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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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Mike D’Antoni Ends Contract Extension Talks with Rockets

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Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has ended his contract extension talks with the team, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

D’Antoni will be headed into the final year of his contract when the 2019-2020 season kicks off as talks have ended.

“There are no problems,” D’Antoni said of the contract talks ending, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26. “It doesn’t make me coach any different or have any more worries. So, no, it doesn’t cause any problems.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, the Rockets had offered D’Antoni a pay raise.

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Rockets, Mike D’Antoni Discussing New Contract

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The Houston Rockets and head coach Mike D’Antoni are in talks regarding a new contract with D’Antoni willing to stay with the franchise “for at least another three years, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Since D’Antoni joined the Rockets back in 2016, he has posted a 173-73 record but has lost back-to-back years in the playoffs at the hands of the Golden State Warriors.

“I’ve let [general manager] Daryl [Morey] and [team owner] Tilman [Fertitta] know that I’m energized to keep coaching—and believe that I can continue to do this at a high level for at least another three years,” the 68-year-old two-time Coach of the Year told Wojnarowski. “I want to be a part of a championship here.”

“Mike will be the coach next year” Rockets owner Rilman Fertitta said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“He’s not a lame duck to me. That’s just a media term. That’s just a media buzzword. … We’re more concerned with making our team better next year. Mike will be here. I like Mike. I think he’s a very good coach. Players like playing for him. I keep being told, free agents want to know who the owner is and they want to know who the coach is. Mike and I do well together. Hopefully, we’ll continue to win and Mike will be here for a long time.”

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Rockets’ Clint Capela Dealing with Respiratory Illness

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Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela played poorly during the Rockets’ Game 4 loss to the Utah Jazz, and now there appears to be some sort of explanation as to why he did.

Capela is apparently dealing with two respiratory illnesses and it is affecting his breathing.

“It’s tough, man,” Capela said following Game 4, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN. “Especially when I try to breathe, it’s hard. I’m just going to fight it the best that I can.”

Capela was diagnosed with both adenovirus and a klebsiella infection.

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