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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Now, THAT'S a Draft!

After listening to the usual talk radio screaming in the wake of last night's NBA Draft, I have realized that Scott and I must be the only guys who absolutely LOVE what the Rockets did last night. Here's the final tally:

Rockets Acquire
F Shane Battier (10.1 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 48.8% FGP, 39.4% 3FGP last season)

Grizzlies Acquire
F Rudy Gay (taken 8th overall by the Rockets)
F Stromile Swift (regrettably signed as a free agent last summer)

Battier instantly makes the Rockets markedly better. He is a top-notch defender and a great third offensive option. Most importantly, he's shown that he's capable of hitting the three. The bottom line is that Dawson, Van Gundy & Co. realize that they have a window of another two to four years to make a title run with T-Mac and Yao. Winning immediately, not waiting for a rookie to develop, is the key. Battier gives the Rockets the best chance to do that.

For all the fans lamenting the loss of Rudy Gay, I ask that you take some time to watch his play at UConn last season. The guy is a complete and total dog. Amazing talent to be sure, but he has zero heart, hustle, and/or grit. I would rather gouge my eyes out than deal with him on my team for the next ten years. As I said in my comment to Scott's mock draft yesterday, I'll eat my hat if Gay turns out to be anything but an enormous bust.

For all the fans lamenting the loss of Stromile Swift, I ask that you substitute his name in place of Rudy Gay's in the previous paragraph.

It's a banner day, Rockets Nation. We subtracted two dogs and added a gamer. Get excited about the 2006-2007 NBA season; the Rockets just got a whole lot better.


Blogger Scott said...

I could not agree more, though the thought of gouging my eye out with a gauge, be it of the 'rain' or the 'tire' variety, is not something about which I prefer to think.

I wish Isiah Thomas or Pat Williams was the GM of the Grizz. I'm nervous because the Rockets seem to have gotten over on The Logo. Is that possible?

If your analysis of basketball stems from your marathon sessions of "NBA Street 2K7", then you hate this trade for the Rockets. And by the way, you're a moron. If your analysis of basketball comes from watching as many games as your life allows and reading as much about hoops as the 'net and the print media can provide, then you love this trade.

Thu Jun 29, 11:36:00 AM  
Blogger Ted Bosquez said...

Too bad the Rockets are in the Western Conference because with the Spurs, Mavericks, and the Suns, the Rockets could put six-men on the court and still lose.

I guess it's kind of like being France (without Bonaparte being brought in as a ringer) - crushed on the sea by Britain - decimated on the land by Germany - stuck on a continent with bigger, badder kids who stand in their way and prevent them from being noticed - except, I guess in many ways France had more fight in them than the Rockets - that's a sad thought.

Thu Jun 29, 11:56:00 AM  
Blogger Ted Bosquez said...

...that being said, I think the Rockets will be a stronger team next year with this move.

Substance over flash - I like it and Battier is supposed to be a quality guy (despite his collegiate affiliation).

Thu Jun 29, 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Ted, you're *this* close to being removed as a contributor to H-Town Sports. Keep your love of the Spurs, Cokeboys, and Cubs to yourself. Compare the Rockets to France again and I'll end you.

Thu Jun 29, 12:52:00 PM  

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