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Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey Criticizes NBA MVP Voting, Clippers’ Blake Griffin Responds

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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is not a fan of the NBA Most Valuable Player voting this year which was awarded to Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook over Rockets guard James Harden.

Morey, not a fan of the decision, pointed to inconsistencies in the criteria that voters use to decide on an MVP winner.

Morey aired his grievances in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver.

We thought James was the MVP, but there were a bunch of very good, deserving candidates,” Morey said.

“I didn’t like how a different MVP criteria was used this year, compared to the last 55 years, to fit more of a marketing slogan. People thought a different criteria for selecting the MVP this year was the way to go.”

More clearly wasn’t holding back.

“I don’t know if this is a good process. The ones that are decided by players or executives or media, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I honestly don’t think there’s a good process. You could argue for eliminating the awards altogether. I don’t really see a good way to do it that doesn’t have major issues. I like clean answers. If there’s not going to be a set criteria and there’s going to be issues with how it’s structured, for me it might be better to not have it.”

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin took to Twitter and responded to Morey’s comments by saying;

“honestly, we should do away with championships too. seems dumb to me. participation trophies for everybody. don’t @ me ”

Morey stated that the addition of Chris Paul to Houston’s roster will make it more difficult for either Harden or Paul to be considered for the award, or win it, in the future.

“Given that the criteria seems to be shifting away from winning, I would guess that [adding Paul] probably doesn’t help anyone’s chances on our team. That said, I don’t think anybody really cares [going forward],” Morey said.

“James definitely cared and I think we all cared [about the 2017 MVP]. But we’ve moved on since the award isn’t focused on winning anymore. Let’s just win and not worry about it.”

 

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Rockets Sign Bruno Caboclo

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The Houston Rockets have officially signed free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Caboclo became an unrestricted free agent when the Sacramento Kings, who acquired the 22-year old 6’9 forward via a trade with the Toronto Rapors, declined to extend him a qualifying offer in late June.

Caboclo is a former first round pick, as the Raptors selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni Believes Carmelo Anthony ‘better fit’ with Rockets than Knicks

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The Houston Rockets finally signed forward Carmelo Anthony, after a lengthy process that involved a trade, a buyout, tons of speculation, and some financial maneuvering, inking the veteran to a deal on Monday.

Many may recall that Anthony played for Rockets’ head coach Mike D’Antonio before, when the two were in New York with the Knicks, and that didn’t end well, with D’Antoni exiting amid rumors of a rift with Anthony.

D’Antoni is once again at the helm, but this time, he believes that things will be better because he thinks Anthony is a “better fit” for the Rockets than he was with the Knicks, and he doesn’t forsee any issues in coaching the All-Star.

“In New York, when [the Knicks] gave away half the team [to the Nuggets in the 2011 trade for Anthony] and everybody expected us to win a championship, it really wasn’t realistic,” D’Antoni said, according to USA Today Sports. “It put a lot of pressure on everybody, and it kind of burst the pipes.

“I think this is totally different. We’ve got a team that is a whole bunch of veterans that really, we’ve got one thing in mind, and that’s to win a championship, and we have the possibility.”

Despite the rumors of a rift, D’Antoni admitted that  Anthony “never had a blow-up” in New York while also referencing coaching Anthony with USA Basketball.

“We never had a blow-up before, so it’s not he wanted to play a certain way and I kind of wanted to coach another way,” D’Antoni said. “Back then [in New York], there wasn’t even analytics. I was going by my gut, and he was going by [his] gut, and it’s just, you know — styles clash.

“And I think now, things have changed and everybody is playing the same way. I think it’s a lot better fit and I think we have a really good chance to be really good.”

Years later, a now 34-year olf Anthony will have a different role than he did, back then, with the Knicks when he had much more pressure, many more expectations, and a lot more pressure.

“The more talent you can have, the better the guys are, the better the team is going to be,” D’Antoni said. “Look at Golden State, how they had all those guys and you fit in [Kevin] Durant. I mean if you are committed to a certain style, and everybody is committed to the team, it works itself out.”

D’Antoni was mum on if Anthony would be a starter or come off the bench in Houston.

“I don’t know, and that’s something that we’ll have to work out,” he said. “All I know is that we’ll try different combos — preseason, early season, and the good thing is that with analytics and with gut feelings and coaches and players, we’ll figure out what is the best way to play.

“And again, if everybody is on board, then it’ll be, ‘Hey, this is where we’re the best. This is how we can win the championship.’ I don’t know yet, but we’ll make sure we get it right as good as we can.”

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Rockets Signing Clint Capela to Five-Year, $90 Million Contract Extension

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The Houston Rockets have agreed to terms on a five-year, $90 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Capela had been a restricted free agent and a big priority for the Rockets who managed to make the financials work on a new contract to one of their key contributors.

Capela averaged 13.9 ppg and 10.8 rbg last season for Houston.

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