Thanks to Mr. Morey, the Houston Rockets are in a prime position for the future.
No, no, I’m not talking about landing Kevin Durant. The Rockets have young talent they can build around James Harden. Hope is not lost. The needle in the haystack of this season is shining off the bench. Our young guys are exciting.
The recent game against the 76ers became the K.J. McDaniels show. We know the dude can fly. K.J. showed heart, hustle, and great defense. Exactly what the Rockets need.
Montrezl Harrell has replaced Josh Smith in the rotation. Smoove has been struggling on both ends of the court, with his shot and the spark-plug effect he usually brings.
Harrell provides the energy and effort, crashing the offensive and defensive boards, aggressive defense, and he’s not going to jack up a bunch of threes simply because he is open.
Michael Beasley will get more playing time ahead of Harrell because of the offense he brings. Coach Bickerstaff has decided on the power forward rotation.
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Clint Capela is going to be a great center in this league. In time, I don’t worry about him filling Dwight Howard’s shoes when Howard hightails it for some other city. Clint is a better finisher around the rim—his touch is a bazillion times softer than Howard’s. Clint’s defensive awareness is rising. He’s landed important blocks at important times.
The NBA has swerved away from centers that demand moves in the post. The game has changed. Teams are faster, spread the floor, and move the ball. Capela fits that prototype more than Dwight. If Clint can’t develop a mid-range shot, he’ll be invaluable.
As the Rockets’ staff continues to develop McDaniels, Harrell, Capela, and D-Mo, we’ve got ourselves a nice crew of players to put around Harden. They all play hard, are fun to watch, and aren’t wet paper bags on defense. That’s something everyone in Red Nation can get behind. Why? Because that’s exciting basketball.
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