Now that the postseason is over for us, we have seen a flood of "We need to acquire/trade/sign player X!" posts. This makes some sense because anyone watching the Blazer v Houston series could tell, after six games, the Rockets just had our number.
- I could be wrong, but does anyone else think this series would have turned out differently had we managed NOT to lay an egg in game 1? Didn't the Rockets seem like a slightly better team who wasn't good enough to take away home court, after the first loss?
- The Rockets matched up the best/worst against the Blazers out of any team in the West. Heck, we had much more success, in the regular season, against the Black Mamba gang.
- Lets say the Rockets can keep their roster together for the near future...They don't have an "old" team by any means but they are certainly not getting better. We have 7 important players who are all going to improve to some degree each year.
Now I could be way out of line when I say this but dont even the best teams have kinks in the armor? Ideally we would love to have 5 above average starters and 4 above average depth players but the NBA doesn't work that way. Take a look at the worst top 8 players on the Cavs or Lakers or any championship team in the past...They all have liabilities who get significant play time.
I just look at this roster, and with modest projections for next year, believe we could challenge the Lakers for the 1 seed, without Kirk Hinrich, Drew Gooden, or Teyshawn Prince. It's also exciting to think "What if one of our 7 young/improving players has a "break out" year next year."
PS: It's 10:25 PM, and way past my bed time.