Feb 4, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) goes up for a shot while defended by Sacramento Kings power forward Thomas Robinson (0) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won in overtime 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
When a pro athlete plays well, the results are usually experienced right away. There is little doubt when said athlete is doing a great job. However, the job performance of a general manager is not so immediately apparent. After shedding Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas, and Cole Aldrich in return for Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia, and Tyler Honeycutt last night, along with a statement win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, I have officially become Daryl Morey‘s biggest fan.
Robinson, last year’s number 5 overall draft pick, wears elbow pads and has all of those tattoos for a reason. He is going to break some skulls fighting for rebounds, and stuffing the rock in the hole. He is not going to camp out on the three point line waiting for a shot. Patterson will thankfully take his three pointers to the Sacramento Kings. Garcia is a bona fide three point shooter. So we trade a big man with an identity crisis for a real bruiser and a sharp-shooter.
Greg Smith, Terrence Jones, and Donatas Motiejunas will deservedly get more playing time. There will even be more room for a Royce White appearance now that Patterson and Marcus Morris are gone (Morris to the Phoenix Suns). Hopefully Smith will solidify a rotation with Omer Asik at the 5 spot, and the Rockets will have 4 exciting young power forwards to fight for playing time.
The Houston Rockets are in a position of strength with the nucleus they have formed and shouldn’t feel the need to make any further deals while this young team continues to develop. Furthermore, when the time comes, they will have the money to make any move they might need. Being in this position is no accident. It is due to Les Alexander and Daryl Morey being intelligent, aggressive, and not afraid to take chances. Alexander was a genius for hiring Morey in the first place. Morey is proving that decision was just what the Rockets needed to bring back the glory days.
It is interesting that the majority of the discussions today on local Houston sports talk radio have centered around fans not being able to watch the Rockets on TV. Yes, they have covered the trade, but not nearly as much as the broadcast issue. Actions speak louder than words, and to me this clearly indicates just how excited the fan base is now about the 2012-13 Houston Rockets.
Most fans will likely continue to laud the athletes involved and buy their jerseys. I, on the other hand, am seriously considering buying a throwback Rockets jersey and putting ‘Morey’ on the back of it.