley the starting shooting+ISO) is not going anywhere. not sure how long for them to realize this. though it's disappointed to see the Rockets had another season wasted, I'm glad they didn't make the playoffs(they won't win it anyway.) I hope it makes Les to re-evaluate his team and finally make some siganificant changes.
here's my wish list for this off-season:
1.) Mobley be traded. He's still selfish and stupid on the court, as always, move him would benefit Steve and Yao's game (actully everyone's game)
2.) Re-sign Posey and move him to the 2 spot. all the championship teams for the last decade have big defensive 2 guards: Kobe(Lakers), Mario(Rockets, Spurs), MJ(Bulls), Harper(Bulls, Lakers). also the Kings wasn't a serious contender untill they brough in Christie a few years ago.
3.) Bring in more Vet./leadership. Mark Jackson? Malone? Kukoc?
4.) Show some interest in Brand and at least make an offer to see what turns out.
5.) No more 3 guard line-up(Moochie+Steve+Mobley) give the back up shooting to Hawkins not Moochie/Steve.
firstable, we talk to Brand tell him how bad we want him to join this team. by joining this team he gets: 1.) close to Max contract with no income tax 2.)a chance at the title(Steve+Brand+Yao Ming=contender) 3.) an all-star point guard 4.) player's coach(Rudy most likely will return)
secondly, we talk to the Clippers for a sing-n-trade for Brand. Brand is not going back anyway so they might want get something in return: Eddie Griffin+Rice's expiring contract? or Griffin+Mobely+Moochie?(preferred)
we then trade Taylor for Tony Kukoc. Kukoc is getting old but he still got game- an excellent ball handler, passer, scorer, and most importantly with tons of experience. unlike Mobley, Kukoc play to help a team win not to help himself become an "all-star" the Bucks will like to add Taylor's inside game(offense).
and a last thing to do is find some backcourt leadership. an ideal pick is sign free agent Mark Jackson. I know he's old but all he needs to do is back Steve up for maybe 8 min. a game and mostly work off-court with Steve on his game.
if we follow these four steps we got a championship team like this:
Yao Ming, Cato
E. Brand, Morris/2nd Rd pick
T. Kukoc, Rice, Nacbar
J. Posey, Hawkins
c'mon Les, we've been waited long enough!