The Rockets Appear to Be Ready for Liftoff

Houston, we do not have a problem. However, the rest of the Western Conference most definitely does. What exactly is this problem, you might ask? It happens to be the team that squeaked their way into the playoffs last year on the last day of the season only to get slaughtered by the eventual conference champion Warriors in the first round. Yes, I’m talking about the 30-9 Houston Rockets, a team that didn’t get their 30th win until March 2nd last season. The Rockets are 19-2 in their last 21 games, the best record in the league over that span and show absolutely no signs of slowing down. This pack of shooters is led by the current favorite for MVP, James Harden. Unfortunately for Harden’s publicity, there happens to be a guy in Oklahoma City having a season for the ages. Unfortunately for Westbrook, at the end of the day, people care about winning and that’s what James has continued to do so successfully this year. There are plenty of superstars in this league who would be opposed to changing their style of play for a new coach’s system *cough cough LeBron*, but not Harden. He has added on to his ability to score at will and has morphed into one of the games premier passers. Sure, he still averages nearly 30 points per game and he remains the guy that the Rockets want shooting the ball in the clutch, but he has managed to successfully add a new regimen to his game that allows him to play at such a high level. He is able to lead the... read more

New Year’s Resolutions: Eastern Conference

The holidays are just passed us as we look towards a new year. This time of year people get really excited for a new beginning or maybe just their next chapter. Well, NBA teams also get excited for the New Year. A new year brings the trade deadline closer, the NFL ending it’s season, the NBA All Star weekend, and the time we all look forward to, the playoffs. Below we will run through new years resolutions for all 30 NBA teams. Eastern Conference Philadelphia 76ers This was the perfect team to lead off because they have to just keep taking it a day at a time. Many didn’t like the Hinkie process but Joel Embiid has been showing fans and media all season long to Trust the Process. We haven’t even seen Ben Simmons on the court yet. The most impressive aspect of this rebuild for the 76ers is their assets (Philly owns the Kings 2019 first round pick and right to swap in 2017). They will most likely move one of their big men (Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor) for so much needed guard help. Ben Simmons will be an excellent guard in the league but they will need some help. Their resolution is to get good value in Noel/Okafor and acquire a young guard who has potential. Brooklyn Nets Trade. They have to move Brook Lopez for a package of picks and prospects. He’s averaging more points per 36 minutes than he ever has. On top of this, he established a three-point game. The Nets are an older team and they only have eight wins. It’s... read more

About Hoops Critic

Brian Geltzeiler’s true passion is the NBA. He grew up in a basketball family. His father, Burt was an elite college basketball player for Newark-Rutgers University in the late 1940’s and was drafted by the Tri-City Hawks (now Atlanta Hawks) in 1950 by their then GM, Red Auerbach.

Brian is a regular host on SiriusXM’s NBA Radio and gets his money’s worth from his NBA League Pass. He lives in Livingston, NJ with his wife and four children.