Five things I'm thinking about this weekend while teaching myself to spell "Motiejunas."
1. Something that seems true (and totally is): You did not want Kyle Lowry on the Rockets anyway.
Usually a good player. Sometimes a great player. Often a malcontent. (Always beefy).
You cannot win if your point guard is a malcontent. It just won't work. It's like trying to eat with a cloth fork.
If your point guard and your head coach are not of like mind -- and Lowry and Kevin McHale were not -- you cannot win anything big. That's just a basketball rule. And don't tell me about Allen Iverson; he was not a point guard.
Something tells me Lowry's going to find something he doesn't like about playing in Toronto, too.
2. A thing that doesn't seem true (but totally is): Daryl Morey is going to be the Rockets general manager for at least three more years.
His job is not on the line and he knows it. Because if it was, he wouldn't be trading all the best players. Morey is trying his darnedest to trade for a superstar but appears comfortable with the consequence of failing to do so, which is stinking to high heaven in 2012-13.
Let's say the Rockets finish the upcoming season without having made any major deals, and let's say they end up with the No. 6 pick in the 2013 draft. Well, if you go by DraftExpress.com (and you might as well), eight of the top 10 prospects likely to be in the 2013 draft are going to be 20 years old or younger next year.
So you draft one of them, the team still stinks during his rookie year and you fire the GM? Of course not.
Morey has at least three more years to make this work.
3. Something that is neither true nor untrue (but is fun to talk about): The Rockets don't need to worry about having a point guard (or any other specific position) because they have Royce White, Chandler Parsons and Marcus Morris.
I am being 74 percent serious about this.
I am about to make a comparison that will make you angry if you take it too directly. Ready? OK. Remember how the Chicago Bulls used to operate with Scottie Pippen? The Rockets could do something like that with White.
This is not to say White is the second coming of Pippen, but have you seen this guy play? He can handle the ball, he's an outstanding passer and he's really difficult to guard off the dribble because he's (1) good at dribbling and (2) 260 pounds.
I'm not saying you make White a point guard, but I am saying you could basically toss out the traditional basketball positions and play with one really quick guard-like guy on the perimeter, plus White, Parsons, Morris and Luis Scola.
We already know what Parsons is capable of in the NBA. He's basically a 6-9 shooting guard who also happens to be an excellent rebounder and defender. We have not seen much of Morris at the NBA level, but he's a terrific scorer, especially from the mid-range, especially when guarded by power forwards, and he has great vision and passing ability. White has similar characteristics, but he is probably even more comfortable on the perimeter, even though he's got 25 pounds on Morris.
And then you've got Scola.
Now, that could easily be the worst defensive lineup in the NBA. But if those guys got comfortable with each other they would be a matchup nightmare on offense. Plus, in a season that looks like it's not going to be headed anywhere in particular anyway, you would get a chance to find out a lot about your younger players and be the kind of team every other team in the NBA gets really annoyed they have to play.
4. Something that recently happened: I was taken aback by a sandwich experience.
Those who know my work know that I am a sandwich enthusiast, so it was with much enthusiasm that I discovered a place in Midtown called Les Givrals, which believe it or not serves Vietnamese food.
Not only does a place with a French-sounding name serve Vietnamese food, it serves delicious banh mi sandwiches (I had the thit nuong, which is pork). And not only does a place with a French-sounding name serve delicious banh mi sandwiches, it charges less than 3 for them. There is other stuff on the menu, though I can't imagine why. Les Givrals is confusing in the best way possible.
They could charge twice what they do for the sandwiches, but let's not tell them.
5. Something that is about to happen: The Texas A&M football program is going to unveil new adidas uniforms on July 12. And that sounds great. I'm sure the uniforms will look good. I'd just suggest the Aggies avoid making any kind of video about them.