brownbobcat wrote:I can understand why people think Morey was kind of dangling in NBA no-man's land for the past few years. The team overachieved relative to its individual talent and therefore didn't suck bad enough to land high picks (catch-22 of team-building). What Morey was positioning himself to do the whole time was to acquire enough pieces to trade/sign superstar-level talent. That's why he let Dragic go and traded Lowry for a pick It was a VERY risky strategy because he could've easily ended up with nothing, but it paid off with the Harden trade. Houston has a young productive core under 25, a ton of cap space and is sitting in a playoff spot right now - it's the complete opposite of the Raptors situation.
Nice observation bb, you're right that the Rockets overachieved for awhile which made it harder to see his vision for some.
People also forget that Morey lost TMac and Ming, both all-stars if not superstars to career threatening injuries which made it impossible trade either of them for assets while they still had value. That would be enough to cripple most franchises for a long time but he recoved quickly and still positioned the Rockets quite nicely despite that massive set-back.
I don't want to say we're dysfunctional. But we need to be more functional.