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Rockets: 6 key differences between Rafael Stone and Daryl Morey

General Manager Rafael Stone of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
General Manager Rafael Stone of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
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General Manager Neil Olshey of the Portland Trail Blazers speaks with General Manager Rafael Stone of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)
General Manager Neil Olshey of the Portland Trail Blazers speaks with General Manager Rafael Stone of the Houston Rockets (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The biggest difference between the past and present Houston Rockets GMs

If I were to put out a guess on how Stone is going to operate moving forward after discussing Morey’s way vs. how Stone has done it so far, here is how I would put it: Stone has an entirely different vision as it pertains to rebuilding the roster.

Rather than trying to acquire veterans to try and compete while looking for a franchise cornerstone like Morey, Stone has been willing to explore the younger end of the market.

Stone is also ok with losing games to try and reap the benefits in the long run with player growth and accumulated assets (higher draft picks). That being said, if Stone ever gets the opportunity to become a contending team, I don’t have any doubt that he will have Morey-type aggressiveness and pull the trigger.

Right now Stone is trying to explore options and build an identity for the Houston Rockets on the court, and once that foundation is built, he will account more for other factors such as scheme fit and be more than willing to do whatever it takes to take the Houston Rockets to the next level (Morey-esque).

Again- this is all a prediction and speculative. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m 100% wrong and things turn out completely differently. However, one thing I do believe is that this process will take time. The young players need to grow and the Rockets need to improve while remaining flexible for now, and I guess all we can do is hope that the pieces fall in place.

This draft lottery will be a very important day in the Stone and Silas era. It will be a huge factor in determining how the Houston Rockets should continue to build moving forward. As Rocket fans, all we can hope for is that the ping-pong balls swing into our favor.

If the Houston Rockets don’t end up with a top-4 pick in this year’s draft, I’m going to start flipping tables.

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Don’t worry Rocket fans. This season will end soon. It’s long and painful. But try to stay within the course and stay optimistic – I’m hoping there’s bright days ahead.

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