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naptownmenace
10-02-2008, 04:45 PM
Let's lay it out there. The Rockets added Ron Artest and Brent Barry. Tons of questions immediately come to my mind and I'm sure you guys have a lot of opinions regarding the Rockets too. The questions that come to mind are:

1. What are their chances of Ron lasting the whole season without an incident?

2. Even if there is some controversy, will it derail the Rockets?

3. Is playing with TMac and Yao, perennial All-stars and the clear-cut leaders of that team, the perfect situation for RonRon (many have rumored that if Ron was in a situation where it was clear that he was not the best player on the team he would be less of a distraction - ala Dennis Rodman on the Bulls)?

4. How many wins do you think the Rockets will have this season?

5. Will they make the playoffs and if so, how far do you think they will advance?



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spreedom
10-02-2008, 04:49 PM
Unfortunately for the Rockets, basketball isn't played on paper. If it was, they'd win every time. I think they're an injury (T-Mac and/or Yao) and/or a blowup (Artest) waiting to happen. I will be categorically stunned if this team meets or exceeds expectations. They're more likely to underachieve than any other team in the league right now.

ChicagoJ
10-02-2008, 05:30 PM
Have Artest. Will Collapse.

Kemo
10-02-2008, 06:11 PM
I think if they can get everyone on the same page.. and avoid any injuries with Yao or TMac, that the Rockets will easily be one of the top 5 (maybe top 3)defensive teams in the NBA . Not only that , but I see them going deep in the playoffs this year in the Western Conference.. I can see them getting between the 3rd and 6th seed .. But only if they remain injury free , and only if Artest can keep his composure and develop good team chemistry..
I think Ron will work out great with this group of guys .. (at least I hope so for his sake)

The Rockets are going to be one of the many interesting teams to watch this year..

rexnom
10-02-2008, 06:26 PM
I think injuries are going be a bigger problem than Artest.

Hicks
10-02-2008, 07:17 PM
I think if they're fortunate with their physical health, they'll show flashes of brilliance, perhaps even advance deep into the playoffs, but ultimately not go as far as they want, and this will be their last/best hurrah during the McGrady/Yao era.

Tyrion
10-02-2008, 07:24 PM
If there are only minor and not a major Artest incidents, Ronnie brings a toughness that the Rockets were lacking. They have the potential on paper to be the dominant defensive team, although with Adelman's system that isn't going to happen. They could definitely compete for a title. Ron was a pretty good camper his first year in Sacramento, and this is a far better situation for him. To me, his strengths are all of McGrady's weaknesses. It could work out extremely well...or just as easily blow up and ruin one of the last chances for a McGrady/Yao run at the title.

Major Cold
10-02-2008, 07:54 PM
Last year they had the longest winning streak. All without Yao and some without TMac. Adelman is the real deal. Artest will be fine this year. If anything the injuries will massage his ego, cause he will quickly be the number one option.

Kid Minneapolis
10-02-2008, 08:38 PM
I think they'll be pretty damn strong, personally. I think even Rontard will behave himself this year, with Yao and TMac to set him in place. The big question mark for me is health... Yao and TMac both spent time on the mend last year, and TMac misses games every year.

They'll still be a strong team, I think.

skyfire
10-02-2008, 09:00 PM
If there are only minor and not a major Artest incidents, Ronnie brings a toughness that the Rockets were lacking. They have the potential on paper to be the dominant defensive team, although with Adelman's system that isn't going to happen. They could definitely compete for a title. Ron was a pretty good camper his first year in Sacramento, and this is a far better situation for him. To me, his strengths are all of McGrady's weaknesses. It could work out extremely well...or just as easily blow up and ruin one of the last chances for a McGrady/Yao run at the title.

If Ron was ever going to have a season where he behaved himself, his last big contract year would be it. I think more hinges upon Alston not doing stupid things. I think he is the vocal leader of that team and if he goes off the rails then it will destabilize the team. Tmac, yao, battier are all quiet types.

I'd love to see Ron make it deep into the west.

QuickRelease
10-02-2008, 09:16 PM
The greatest team in the history of surgery and Psychosis!

Infinite MAN_force
10-03-2008, 01:47 AM
If healthy, I say they win the west. but thats a fairly big If.

Artest's post brawl antics have been blown a bit out of proportion. Playing for a coach he likes and next to big names like yao and mcgrady, I think he keeps it in line. We shall see...

croz24
10-03-2008, 02:13 AM
if healthy, the rockets imo have the best team in basketball. problem is "healthy rockets" is an oxymoron.

Midcoasted
10-03-2008, 03:02 AM
if healthy, the rockets imo have the best team in basketball. problem is "healthy rockets" is an oxymoron.

Exaclty, this is the problem. They could win it all if they stay healthy. They should just not play Yao until after the break, so maybe he won't get hurt at the end of the year like he always does, right before the PF's.

But I love Hakeem. He definitely was the dream. He was one of the best to ever play the game. I don't think I like Yao. He is injury prone and from China.

China. Communism, censorship, no freedom, no liberty, no religion. Building their military, but for what? To scare us?

Not to Blame Yao, he just represents China, and China represents opression. Healthy he is just the most dominant big man hands down, so I'm conflicted.

Am I wrong for that?

Slick Pinkham
10-03-2008, 09:03 AM
if healthy, the rockets imo have the best team in basketball. problem is "healthy rockets" is an oxymoron.

I would say "If they are healthy and if Ron had his head on straight"

In other words, (impossibility)^2

Too bad McGrady is already hurt, but that means more time for the artest+Battier combination which might be the best combination of two perimeter defenders since Jordan and Pippen in their prime.

they are an interesting team and I have always liked that franchise, but acquiring Ron will ultimately bea terrible mistake

ChicagoJ
10-03-2008, 11:58 AM
You guys act like Ron is mentally/ physicall/ chemically capable of accepting that another player on the team is the "star" and/or "leader".

If he stays on his meds, maybe. But he's never shown a willingness to do so.

This has explosive, "movie of the week" potential. Stephen Segal is auditioning for the role of Coach Adelman right now.

FinPacers
10-03-2008, 01:16 PM
Title contender, definately!

Anthem
10-03-2008, 01:53 PM
I think the Rockets will be "explosive."

Take that as you wish.

croz24
10-03-2008, 03:45 PM
You guys act like Ron is mentally/ physicall/ chemically capable of accepting that another player on the team is the "star" and/or "leader".

If he stays on his meds, maybe. But he's never shown a willingness to do so.

This has explosive, "movie of the week" potential. Stephen Segal is auditioning for the role of Coach Adelman right now.

i'm sorry but jo should have never been the designated "leader" to those pacers teams. ron meant so much more to our winning than did jo. if i were ron, i wouldn't be too quick to call t-mac or yao the leader(s) either. t-mac has NEVER lead his team to a playoff victory and yao is much to passive to ever be considered a true leader imo.

MrSparko
10-03-2008, 05:26 PM
I must of missed it when Ron Artest showed anyone the way to the promise land...

ChicagoJ
10-03-2008, 05:38 PM
i'm sorry but jo should have never been the designated "leader" to those pacers teams. ron meant so much more to our winning than did jo. if i were ron, i wouldn't be too quick to call t-mac or yao the leader(s) either. t-mac has NEVER lead his team to a playoff victory and yao is much to passive to ever be considered a true leader imo.

What about Reggie? Ron was only here about 20 games after Reggie retired before the last of his many trade demands (his public one). Who says JO was even the leader at that time. Reggie was trying to defer to JO, so that at least tells me that Reggie thinks JO was more capable of leading than phsycho-Ron.

croz24
10-03-2008, 05:42 PM
What about Reggie? Ron was only here about 20 games after Reggie retired before the last of his many trade demands (his public one). Who says JO was even the leader at that time. Reggie was trying to defer to JO, so that at least tells me that Reggie thinks JO was more capable of leading than phsycho-Ron.

most insiders believe reggie was being forced to pass the reigns over to jo.

ChicagoJ
10-03-2008, 05:53 PM
If that is the criteria you want to use...

Most insiders believe Ron was a jealous, undermining, selfish P.o.S. that didn't give a rat's @$$ about winning, just his contract and status/ reputation. He wasn't challenging JO's authority because he thought he would be a better leader than JO, he was jealous of JO's contract and status. He wasn't challenging Carlisle because he believed a different gameplan would help the team, he believed a different gameplan would help his contract/ status. The guy never played a minute of 'help' defense but was the first guy to point out when him teammates needed help on defense.

I don't see any reason to believe he has suddenly found a magic "good teammate" formula.

naptownmenace
10-10-2008, 01:20 PM
If that is the criteria you want to use...

Most insiders believe Ron was a jealous, undermining, selfish P.o.S. that didn't give a rat's @$$ about winning, just his contract and status/ reputation.

Most outsiders thought that too!

Ron has had a lot of issues away from basketball the past few years and he's going to say stupid things and have 4 or 5 games where he goes nuts with fouls. Still his production has been pretty consistent. If the Rockets can overlook his goofiness and they stay healthy, they'll be the team to beat.

I don't expect that to happen but still I'll be watching them a lot this year just to see what happens.

duke dynamite
10-11-2008, 01:15 AM
I think the Rockets will go to Denny's.