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Friday, June 24, 2011
Need a talent evaluator NBC?
"Daryl Morey is a basketball genius." Here in Houston we get told this on a daily basis. Of course when your in town comparisons are Ed Wade and Rick Smith, you can look like Stephen Hawking by simply being able to solve a Rubik's cube. I do think Morey is a good talent evaluator, and I definitely think the Rockets are Houston's best run sports franchise. However, because the NBA is now a league where the best players actively recruit each other to chase championships and trade gold digging groupies, it seems the Rockets may never be able to land the star they so desperately need. If the Rockets were a TV show, I would say they most resemble Saturday Night Live. Every "show" has some really good parts, none of the "players" are overly impressive on their own, and occasionally the whole performance produces a "win". SNL isn't the star powered juggernaut it used to be, and neither are the Rockets. Last night's draft brought in Marcus Morris, Jonny Flynn, Chandler Parsons, and requisite Euro talent Donatas Motiejunas. A Bill Hader, Bobby Moynihan, Andy Samberg, and Kristen Wiig type haul (For the record, the Euro dude is Kristen). I have nothing against these guys (except maybe the Euro) and obviously there was no Lebron James available, but really last night was another big YAWN. The Rockets have put together a solid team with a lot of very good NBA players on it, but we need an Eddie Murphy or John Belushi. I am not ready to call for Daryl Morey's head. Let's see what he can get done with all these pieces he has acquired. With the lockout looming he should have plenty of time to consult his IBM Supercomputer and turn some of these guys around for a big. After the draft I tweeted that the Rockets look a lot like most of my junior high teams I have coached; 5 point guards and 5 forwards, but I don't think they will start the season with the roster they have now. If this is the team Daryl is rolling the dice with then we can all get ready for another season of Seth Myers type mediocrity and the 14th pick. For the record, if we are comparing Houston teams to television shows, then Texans = The Killing (always promising but throw you off the cliff in end) and Astros = Keeping up with the Kardashians (train wreck throughout).