For those of you who have been wondering what Daryl Morey was thinking when he hired Mike D’Antoni or whether or not he really wants Dwight gone, the answers are here.
Daryl Morey has come under fire this past season for various reasons. He was criticized when Ty Lawson proved to be a flop and he has been been continuously questioned for assembling a Houston Rockets team with what some people say have no regard for chemistry.
Personally, I think Morey has done a great job and can’t be faulted for his team’s lackluster performance during the 2015-2016 season. He has always made moves that have ended up being fruitful, and even pulled off one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history back in 2012 by acquiring James Harden from the OKC Thunder. The Rockets having one bad year is not reason enough to question his methods, if you ask me.
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Many fans have been wondering exactly what’s been going on in Morey’s head this summer. With the Mike D’Antoni hire in the rear view and free agency looming, he sat down with Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports for a full hour to discuss what he’s scheming for the offseason.
"Morey discusses the hiring of Mike D’Antoni and the reason Jeff Van Gundy never received a formal interview for the coaching job, the future of the -James Harden partnership, and the Sam Hinkie era in Philadelphia. Morey discusses what promises to be a wild summer of free agency with the rising salary cap, and why he still believes the Rockets are a prime free-agent destination. Dwight Howard"
In other offseason news, there has been talk of the NBA changing the rules concerning the Hack-a-Shaq strategy. Charley Rosen of Today’s Fastbreak opined on several different routes the league could take to solve that issue as well as about the awkward Dwight Howard situation in Houston.
Upon being named the coach of the Houston Rockets, Mike D’Antoni said that he hopes Dwight Howard will re-sign with Houston. However, in the past, D’Antoni has publicly insisted that he wants nothing to do with big men who can’t shoot and who will only clog the middle of his free-wheeling, speed-ball offense.
D’Antoni can’t have it both ways, and I suspect his phony enthusiasm for retaining Howard is merely his politically correct attempt at blaming Howard if he chooses to leave.
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One of the few players on the Rockets’ roster that will almost assuredly be returning next season is Trevor Ariza. Space City Scoop’s Joshua Van Horn wrapped up the Year End Reviews with an assessment of Ariza’s play this year and a look forward to what he’s capable of in the future.
Aside from his performance during the Rockets 2016 postseason, Ariza has done everything the Rocket have asked of him– defend the other team’s best player and shoot the three at a solid percentage.
In a system in which a high value will be placed on three point shooting, I would imagine that the Rockets would be reluctant to trade Trevor Ariza.
Nothing is set in stone yet this offseason, and Daryl Morey has been known to pull great trades and signings out of nowhere. The next few weeks and months will be important to how the Rockets future looks, so hopefully the GM can work his magic to make things right again in Houston.
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