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No Dwight Howard or Pau Gasol. No big draft trade, no superstar, no hope. This was the reality for every Houston Rocket fan. Local radio shows laughed at the Omer Asik signing, not knowing of his defensive dominance. Linsanity was to make money and be bad enough to get a top 3 draft pick in next year’s draft. Trading for James Harden gave people hope, but just enough to know that the Rockets would be fighting for the 8th seed or end up with the 15th pick in a weak draft. Not exactly what Houston fans wanted to hear.
But like winning cures all, football makes you forget all.
But with the college football season over and the NFL down to eight teams, it is time to start focusing on what the Rockets have been doing: scoring points and winning games. Going 11-3 in their last fourteen games, being second in scoring, and getting better each game, the Houston Rockets are a team on the rise. Sounds great right? Not really Until the Rockets get another piece, they will be an average team that scores a lot of points, allows a lot of points and is eliminated in the second round of the playoffs for the next seven years.
Don’t get me wrong, they have nice players in Chandler Parsons and Patterson but these are role players. Parsons should be coming off the bench for a burst of energy, like the Bulls use Taj Gibson. Patterson is a younger version of Udonis Haslem. These are not starters on a championship team. Fans can lie to themselves; they have to in order to pay big money to attend a game. It is up to the organization to be realistic and go get another superstar.
Sounds easy right? Get another superstar! Forget about getting Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, it is just not happening. I say go get DeMarcus Cousins like their future depended on it. Cousins would love Houston, as a city with warm weather, fun nightlife, and beautiful women. The home crowd would adopt him as their own, just like they loved Ron Artest. Pairing him with Asik would give the Rockets a dominant backcourt and give Cousins a steady mature veteran to follow and mature with. McHale would have a talented big post player to develop. Lin and Harden can continue to not play defense knowing they have two big men behind them. So there it is Rocket fans, you could go from no hope to having a legitimate title contender in less than a year. Question is, can Morey crunch the numbers and go get him? History says he can’t, so expect to be swept in the first round of the playoffs for the next three years.
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The bad news continues to pile up for the Lakers, as now both Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol will miss time with injuries.
Dwight Howard underwent a MRI on Monday and the Lakers have announced that he is being shutdown.
Howard discussed the then upcoming procedure after Sunday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets.
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Torn labrum for Dwight Howard
The Los Angeles Lakers organization reported that center Dwight Howard has suffered a torn labrum and is out indefinitely.
The injury came in Sunday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.
To add insult to injury, literally, Pau Gasol was diagnosed with a concussion after being hit in the face in the same game.
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Los Angeles Lakers star center Dwight Howard is having an MRI on his right shoulder Monday morning, ESPN Los Angeles reported. Howard aggravated a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder during Sunday's loss to the Denver Nuggets. Despite the injury, Howard played 41 minutes and had a career-best 26 rebounds and scored 14 points with four blocks. "I would like...
First Dwight Howard goes down and now Pau as well. Going to be tough road ahead for the Lakers.
Pau Gasol (concussion) will miss 2 games & see how he feels. Hill inconclusive, further tests on his hip coming. Howard out minimum 1 week.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 7, 2013
And the Los Angeles Lakers are even more behind the 8-ball. According to ESPN, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol will miss time with injuries. Howard has a torn labrum while Gasol is out with a concussion. “It shouldn’t keep me out for awhile, but to make sure that I’m cautious, to make sure that I’m [...]
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