Daryl Morey Rumors
Though Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is certain to work the phones in the week remaining before the Feb. 23 NBA trade deadline, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said he would have no objection if the Rockets’ roster remained unchanged. “We have great chemistry in the locker room and we have enough to win,” D’Antoni said. “I’m sure Daryl will be diligent as every general manager has to answer the phones and talk. That’s their job. But I’m real happy with our group. We have a good group of guys. It’s been fun, really a lot of fun to coach them.”
Do you want to keep this team together through the trade deadline, or is that hard given how you always want to upgrade the talent? Daryl Morey: I think if we do anything, it will be for depth. I don’t see any big things happening. We got a good thing, a good rotation, good chemistry. I’m pretty reluctant to make any changes there.
Is James Harden the leader for the MVP? Morey: Yeah, I think he’s the clear leader, and we have home-court [advantage] in the West [first round, if the playoffs started today] and he is the engine that makes us go. It’s pretty straightforward.
“It’s hard to judge because it takes two. It’s hard to know,” Morey said. “I don’t know if it makes it more or less likely, but the kinds of things you do are different. We are more likely to shore up a spot in case we take an injury. Anything we would do is more likely for depth.” Rockets owner Leslie Alexander was even more non-committal. “We’re always looking to improve, always,” Alexander said. “You can say that now and for the next 10 years.”
The conventional wisdom says that you need both a top-10 offense and defense to compete for a championship, but the Rockets’ offensive calculus may allow them to tip those scales in their favor. “If you have an all-time great offense that changes it a little bit,” Morey said. “There’s precedent when the Lakers won (in 2001) with a top offense and a (21st) ranked defense. We’re trying to get in the top 10.”