Daryl Morey-Snub of the Century

I may not be Russell Westbrook’s biggest fan, but that guy deserved the MVP award. As a Rockets fan, I would’ve loved to see someone from the city of Houston make that acceptance speech (that Westbrook wrote when Durant signed with Golden State) on Monday night and be added to a list of legends. However, Harden not winning the Most Valuable Player award says a lot more about the all-around strength and skill-set of the Houston Rockets team than it does about the discrepancy in numbers between Harden and Westbrook. This team that I speak of, was developed by a man who goes by the name of Daryl Morey, the best executive in basketball. So while maybe Harden deserved MVP over Westbrook because of the overall success of his team, he was not the biggest Houston snub at the NBA Awards…by far. In the 2015-2016 season, the Rockets were still led by James Harden, had arguably a better center in Dwight Howard, Patrick Beverly was a defensive presence to be reckoned with and Trevor Ariza and Jason Terry were two of many solid role players. Those Rockets, at 41-41, finished in the 8th seed in the West and saw an early first round exit. This is where the term, “In Morey We Trust” became a reality. Dwight left Houston, but Morey had all the faith in Clint Capela. He went out and signed Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon to four-year deals, something that many other executives and analysts grimaced at due to the injury history between the two. He then brought in Mike D’Antoni, a storied head coach whose... read more

Deadline Day: What Makes a Good or Bad Trade?

For a basketball fan, there are few more fun days than today, the NBA trade deadline.  If your team wants to add a piece better than a 10th man, it has to be done today by 3:00.  Twitter will likely be abuzz with rumored deals, completed deals, and rapid developments.  Amidst the craze, fans tend to want their team to be involved in the rumors – to do SOMETHING to get better.  Human instinct kicks in, and fans want to be apart of the craze.   Nevertheless, what fans – and sometimes teams – forget, is that when the dust settles after a transaction done under the pressure of time, you are left with are the assets or players you traded for, and lack those which you dealt away.  And if what you dealt is better to have around than what you acquired, you ultimately have hurt your organization.   Do teams need to try to get better at the deadline?  Without a doubt.  Outside of June 23-July 15 (or thereabouts), the deadline is the only time to make significant roster moves.  However, teams also need to be prudent, and avoid making moves that can be harmful down the line – no matter how tempting they may be.   So, looking back at deals past, what are some hallmarks of good and bad transactions?     1: Teams Make Bad Decisions When They Feel That They “HAVE TO” Do Something:   Example: 2015 Suns   The 2015 Suns put together an awesome trio of point guards in Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, and Eric Bledsoe, in a league where point... 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.