Rockets Draft & News (53rd pick) / Sports Illustrated Rockets Issue

Rockets Draft & News (53rd pick) / Sports Illustrated Rockets Issue

Post by RP » Sat, 02 Jul 1994 19:12:00


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.

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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
8 minutes!!

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??????????

 
 
 

Rockets Draft & News (53rd pick) / Sports Illustrated Rockets Issue

Post by Dean Lop » Sun, 03 Jul 1994 03:53:46

: 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.

I agree, I doubt Cureton will be back next year.  He was just 'insurance'
against injuries for the playoffs.  Also, I think Bullard won't be back.
His strongest asset was pulling out the PF from under the basket because
of his 3 pt. threat, but he wasn't able to drain it consistently like he
did the previous year. His defense sucks, though, and that's why I think
Jent will take his spot.  Jent plays *very* aggressive 'D' and isn't afraid
to take a charge.  I really, really, really hope they keep Brooks.  He's the
reason the Rockets were good in the early part of the season.  He WAS mr.
4th quarter.  Also, he was their most accurate shooter, pct. wise.  I liked
his hustle.  But figure Larry Robinson to make a push for a roster spot as
a shooting guard.  Another player who won't make it next year is Petruska.
He's a good shooter, but only when the pressure's off in garbage time.
There's just not too much to talk about the Rockets for a while.

Dean Lopez


: New Jersey "Swamp Dragons"????????? SWAMP DRAGONS??????????

 
 
 

Rockets Draft & News (53rd pick) / Sports Illustrated Rockets Issue

Post by Thomas Reid Scudd » Sun, 03 Jul 1994 04:08:55

Quote:

>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)

Burditt played center most of the time for Texas, and was a very good
shotblocker and a good inside player.  He's probably fast enough to play
in the NBA, having played in Tom Penders' run-n-gun offense, but maybe
needs to bulk up a bit for the NBA (most college players do).  

Quote:
>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)

Cureton is definitely gone.  Hopefully, Riley can play a bit more this season,
and let Olajuwon get his minutes/game down to 38 or so.  (BTW, did anyone
notice how much better Olajuwon played in the finals series once Rudy T got
around to giving him a bit of rest in the first half of the games?)

One other thing:  Mario Elie was making noises about testing the free agent
market towards the end of the regular season.  Has he been re-signed since?
If not, the Rockets' first priority should be re-signing Elie.  If he goes
elsewhere, Kevin Gamble (Boston, UFA) would be a good replacement.

<nice summary of SI issue deleted>

thanks for the update.
--

In the beginning, God created the Babtists.|in gassed cats and monkeys with
And the Babtists looked at their ownselves |Carpal-tunnel syndrome.
and said, "We good."  And God saw it was too late. -- Joe Bob Briggs

 
 
 

Rockets Draft & News (53rd pick) / Sports Illustrated Rockets Issue

Post by Gary Anthony Schmi » Sun, 03 Jul 1994 08:13:16


: One other thing:  Mario Elie was making noises about testing the free agent
: market towards the end of the regular season.  Has he been re-signed since?
: If not, the Rockets' first priority should be re-signing Elie.  If he goes
: elsewhere, Kevin Gamble (Boston, UFA) would be a good replacement.

        Being a Houstonian who lived in Boston and watched the Celts for
a while, I would second this. All I could see from Elie in the playoffs was
him putting down his head and barreling to the basket no matter what or who
was in his way. I'd try to sign Gamble or develop Larry Robinson and cut
Mario to save money -- he was a good backup in the season but a little too
wild (and complaining too much) when it counted ...

        -G.S.-