SportsNet - July 2012
Houston Rockets News: Jeremy Lin And Dwight Howard Pursuit Shows Daryl Morey has Lost His Beautiful Mind
These are strange times in the NBA. Ray Allen has gone from Jesus Shuttlesworth to Judas in the eyes of Celtics fans, Stave Nash is a Laker. Meanwhile Drake and Chris Brown nearly knocked Tony Parker out of the Olympics and the Orlando Magic hired a 30-year-old away from the Oklahoma City Thunder's nursery to negotiate their 26-year old superstar's exit strategy,
However, the Houston Rockets lead the league in baffling offseason decisions and renowned general manager Daryl Morey has stood at the head of the asylum.
In December, Morey appeared ready to build around Pau Gasol, Kevin Martin and Kyle Lowry. In an unforeseen twist, the Gasol-Paul-Odom trade was rejected by David Stern. As odd as the Odom trade saga was, this summer has matched December's post-lockout unpredictability.
Morey, earned his bachelors in computer science and MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management, is perceived to be one of the brightest executives in professional sports.
Dimitar Berbatov released a statement on the 15th July stating "I'm no use to anyone if he's sat on the bench. It would be best for everyone if I move on." So the Bulgarian feels that his services are obsolete at United and a move would be welcomed with open arms.
Berbatov played for Bayer Leverkusen between 2001 and 2006 scoring 69 goals in 154 games. It seems a link between the two parties won't go away. Leverkusen have already signed Philipp Wollscheid and Junior Fernandes but they still lack a goal scoring machine such as Berbatov. Perhaps a move to Germany is on the cards but with Dortmund instead of Leverkusen. Lewandowski was linked heavily with United and a swap deal could work nicely for both teams. They are both 20-goals-a-season strikers and this move may snowball during the United tour as Berbatov has been named in the squad.
After a successful first round of summer league basketball, the Boston Celtics will now be traveling to Las Vegas. But before we look ahead, lets look back at some of the standouts and also see how their new rookies did in their first NBA action.
The Celtics went 4-1 this week down in Orlando, and a large part of that was from the contributions of Dionte Christmas, E'Twaun Moore, Jared Sullinger, and Kris Joseph.
To start out, Dionte Christmas was the biggest surprise. I didn't know who he was before the summer league began, but he really impressed me with what he can do.
Yesterday alone, Christmas had 21 points, 19 of them came in the first half. Throughout the whole week he had been consistent scoring 10 points four out of five games. He not only can score, but he can rebound and do all the intangibles. In his first game Christmas grabbed 10 rebounds, all of them were defensive. He plays great defense, brings a lot of energy, and he doesn't play out of control.
Football remains a simple game, according to Brendan Rodgers.
By Kevin Morley.
Last season Liverpool suffered from one major problem - they could not put the ball in the net. If you do not score goals, you do not win games. It matters not, how great your play has been, how much possession you have had, or how silky your football was. No, the only thing that matters is that you scored more goals than the opposition. Do this, and you get the points, deserved or not.
The fans could see the problem last season. The ex-players could see the problem. Even the media pundits could see the problem - Liverpool just could not score the goals that their build up play had deserved. There is one other person who saw the problem - Brendan Rodgers. So, this week he went about taking strides to solve it and bought a forward who scores goals. Not just a forward who scores goals, but a young forward who scores goals, and one with a resale value higher than what the club paid for him. This is good business sense, good football sense and, more than anything else, plain and simple common sense.
For a long time it looked like the Brooklyn Nets were going to do whatever it took to get Howard. However, after signing Brook Lopez to four-year $60 million contract, it appears that deal will not happen.
Several teams have had at least some interest, but the Magic are going to make sure that they get what they think is a fair deal before they let Howard go.
Howard, who signed a one-year option this past season, has said that the only team he would re-sign with is Brooklyn. That statement has kept some teams away, while others are willing to risk having him for just one season, hoping to convince him otherwise. It has been confusing, and it seems like it could drag on even longer. Someone will eventually come up with the right price for Howard, but the question is who?
The Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic have exchanged trade proposals in the past, but the two sides have apparently reconstructed their offers in order to make the trade more attractive to the Magic. The Rockets also decided recently to use their amnesty clause on Luis Scola to clear up extra cap room for Howard.