Stro Headed Back to Memphis

Discussion in 'The Tiger's Den' started by MikeD, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. MikeD

    MikeD Sports Genius

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2002
    Messages:
    3,334
    Likes Received:
    36
  2. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2004
    Messages:
    47,302
    Likes Received:
    21,457
    had just seen that. i dont know much about all the picks but it looks to me like jerry west gets an A for this draft with gay and stromile. gay's upside is lots greater than battier.
     
  3. clair

    clair Rockets

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2004
    Messages:
    10,627
    Likes Received:
    429
    i like the rockets, and i am sad to say that i am happy to see stro go

    he didn't do much of anything last year for houston

    he at least frees up money now for someone who wants to play

    battier brings much needed 3 point shooting

    all-in-all, a good trade for memphis though
     
  4. NoLimitMD

    NoLimitMD Founding Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2004
    Messages:
    7,551
    Likes Received:
    366
    Dumping Stro's salary is the ONLY silver lining for what I consider to be a remarkably short-sighted trade. Battier is good, but the draft is about potential. Not about a guy that gets 10 points and 4 rebounds a night.

    This trade just signals that the Rockets will be satisfied getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs each year.
     
  5. clair

    clair Rockets

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2004
    Messages:
    10,627
    Likes Received:
    429
    1. Battier is an incredible defender, which doesn't show up in the stat sheet
    2. Battier didn't have Yao Ming and T-Mac's double teams in Memphis. He will average far more in Houston.

    If everyone on this Houston team can be healthy for a whole season, they can do much better, especially now with the cap room they poccess.
     
  6. Lil Jules

    Lil Jules Founding Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2004
    Messages:
    1,211
    Likes Received:
    39
    I don't really think moving to a team where he'll be the 3rd option (at best) is going help Battier's numbers. Don't get me wrong, I think he's a very good and undervalued player, but he's not going to get anywhere near 20 ppg. He's a good defender and great teammate. Houston should be thankful.
     
  7. TGer'nLHornLand

    TGer'nLHornLand Founding Member

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2004
    Messages:
    2,238
    Likes Received:
    205
    Yeah, I'll have to say that when I first heard this last night, I was very disappointed in the Rockets and cursing Jerry West. But, here's the argument, Battier is a "character" guy, who will hustle, play perimeter d with a passion, hit an outside jumpshot and inject a little "fire" under the team... which was the problem with Yao and McGrady, two "quiet" leaders. Gay would no doubt have had more upside, more scoring, but his knock was his "assertiveness" and leadership skills. Stro', of course, as we know is not very motivated, and didn't even really grab his chance to shine. And, if you consider the financial flexibility to go after another player, Houston might have helped themselves.

    So, while I think on paper Memphis got 2 good players for 1 good player, Houston probably likes the trade for the intangible gamble. We'll see. Alot of folks like the Rockets' second round pick, a 6'9.5" power forward from Marquette who can shoot the three. Think Matt Bullard, Dan Langhi, Scott Padgett and all the other 6'9" white boys who shoot the 3 that Houston seems to love so much. SOMEONE NEEDS TO REBOUND and play D on that team!
     

Share This Page