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.”
Rockets’ Carmelo Anthony Surprised by Chris Paul 2-Game Suspension
Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony is a little bit shocked that his teammate, and close friend, Chris Paul only received a 2-game suspension for his fight with Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Rajon Rondo during their game on Saturday.
“I’m actually a little shocked at the number of games that they are missing” Anthony said, according to Martin Rogers of USA Today Sports.
Anthony has a point, as the suspensions seems a bit weird given that Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram was handed a four-game ban for his role as an instigator during the fight, double what Paul, who was actually one of the main culprits, received.
“It actually works in our favor to be honest with you, I have seen it go 10-15 games before – I was the culprit of that years ago. But to see CP – I don’t want to be speaking on CP – but to see CP only get two games… I didn’t know what to expect to be honest.
“I talked to (Chris) before the game, checking in on him to check he was good,” Anthony stated. “His spirits were up, nobody wants to be suspended. I think we all know how much of a competitor he is and to be here missing this game against the Clippers after coming off a big game last night, I am sure he is disappointed. In life things happen, you got to adjust to it.”
Rockets’ Carmelo Anthony Talks Mending Fences with Mike D’Antoni
While they were often times at odds while both were with the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony and head coach Mike D’Antoni have mended their relationship as they embark on a new season with the Houston Rockets.
“Yeah, but you know, in that situation in New York was, like, it happened so fast. And the media blew that situation up. And nobody really know exactly what happened, if anything, between me and Mike D’Antoni,” Anthony said, during an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols. “At the time, he was at a different point in his life, dealing with what he was dealing with, dealing with New York organization, that team.
I was at a different point in my career. So, I think now we got opportunity to just lay it all out on the table. You know, we talk a long time about kinda where we was as people — as a player, as a coach, at that point in time — the journey from then till now, where we at now and how we’re able to just kinda put that behind us.
And you know, he said something to me like, “You know, everybody deserves a second chance. I hope you give me a second chance.” And it was just good to hear kinda how energetic he was about having me here and being a part of this.”
Rockets’ Marquese Chriss Happy With Defined Role
Houston Rockets young forward Marquese Chriss is happy to be on a new team after struggling for his first two years playing for the Phoenix Suns when his lack of production and/or consistency forced the Suns to move on from the former lottery draft pick.
Chriss is embracing his defined role in Houston, and seems to be fitting in just fine, strongly hinting that he didn’t have the same clarity in Phoenix.
“The difference is they know what they want me to do” Chriss said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen. “They’re asking me to do a specific job. I’m trying to do it to the best of my ability. There really is no question about what they want my role to be. They made it straightforward to me when I first got traded here. I embraced it and I’m working to do it as best as I can.”
Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has been impressed with Chriss so far.
“So athletic, he can go fast without looking like he’s going fast” D’Antoni said. “He’s got a lot of talent. We need certain things and I think he can give it to us. I think he’s going to be a force. We didn’t do our pick-and-rolls great, but he’s one guy you can lob to. He can block shots at the rim. He gives you another athlete on the floor.”
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