The Houston Rockets made some moves yesterday, and one will surely raise some eyebrows across Clutch City.
Good news Houston Rockets fans! There is still hope to make the playoffs. The Rockets played one of their most nail-biting games of the season, Wednesday, in a 100-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. With the win, the Rockets have created a little breathing room between them and the ninth-seeded Utah Jazz.
As they look ahead to make a run at the postseason, Houston made a few tweaks to their roster that could help the inconsistency of their bench. Since the release of Ty Lawson and Marcus Thornton, it nice to see Darly Morey is not afraid to take a chance on anyone.
Houston Rockets news and notes from around the web
It’s no secret the Rockets have faced a lot of problems this season. However, it seems like the only way for fans to cope is to place the blame on someone in the organization. Everyone has their own theory of how the Rockets became such a bad team so quickly.
Darly Morey has been criticized for his Lawson trade, who was waived on Tuesday. Space City Scoop staff writer J.A. Medders believes that their bench is the primary reasons for their poor performances. (Which I do agree with him.) As well as the countless articles criticizing Houston’s All-Star duo of James Harden and Dwight Howard. No matter how great their performances were in the loss, Harden and Howard gets most, if not all the blame for the Rockets’ struggles.
However, the best article to read for a breakdown of the Rockets struggles comes from House of Houston staff writer James D’Elia, who gave four great example of why everyone in the organization is at fault.
My lack of optimism for this team comes from a complete lack of faith in the coaching staff. This may not be completely true but it sounds dramatic, right? I think JB is an outstanding guy and he has the skills to become a very talented and well like coach in the future, so don’t take it personally when I say he is not the right man for the job.
D’Elia did a great job breaking down his reasons of how the Rockets became a bad team. From the lack of depth on the bench, to the front office that has left the team out to dry. However, D’Elia does make a great point, Perhaps the Rockets biggest fault this season is the lack of a strong coach.
Like he said, JB Bickerstaff is an outstanding guy, who may one day turn into a great coach in this league. However, he is not the right coach for the Rockets. Houston needs a strong-minded coach, and after the firing of Kevin McHale, Morey should have hired Tom Thibodeau. Hopefully, the Rockets will have a chance to sign Thibodeau this summer before he heads to the Big Apple.
Speaking of the Rockets’ front office. If Houston is looking for someone to help them make a playoff push, Michael Beasley is not the right guy. Houston Chronicle‘s Johnathan Feigen confirmed that Beasley and the Rockets have agreed to a deal for the rest of the season.
"The Rockets moved Tuesday to import reinforcements. With roster spots to fill and a need for help, the Rockets reached deals to bring in a pair of stars in the China Basketball Association, forward Michael Beasley and guard Andrew Goudelock, two individuals with knowledge of the deals said on the condition of anonymity because the deals have not been announced."
There have never been any questions about Beasley’s talent. No one becomes a Big 12 Player of the Year winner playing like a bum. However, Beasley has been known as a team chemistry killer, and that is the last thing the Rockets need to add on their team.
Not a huge fan of Beasley’s signing but the Rockets pick up of Andrew Goudelock is a great move. For those who are not familiar with his game, Space City Scoop J.A. Medders gave a great review on what to expect from the former MVP of the Chinese Basketball Association.
"Goudelock is a stellar shooter from beyond the arc, something the Houston Rockets love and need. During his stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Byrant named him, “Mini Mamba.” The addition of Goudelock should provide a nice dash of instant and consistent offense and sharp shooting, the kind Thornton was suppose to bring. Welcome to Red Nation, Goudelock. Now, bring us some good luck."
His nickname “Mimi Mamba” is taking it a little far, but Goudelock will be a solid player off the bench. Perhaps, he will be the role player Marcus Thornton failed to become.
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