The NBA trade deadline came and went today and the Rockets managed to muster up some activity. The good news is (stop me if you've heard this before) General Manager Daryl Morey appears to have gotten the best of both deals.
The bad news is the Rockets are no closer to being a championship team. Hell, they're no closer to being a playoff team.
In case you didn't hear, the Rockets traded Shane Battier to the Memphis Grizzlies for Hasheem Thabeet and a first-round pick. (They also traded Aaron Brooks to the Phoenix Suns for Goran Dragic and a first-round pic.)
A bigger post-trade deadline post is coming soon. In the meantime, I'll admit that I was somewhat excited about the Thabeet deal for the following reasons:
1. At seven feet, three inches, Thabeet is immediately the only Rockets player with even close to NBA center dimensions (I don't include Brad Miller because I'm pretty sure his feet have not entered the paint this season.).
2. This gives the Rockets three of the top 11 players in the 2009 NBA Draft, even if combined they all play about one quarter per game of NBA basketball right about now. (Funny thing is that if the Rockets came away from the 2009 Draft with Thabeet, Hill and Williams on draft night, Morey would have been hailed as some sort of combination of Jedi and NBA savant -- which, come to think of it, is really not all that different from how he is treated today, honestly.)
3. Thabeet is from Tanzania. I've never met anyone from Tanzania before. (NOTE: Within two minutes of the trade being consummated, Thabeet's Wikipedia page reflected his being on the Rockets. Who makes these changes to his page so quickly? A fan? Thabeet himself? Is there someone that is especially concerned with the integrity of the information on Thabeet's wiki page so he or she makes sure it's up to date at all times, like the same way Kramer took so much pride in the cleanliness of his mile of freeway in the New York City suburbs?)
4. The Rockets are getting a first-round pick in the deal as well. So if you're keeping score at home, the Grizzlies had to attach a first-round pick for someone to take the second overall pick from two drafts ago OFF THEIR HANDS.
So with caution, I thought that this deal could work. Maybe all Thabeet needs is a change of scenery, I said to myself. And then I had Chris Vernon, excellent afternoon radio host on 730-AM in Memphis, on my show. Take a listen...
So apparently the ticket to getting Thabeet to produce like a lottery pick is for the Rockets to move their games to the Galleria and promise him a trip to the Apple Store after the game.
Yay. Go Rockets.
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