The Rockets have drafted, in the 53rd pick, Albert Burditt
from the Univ. of Texas. He's 6 feet 8 inches... 230 lbs...
He averaged 15.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in his senior season.
The only thing the paper didn't mention is what spot he is, although
it's probbably at the F spot. They want him to develope as a cross
between Carl Hererra and Otis Thorpe: strong on the inside with a fair
15 foot range (funny, that sounds more like Karl Malone)
I guess it was a good pick. When Hererra got injured, there was a
lack of big guys to go to. We're glutted at the guard spot, but
need more big men.
No forseen trades in the Rocket camp, although I've got this nagging feeling
that Cureton will go (gotta give that backup center Eric Riley more time,
he showed potential in a few games) as well as Matt Bullard
(Damn them, I like Matt. He's finally started to show some inside
agressiveness. I think the possibility of Matt asking for a raise won't help
him stay in Houston) probbably replaced by Chris Jent (a cheaper version of
Bullard, but I'm not too impressed with Jent yet) and I don't see how they
can keep Brooks and Cassel, as Brooks was needed and played well but
was eventually overshadowed by Sammy. Whoever out there needs
a stable & steady guard to come off the bench, Scotty Brooks is your man.
For all you non-texas resident Rocket fans...
The Sports Illustrated Rocket edition came out this wednesday.
In most stores it sold out pretty damn fast, in many cases under
How did I get mine? Stand in line? Heck no! Luckily, the local Target store
went a TAD overboard and bought MANY MANY MANY copies of the issue,
and while everyone else was scrambling to a bookstore or corner store,
nobody thought to look at Target but I :)
Anyways, here's the deal:
1) First Story: Hakeem's story. His start as a 15 year old just finding out
about basketball, his Univerity of Houston year ....
Oh, by the way, there's an interesting bit about Hakeem's College years.
First of all, he developed a considerable taste for frozen deserts, and
ESPECIALLY ice-cream. On campus he carried around a cooler full of
various ice-cream stuff.
And then there's the bit about him being drafted into the rockets, his
early Rocket years, the first Finals vs. Boston, how he was
frustrated for quite a while and at times tried to carry the burden
himself to win the game. And finally there's the bit about how under
Rudy T. he became a greater all-around player. etc etc etc
2) Second Story: How the Rockets sucked - a historical perspective.
A history of the origins of the Houston Rockets, how nobody in this
town really cared until the mid-80's, how the early Rockets played in
rat-holes and such... overall an irritating piece to read.
3) Some Stories (From here on out, I forget what order they come in)
The Rockets 15-0 streak and how they looked unbeatable, the rest
of the Regular season, how "***City" was born under the
Phoenix Suns series and how "Clutch City" was born right after the
series was done, etc etc etc... a few lines about how some
seattle guy (assistant coach? management? Wasn't Karl or any player)
was ripping on the Rockets for running the offense through Hakeem.
(there's poetic justice after all, eh?)
Alarmingly, not much was said of Hakeem's teammates. They did show some okay
photos of Horry's dunks, but the camera angles could have been much better.
Also, there's one bit that was just a little irritating. Just a little.
There's an add for serveral team hats/jerseys/etc. Who's
featured? Bulls, Hornets, Suns, Knicks, Starks jersey #, Millers,
Barkleys, Pip's, Jordan's, Shaq's.
Apparently, Hakeem's actions have yet to speak loud enough. Perhaps he
should start dunking more, yelling after the dunk, and staring down at
anybody nearby. A few chest bumps wouldn't hurt either...
NAH. It ain't his nature.
and, yes, the number of people at the parade WAS about 500,000. Not 200,000
or less. T.V. coverage of the parade and the photos in SI certainly
are convincing, as the streets were PACKED and people were even
spilling out of highrise parking garages and rooftops to cheer.
onward to '95!!!
Go Rapto..er... Rockets!
New Jersey "Swamp Dragons"????????? SWAMP DRAGONS??????????