TAG: Daryl Morey

NBA / Feb 28, 2014 / 12:30 pm

How The New CBA Destroyed The NBA Trade Deadline

Andre Miller

Andre Miller (Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

In the weeks leading up to the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline, reports were out that NBA insiders expected this to be one of the busiest trade deadlines in recent memory, or more specifically, since the 2011 lockout and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that commenced.

As quickly as those reports leaked, they were contracted. And if last Thursday left your trade deadline fix unresolved and unfulfilled yet again, then you can look no further and blame that aforementioned 2011 lockout and more specifically, the new CBA. Read More »

NBA / Feb 27, 2014 / 4:45 pm

The Top 5 Candidates For NBA Executive of the Year

Bob Myers

Bob Myers (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)

While the players receive all of the attention on the court, it is the general managers who construct the teams off the court, in hopes of leading their organizations to great success. Without these executives, it is difficult to fathom how professional franchises would properly function.

At the end of each season, the NBA gives out the Executive of the Year award, which is voted on by executives of the league’s 30 teams. The season is now closer to completion than it is to its start, and the race this year is certainly tight. Read More »

All-Star, Latest News / Feb 14, 2014 / 11:30 am

Report: James Harden Will Replace Kobe Bryant As All-Star Game Starter

Kobe Bryant, James Harden

Kobe Bryant, James Harden (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Rockets GM Daryl Morey vented about it on Twitter when the All-Star starters were announced, and it appears that a Rocket will be a starter in the 2014 All-Star Game after all. Sources tell Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports that James Harden will take Kobe Bryant‘s spot as a starting guard for the Western Conference in the 2014 All-Star Game this Sunday. Read More »

All-Star, NBA, Smack, Twitter / Jan 24, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Rockets GM Makes Twitter All-Star Complaints & Forgets About Jeremy Lin

James Harden, Dwight Howard

James Harden, Dwight Howard (Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports)

After last night’s announcement of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game starters, there were obviously some disappointed players. But Rockets general manager, Daryl Morey, was perhaps the only executive to voice his displeasure about the fan-voted results on Twitter. He felt his guys Dwight Howard and James Harden, should have gotten picked, but failed to realize one of his other players got more votes. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Dec 19, 2013 / 2:15 pm

Report: Houston Rockets Back Away From Omer Asik Trade Talks

(Andrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports)

(Andrew Richardson/USA TODAY Sports)

It seems the Rockets’ self-imposed deadline today to trade resentful center Omer Asik will come and go and Asik will continue to back-up Dwight Howard in Houston — much to his chagrin. After a bevy of trade rumors had our heads spinning on Twitter yesterday, the Rockets apparently can’t find what they’re looking for in exchange for the Turkish center. Read More »

NBA / Dec 18, 2013 / 5:00 pm

Sifting Through The Rubble Of Trade Rumors For Omer Asik

(Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

(Russell Isabella/USA TODAY Sports)

Since word filtered out a couple weeks ago the Rockets were planning to move disgruntled center Omer Asik before a self-imposed deadline that ends tomorrow, December 19, all manner of rumors have leaked about the Celtics, the Sixers, the Hawks, Cavs, Bobcats, Bucks and probably a partridge and a pear tree. All are interested in the offensive quagmire who plays excellent defense, so let’s try and figure out where Asik stands today, and what we’re likely to see heading into tomorrow’s self-imposed “deadline” for his services. Read More »

NBA / Nov 12, 2013 / 2:00 pm

5 Reasons Why The Rockets Aren’t NBA Finals Contenders

James Harden, Dwight Howard

James Harden, Dwight Howard (photo. @jharden13)

After watching Steve Blake nail a three-pointer last week to defeat the Houston Rockets, a question popped into my mind: are the Rockets an NBA Finals team? Ever since the acquisition of Dwight Howard this offseason to go alongside James Harden, the Rockets have climbed to the top of the NBA Finals discussion. But I just watched this same team lose to the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers, how could they be a Finals contender? I’m here to tell you that even with the acquisition of the best center in the league, the Rockets are not an NBA Finals-bound team. Read More »

NBA / Oct 21, 2013 / 12:15 pm

The Disgruntled Journey Of Omer Asik Takes Another Turn Tonight

omer asik

Omer Asik is that hardworking co-worker who never gets a project of their own. No matter how well he plays, or how hard he works, he’s always being replaced by someone better, or just more talented. Now, with Kevin McHale inserting Asik into the lineup with Dwight Howard tonight against Dallas, it’s worth pondering how Asik again finds himself on the outside looking in. Read More »

NBA / Sep 18, 2013 / 1:30 pm

Hakeem Olajuwon Working With Jeremy Lin On His Post Game

Jeremy Lin

We know Hakeem Olajuwon has become the Pai Mei of low-post mentorship. He helped LeBron James develop a low-post presence before he became an NBA champion, he’s helping Dwight Howard in Houston and he’d like a crack at helping Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin, too. But now he’s set his teaching sites on…Jeremy Lin? Read More »

NBA / May 23, 2013 / 4:30 pm

How To Fix Houston: Pair James Harden With A New Big Man (Hint: It’s Not Dwight Howard)

James Harden

James Harden (photo. @jharden13)

With only four teams remaining in the NBA Playoffs, it means a few “contenders” have already been eliminated from title contention. The offseason is the time for these teams to retool to prepare for deeper runs next season. The Houston Rockets were one of the surprise teams of the 2012-13 NBA season. After pulling off a blockbuster trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder to acquire James Harden they landed a true superstar — something they haven’t seen since Yao Ming was on the roster. Read More »