Houston Rockets Outlook: Even With Yao Ming, Are They Contenders?

August 14th, 2010 by Patrick Harrel Leave a reply »

Just a few weeks after the tough defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2009 NBA Playoffs, the crushing news that Yao Ming’s foot had not healed properly and would require season-ending surgery came down, instantly crushing all Rockets fans’ hopes for a successful 2009-2010 season.

Since that day, the vast majority of the fans and team executives alike have been counting down the days until Yao’s return, hoping that his presence would help propel an already strong team to championship contention.

With the acquisition of Kevin Martin in February and the addition of Brad Miller to fill out the front court, hopes are high that the Rockets will be able to equal the excitement of their 1990’s glory days by embarking on a deep playoff run.  However, even with the highly skilled 7’6” monster holding down the middle, can they really expect it?

Unfortunately, looking at the past NBA champions, it is clear that to win an NBA championship, your team must have at least two legitimate stars, and in most cases, three. While the Rockets up and down look like a tremendously deep roster, it is clear that the ...

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