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Rockets # 5 on 10 things: Stories that will shape the season

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by Tfor3, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. Tfor3

    Tfor3 Member

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    Three things: sorry if this is a repost, but I did not see it.
    Second, who is Dale Morey?
    Third: I am starting this thread just to share an article blurb about the Rockets.

    Item 5: Rick Adelman is the new coach of the Houston Rockets, which is a plus since they've added Steve Francis, Mike James and impressive rookie Aaron Brooks to the backcourt and talented Argentinean forward Luis Scola to the frontcourt.

    What this really means: Not only does the addition of Adelman open up the offense and loosen up a team that was obviously too tight playing for Jeff Van Gundy, but it's guaranteed to add Bonzi Wells to the mix —an explosive swingman who was so at odds with Van Gundy that he left the team late in the year. Neither Yao Ming nor Tracy McGrady have ever gotten out of the first round of the playoffs, and health-permitting, this season looks like a lock. Scola was a steal, and will give them much needed productivity at the power forward position with all the focus on Yao.

    New coach Rick Adelman will have reason to complain if the loaded Rockets don't make a deep playoff run. ( / Associated Press)

    But the real question is at point guard. It's hard to fathom what they're doing there, even if it translates into Francis playing shooting guard frequently and McGrady bumping up to small forward. Not only is there Francis, but incumbent head case Rafer Alston, Luther Head, James and the very impressive Brooks. Do they let Brooks just sit for a year? Granted he has a lot to learn, but he is not only explosive with the ball, but a nightmare because of his tenacious ball presence. It wouldn't hurt rookie GM Dale Morey at all to look at moving any one of those point guards —even for a future No. 1 and an expiring contract— as both Cleveland and now Sacramento are in dire need of backcourt help. Suddenly, they've got the goods and the right coach to make it fly. At this point, the only team that can stop the Rockets from taking another step forward will be the Rockets.

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