Houston Rockets and the NBA Trade Deadline: Where Do They Go from Here?

March 1st, 2011 by Davide Lavarra Leave a reply »

For a second consecutive year the trade deadline has left a bitter taste in the mouths of Houston Rockets fans, who steadfastly maintain a dream to see their team play and perform at high levels again—sooner rather than later.


Houston finds itself in this situation primarily because of bad luck, since the franchise seemed to be built with all the right pieces to make a serious title run. The Rockets barely won a playoff series (Portland, 2008), and that team was even able to accomplish the feat without the services of both Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.


That squad never retained the necessary toughness to advance beyond the playoffs' first round. The two superstars were often injured, lost for significant portions of different seasons and never showed a winning mentality.


All the sacrifices made to bring that tandem in town, a first round pick overall and a blockbuster trade ...

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