Sunday, July 8, 2012

Daryl Morey clarifies direction of Rockets

With most of the NBA world confused by the direction the Rockets have taken over the past few weeks, our good friend Jonathan Feigen, from the Houston Chronicle, got the chance to ask Daryl Morey, General Manager of the Rockets, what his focus and plans were during this transition. 

Morey explains the moves and the ways that teams can improve to ultimately reach the pinnacle of basketball.  Staying at mediocrity is not the intentions of the Rockets, who have continued to hover around the 7th and 10th seeds the past few years since the post - Yao Ming era.

“We have four ways to get a foundational, franchise player,” general manager Daryl Morey said. “One is through our players on our roster who have that ability to reach that level reaching it. One is trade. One is free agency. And one is through the draft. “We think every roster spot and rotation spot is precious and every one of them, or nearly every one of them, needs to either have a chance to develop into a star or leave us flexible to acquire a star with cap room or through other means.”

Before hearing his logic behind the transactions, I was against the plan.  I felt as though the Rockets lost out on three solid point guards (Lowry, Lin and Dragic).  The logic behind the moves of trading Lowry, not matching Dragic and offering Lin a ton of money seemed to counter act each other leaving the media clueless on the Rockets intentions.

 “While we had Yao Ming, every transaction was how do we make the team better around Yao Ming because we thought with him we had a legitimate shot of being a contender,” Morey said. “Every transaction since we knew Yao Ming was no longer going to play for us, which was more recent than people talk about, has been focused on how does this move us closer to getting a star player.”
Whether or not you buy into the personal on the roster ability to become a star, you can't discredit the logic that Morey and the Rockets are taking.  It is clear to most that they long for a star and are positioning themselves to make a trade or to sign one when they become available.  We know they have been keeping a close eye on the Dwightmare situation but will that be enough to get over the hump?

“When you’re close and have a foundational piece, you should be willing to give up picks and overpay players, whatever it takes while you have that precious foundation to get better,” Morey said. “When you don’t have a foundational piece to build around, you should do every move in reverse, which is how does each move get us closer to getting a star, how does it get us more cap room, how does it get us more high picks and how does it get us more players with potential.”
At least, now we have an understanding of the direction the Rockets are taking.


Anonymous said...

He said nothing my 4 year old didn't already know. What foundational player are they now after? Does he still think they can get Howard? And if not what then. lottery?

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with what Moreys saying. He's trading away guys who he doesn't think can be franchise guys (I really don't think Lowry or Dragic can be either), while creating cap room. If they do nail Lin, I can see him and Lamb with that franchise potential he's talking about. If they don't deliver it will result in high draft picks so they can select a possible franchise guy. You never get to that championship level unless you have a franchise player and that's why GM's these days emphasize getting one instead of going the Indiana Pacers or Memphis Grizzlies route.

Like Sam Mitchell said "In this league, you should either suck really bad or be really good. Nobody builds to make the playoffs, you build to win championships."

Anonymous said...

The idea that there is no "middle ground" and that Houston must therefore be prepared to deal, cut, dump or trade any player not of "star caliber" may be logical to Darryl Morey but to a long suffering season ticket holder who doesnt even know the roster anymore from game to game, the idea is miserable.
It seems to me this is the same path to "glory" the Rockets took when they traded their good young talent for Charles Barkley, then their whole team for Steve Francis, then Eddie Whatshisname the Gangster. I'd be happier with one of the tough , compettive teams we had under Tomjanovich, or for that matter, Rick Adelman. This team has never had visionary management. We have been singlehandedly bitch slapped by San Antonio for years while they have gone on their merry way winning championships , or going deep into the playoffs with discarded Rocekets....Think about it: the aborted Sean Elliot trade in the 90's when the Rockets refused him after a physical that showed a congenital kidney problem (he went on to become one of the 10 best Spurs players ever before that kidney retored him 10 years later); to losing Robert Horry , to giving away Mario Elie, to Avery Johnson, etc etc. Just give me a team I can enjoy watching. A team that competes. This elusive obsession with "winning championships" is damn close to costing this city a once proud franchise, in my opinion.

Jacob Noble said...

fantastic rant!

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