Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey joined the âThe J&R Showâ with Josh Innes and Rich Lord on Sports Radio 610 in Houston on Thursday after Jeremy Linâs introductory press conference to discuss the Rockets and the teamâs future. The interview was pretty innocuous to start, but Morey insisted that the hosts throw him some tougher questions. Thatâs when things got a little feisty. Innes badgered Morey on the teamâs .500 record over the last few seasons â" not bad enough to gain any top draft picks, but not good enough to contend for titles, either. Innes then pointed out that the Rockets are far from title contention, and hereâs how Morey responded:
â29 out of 30 teams every year are disappointed so you can move yourself to any freaking city and make that same comment.
âSo youâre brilliant. Weâre probably not going to win the title next year. You can be in almost any NBA city and youâre going to be right about that, so thatâs a great comment.â
Moreyâs probably right, but at the very least most teams are trying to build contenders from the ground up or tinkering with championship-level rosters. The Rockets have been stuck in that awkward in-between. For all his analytic skill and prestige, he hasnât exactly built a team with long-term championship viability. Thereâs still time, with a Dwight Howard trade in the mix of possibilities, but for the short term questioning Moreyâs more recent decisions should not be out-of-bounds.
But letâs give credit where credit is due: Morey asked for tougher questions and welcomed transparency. Now letâs see if James Dolan follows in his footsteps.
What do you think?
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