No T-Mac, still no W. In reference to our loss to the Houston Rockets this past week. No T-Mac still no W. At first you think wow, even without their "star" player they still beat us. So at first you must shake your head and cringe at what we have become. Then once gathering my thoughts I came to a better assumption..
Our team plays better when either Curry sits. Or Randolph sits. Simple as that. When one of those guys is not on the court (see San Antonio game) we play decent ball. More so Curry playing and Randolph sitting (see chemistry). We are all aware that we have TALENT. Isiah is a good, wait, great scout for talent. I will give him his props. Camby, Carter, Stoudemire, O'Neal, Ariza, Lee, Balkman, Robinson... McGrady.
Now its also making its way that in Houston... the oft injured Tracy McGrady has grown sick of Houston and more so its style of play. As much as a Yao, McGrady and even Francis combo would be the styles just clash. More so Yao and McGrady. And at some point the "we're better off without him" question/statement has to pop in your head... and not saying talent wise are they better but for the future or even morale or in some cases for the talent- better.. it goes for the 76ers with Iverson. it goes for the Timberwolves with Garnett and Sonics with Allen. It went for Marbury in a few stops, and its bound to (if not already happened) happen in Houston.
Houston if it has a weakness and it does (besides the right coach cough::Van Gundy::cough) is its power forward position. Since they trade Juwan Howard for Mike James their PF has not been filled correctly. I give credit to Hayes and Scola even Novak for trying but its still missing a quality bigman to split minutes with Yao and the "rooks".
and we.. well where to start?.. are missing three things. one obviously being defensive toughness.. two being chemistry.. and three being a statement at small forward. we have Richardson who doesnt belong there, Jeffries who tries but doesnt cut it and Chandler and Balkman who all though deserving dont get the minutes they deserve.
Two messes that can easily be solved with one move (just those key problems not the knicks problem as a whole) but if you were to throw Zach Randolph and say Jared Jeffries or Malik Rose and Balkman for McGrady wouldnt that not make sense? its a gamble for both teams.
For Houston, who mind as well get something for McGrady especially if it comes in the form of Power Forward Zach Randolph and New York who could use the leadership, talent, defense, big game mentality of a superstar small forward Tracy McGrady.
Yao Ming, Zach Randolph, Shane Battier, Bonzi Wells and Mike James.
Eddy Curry, David Lee, Tracy McGrady, Jamal Crawford and Stephon Marbury. both teams improve. both moves make sense. and hey its plausible... McGrady is an Isiah boy afterall.