As we all know the football season is about to start and the whole country is on the edge of their seats anticipating Wednesday night’s season opener. Meanwhile, basketball has basically become obsolete. Hoop wise, there’s not much going on right now.
Less than a month from now NBA players will report back to the gym and training camp will be under way. For many of the Houston Rockets players, this will be their first full training camp. Rookies like Donatas Motiejunas, Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Jones and Royce White will be experiencing a training camp for the first time. Hopefully, the veterans give them some rookie hazing because, well, every rookie deserves it.
The lockout cut into training camp last season which impacted Houston greatly. Guys like Chandler Parsons and Marcus Morris only had about two weeks of training camp. It didn’t seem to affect Parsons much, but Morris suffered tremendously from the lack of just practicing. They were also in the middle of a blockbuster trade that eventually got vetoed. Thanks to that “trade,” Houston entered training camp with nine players. Not even enough to scrimmage.
Houston will enter this year’s training camp with enough players t0 have two scrimmages going on. To the team’s credit, players like Josh Harrelson and Sean Williams were released last month. But Houston isn’t finished trimming the roster just yet.
Four of the five starters for Houston will be entering the season as a full-time starter for the first time. Jeremy Lin, Patrick Patterson, Omer Asik and Parsons have never entered a season knowing they’re the starters. And that’s not to say they won’t be, but it seems to be clear who the starters are at this point.
With Houston in a three year playoff drought, Rockets fans are thirsty for playoff action in their city. The biggest question entering this season will be if the Rockets can overcome their youth and burst into the playoff scene.
So while you’re getting ready for some football, make sure you keep your basketball shoes close because the 2012-2013 season is just over the horizon.