Survivor has been on television since the early 1970s, at least it seems that way. D list celebrities from the 80's and 90's have their own tv shows. I hear there's a new show about baseball wives that involves a threat made with a dildo. Story lines might be conjured up but it's still reality. As the horrible saying goes, it is what it is.
The Rockets have their own reality show that will air 66 times as part of the shortened season we are in. There are many more questions around this team than answers, especially the direction of the franchise going forward. Will Luis Scola continue his steady play or will we see his skills diminish? Can Kyle Lowry keep up his 3 point shooting? Will Terrence Williams finally make it into an episode as a main attraction? Still plenty of questions about the young players and how it will all play out. There's a new coaching staff in town, will the gameplan be similar to years past?
Like every season, this season will be fun to watch. Nothing like before the start of a season where you have the hope of being a good team and making the fans proud by winning in the playoffs. While the season is finally approaching us, so is a harsh reality. The Houston Rockets aren't going to win a championship any time soon. I'm not just talking about this season, I'm talking about the 4 seasons after that. Maybe further down the road as well. Maybe that hasn't has set in for some fans, but I get the feeling some fans think they're close. I hate myself for thinking this way, because I love the organization. Yao Ming is one of my heroes. He's right up there with Eddie Vedder, McNulty from The Wire, and Conrad Murray in my book. The reason they won't win is a simple fact, they don't have the players.
We all know the names of the players that will always give their team a legit shot at a title. The Rockets don't have any of those players. They don't even have the pieces you need to put around great players, although you could argue for Martin or Scola. With the salary cap still in place, those players probably wouldn't be here if we ended up getting on of those "stars". Dwight Howard wants out of Orlando, while Chris Paul wants to leave Bourbon Street. Another reality, they aren't coming to Houston. You can work out any trade scenario you want, not happening. Houston is like a lot of other places, players will only want to come here when they know there's a real chance at a championship. (and a lot of money coming their way)
There are a lot of young and talented stars in the league right now. Soon enough you'll be able to count them all on a handful of teams as they join their buddies in big market cities. So what can the Rockets do while there's no opportunity to win at the moment? Rebuild. I don't mean cutting Thabeet and signing Nene, that's not enough tearing down to rebuild. Nene will continue the middle of the pack ways this franchise has been in for a long time. So if those stuck up superstars won't come to Houston, go get the next one coming through the draft. Find the Yao Ming that other great players would kill to play with. Search for your own superstar that will turn the franchise around for the next decade and beyond. Don't fall into thinking that we'll make that big trade, or that unrestricted superstar is going to come in and save the day. Those thoughts take you from dreams to reality, 9th seed in the West.
(If you finished reading this, I thank you. I'm not a writer and I know this is terrible. Debunk my basketball thoughts all you want in the comments.)