Basketball Purgatory (Houston Rockets)

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As the Rockets continue their playoff push just coming off another gritty win against Atlanta one cant’ help but root for these guys. This is a very tenacious scrappy team with tremendous heart starting with Luis Scola and Chuck Hayes. Although many Rockets fans would love to see this team in the playoffs, their likely faith would be one and done. Currently the Spurs are the number one seed with the Lakers lurking behind trying to steal the top spot. If the Rockets were to play either team they would be a huge underdog. Yes, I have heard many times from sports fans that it is better to be in the playoffs than not.

I would like to truly examine the belief that going to the playoffs is better than staying at home eating popcorn. It would be hard for me to disagree with the statement that you have to be in it to win it. But sometimes not making the playoffs and getting the number one pick is not so bad, just ask San Antonio they won four championships after selecting Tim Duncan. The Rockets are currently on the cusp of the playoff eight spot in the western conference. Their damned if they do and damned if they don’t. The odds are stacked against Houston to receive the number one pick in the draft if they do not make the playoffs and even if they did I don’t think this draft is very strong any way. Making the playoffs or not does not really matter because it will take a lot to make this team a contender.

If a team is a number four seed in the playoffs one may draw a reasonable conclusion that they just need a few pieces to become a championship contender and get over the hump. This would be good if I could honestly say that about the Rockets but unfortunately I cannot. Despite the efforts of Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Kyle Lowery to name a few, Houston does not have a go to guy which is necessary for a championship team as well as a big man in the middle. There are just too many holes to be filled to make this good team a great team. Houston is simply in Basketball Purgatory, barely good enough to make the playoffs but not bad enough to yield a number one draft pick to select a future franchise player. Face it Yao Ming’s days of being your franchise player is over, the injuries have simply marginalized his career. This team is stuck and it will take a lot to get them out of the mud (Basketball Purgatory).

The only way Houston will acquire another franchise player is either through the draft or via trade. Trust me when I say that I love the City of Houston just as much as the next man but we will not land any big free agents. For whatever reason this city does not entice your big time free agents so just forget about it. The only way this team will become a contender again is through drafting and developing their young talent. Oh by the way, please Mr. Morey stop drafting young players and slightly developing them before trading them off like Carl Landry and Aaron Brooks. What good is a draft pick anyway if you only going to trade that player away before they reach their real potential? Like many of the fans here in Houston I would love for the Rockets hang another championship banner soon, but you might have to call me Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder because I don’t see it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. Daniel Sanders, 6 years ago Reply

    This was a great article. You made some good points. My personal opinion on this subject is pretty frank. My favorite team being the Los Angles Lakers fortunely doesn’t have this issue this season and hasn’t for quite awhile. However I can say once Kobe decides to hang up the nikes and the Lakers begin their rebuilding stage, if they are in the race to make an 8th seed spot in the playoffs or grab a good player out the draft. I would take the draft pick. Also for now at least for the next 3 to 5 years you will need at least 2 “Super Stars” on the team to even begin to contend with the top teams of the league. On the flip side let’s not forget you can never count out hard work working, blue collard type players with heart. The 04 NBA champs the Detroit Pistons did defeat a well stacked Lakers team (Shaquille, Kobe, Gary Payton, Karl Malone) although Payton and Malone was no longer in their prime the team did include Kobe and Shaquille and great role players. There is always hope.

  2. Seville, 6 years ago Reply

    Great article!! I’m not a Houston fan, but defenitely made good points. Especially the great young players they traded away and not much in return. I do believe they will be able to get a player via trade of Kmart and maybe someone else in a package deal. They did land tmac a star prior to him descendn with injuries. I think they are a curse team for some reason. Next year they will defintely be a 5-7 seed in playoffs. Too much talent and grinders. Watchout for Tahbeet too.

  3. Roslyn, 6 years ago Reply

    This is a very good article and right on point. You may have to contact Mr. Morey personally and give him some advice.

  4. TExas2Step, 6 years ago Reply

    The Rockets are that team that is always hanging around but never really do anything. Not since the Olajuwan days have they been anything more than a team that gets you excited and lets you down.

  5. Angie in Atlanta, 6 years ago Reply

    I agree with the other commentors. Great article, and very detailed. Keep up the good work!

  6. Don, 6 years ago Reply

    Rockets need Yao back. A healthy Yao!


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