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I think that’s pushing it a bit. Firstly, I would consider Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming, Luther Head and Rafer Alston the “franchise” all before the former franchise.  But enough bashing, look who the Rockets landed!  I’m not sure if any of you read my article ( check it out here!) titled “Big Expectations for McGrady, Yao and the Boys” but if you did, you might already know how much faith I have in this Rockets team.  And now this, Steve Francis!  Having him on board will definitely create some competition within the team, now that the Rockets have 3 point guards in Mike James, Francis and Rafer Alston.  One could look at it as a problem, and another could look at it as depth.  I choose depth, as well it will force the three to play and practice harder to get the kind of minutes they all want.  The Rockets now have a bunch of potential primary scorers.  If McGrady or Yao go down with injuries, which will inevitably happen to at least one of them, there is some backup.  As I said before, the Rockets still have Bonzi Wells and Shane Battier.  Battier is one of the best role players in the league, and for that, will more than likely make the US national team this summer.  This team is stacked.  My prediction:  at a bare minimum, I see these guys in the conference finals if they can stay healthy. They really should invest in the best doctor and conditioning staff to keep this injury prone team healthy.  Gotta love the Rockets this year!

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He’s coming home to Houston!  And for less money too!

 

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I found a great clip of all the best crossovers from the past. Some notables include:

-Penny Hardaway!

-Allan Iverson crossing up..Michael Jordan!

-Stevie Franchise ( back when he was Stevie Franchise with Houston)

-Yao falling after getting crossed-up

-Michael Finley giving a dirty look after a wicked cross

Check it out. You decide who’s the best…


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It seems like Isiah Thomas and the New York Knicks had a productive draft. Acquiring Zach Randolph is truly a gamble. But if you’re going to gamble, why not with a guy that can average 20 and 10? That sounds like solid numbers to bring into a team. It seems like an even better deal because that they get to part with Stevie Franchise ( I still can’t even remember how he earned that nickname). His massive contract is now not a barrier to acquiring great talent. The big problem is, if Randolph was getting into all this trouble in Portland, I couldn’t even imagine what the roads of NYC hold for the forward. The Knicks are going to have to have a serious sit-down with him and set the ground rules. Losing Channing Frye’s potential probably won’t be as visible as he’s now playing alongside a team stocked with forwards. His 9.5 points and 5.5 rebound averages are likely to go down, as he’ll be competing for playing time with LaMarcus Aldridge, Travis Outlaw, and Darius Miles to name a few. Overall, I really think the Knicks got the better of the deal. The Knicks could potentially have a very strong starting frontline with Eddy Curry and Randolph (although they’re a weak defensive pair). I expect to see the Knicks as one of the higher scoring offenses this season if Starbury is willing to pass the ball. I’m just hoping Randolph spends his time on the basketball court, instead of the other court we’re all fearing he’ll be visiting pretty soon.

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The Knicks must be jumping for joy now that Steve Francis is gone!

-Check out the Video page of a video I found of Zach Randolph paying a visit to a die-hard fan.  Looks like the little guy’s going to have to move some of the furniture around…