Houston Rockets looking to acquire new scapegoat

The Houston Rockets have had quite the successful offseason so far, and they are looking to make it even better.

After finishing the 2016-2017 NBA season with a 55-27 record and qualified for the postseason as a No. 3 seed. They would eventually lose to the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Knowing that they needed to improve if they were going to make any headway in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, the Rockets went out and lured former Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul to a five year deal worth over $21 million dollars.

Then, they showed that they are not afraid to spend some serious money ,when they extended starting guard James Harden’s current deal. Houston gave Harden the biggest contract extension in NBA history keeping him in a Rockets uniform through the 2022-23 season. The deal could be worth $228 million dollars.

With their backcourt fortified, the Rockets then turned their attention to making one more very important roster move. They need to find a new scapegoat.

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The Daly Dose was able to speak with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and he explained his plan.

“We really like what we were able to do in signing Chris and extending James, but the fact is that if this all goes sideways, we are going to need someone to blame. A player like Carmelo Anthony would really fit that need.” Morey told the Dose. “He is a big enough name, that it looks like we are trying to create the newest superteam, but let’s face it, he also has a shaky reputation. We could bring him in, and if everything goes bas, we can just pin the entire thing on him being such a ballhog. That seems like that might be the kind of perfect fit that we need.”

Morey also stated that this type of deal is hardly new. “Look at the San Antonio Spurs. They have LaMarcus Aldridge. And n Cleveland, they have Kyle Korver, Kevin Love, pretty much anyone not named LeBron James, really. This is hardly a new strategy.”

Daly Dose Poll: Who is to blame in the Charles Oakley/NY Knicks feud?

The New York Knicks season has already been horrible. In a season that fans were hoping might include a trip to the postseason, they are 22-23, and currently sit in 12th place in the Eastern Conference. It somehow got a little more embarrassing last week. During last Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, former Knicks great Charles Oakley was kicked out of Madison Square Garden by arena security in full view of a national television audience.

Oakley reportedly purchased his own ticket, but was confronted by security, and shoved one guard before being escorted out of the stands. He was charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault, and one of criminal trespass by the NYPD.

Oakley claims that he is being harassed by Knicks owner James Dolan, with whom he has had past altercations. Dolan says that Oakley has a drinking problem and was being belligerent.

So who is really to blame for the latest New York Knicks controversy? We asked out Daly Dose Sports Podcast listeners!

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NBA Preview: The Atlantic Division preview

Eastern Conference


Atlantic Division

(Predicted order of finish)

1. Boston Celtics

The Celtics have put together some good pieces with a number of playmakers like Avery Bradley, Isaiah Thomas, and Jae Crowder. But they still lacked a big man to fortify things inside. Now they have added power forward Al Horford via free agency, making them a legitimate contender. Well…not a championship contender. But they’ll contend for the chance to get beat by Cleveland.

 

2. Toronto Raptors

The big concern for Toronto heading into the past two offseasons was whether or not they could retain guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. But they overcame that obstacle, with Lowry signing last year and DeRozan signing a five year deal this past summer.

So that’s taken care of.

Don’t forget, the Raptors were near the peak of their game last year, just two wins away from the NBA Finals.

Now begins the slide back to mediocrity.

 

3. New York Knicks

Don’t look now, but the Knicks have completely rebuilt their roster.

Derrick Rose, Brandon Jennings, Courtney Lee, and Joakim Noah have now joined Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis in the Big Apple.

If this was 2010, this roster would really look loaded.

But it’s 2016, and this roster is loaded with nagging injuries.

 

4. Brooklyn Nets

The Nets are in dire need of a rebuild, but they have very limited resources.

They have traded away their top draft selections for players that haven’t worked out.

And the players they do have won’t fetch much on the trading block.

But they do have Jeremy Lin and Anthony Bennett.

So I guess there’s that.

 

5. Philadelphia 76ers

Finally, there is hope for the 76ers!

With the past past injuries to top draft picks Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid, Philly finally landed a player that can change their fortunes.

Versatile forward Ben Simmons can be a key player for years to come, and is drawing comparisons to Magic Johnson and LeBron James.

Oh he’s already hurt too?

Nevermind, there’s always next year.

 

Coming next: The Southwest Division

The Daly Dose Sports NBA Preview: Atlantic Division

Yes, the NBA season is already starting. While it may seem that we just got done having LeBron James jammed down our throat 24/7, a fresh new season of more and more Lebron is already upon us.

Of course, here at the Daly Dose, we break down the NBA like no other. So sit back and enjoy our first division outlook. Here is how the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division is going to play out.

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Eastern Conference Atlantic 

(Predicted order of finish)

Team Outlook
1. Boston Celtics The Celtics have some depth at guard that should pay dividends for the future. With Evan Turner, Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, and Avery Bradley they have some talent in the backcourt. And with Kelly Olynyk and newly acquired big man David Lee the Celtics also have some depth in the big white stiff category…which has always played big in Boston.
2. Toronto Raptors After they were swept in the first round of the playoffs the Raptors knew they had to get better defensively. They went out and signed DeMarre Carroll who should help. Carroll is a terrific defender who doesn’t need the ball to be effective. And if that doesn’t work they can always send general manager Masai Ujiri out to do some public speaking again.
3. Brooklyn Nets New head coach Lionel Hollins should have a positive impact on this veteran group. And by “veteran” I mean old. With a roster that includes Joe Johnson, Jarrett Jack, Dahntay Jones, and Andrea Barnani the Nets have a ton of experience. And by “experience” I mean AARP cards.
4. New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony has said that he wants head coach Derek Fisher and the Knicks coaching staff to hold him accountable in practice and film study this year when he makes mistakes or doesn’t give 100% effort. But not when he plays in the All-Star Game and then shuts it down for the rest of the season. That’s okay.
5. Philadelphia 76ers If there is one thing that this team needs it is a point guard. So in the NBA Draft this summer they bypassed point guards Emmanuel Mudiay, Terry Rozier, and Cameron Payne to pick up 6’10” Jahlil Okafor. There is no question that Okafor is a talent in the post but he’s probably going to be a liability when he has to bring the ball up the floor every night.

Next up: the Northwest Division!

The Top 5 greatest left-handed QBs in history

Who are the Top 5 greatest left-handed quarterbacks in NFL history? Also I took a trip to Disney recently and provide a review. Talking MLB, Ronda Rousey, and two questions that I have for Patriots fans on Episode 37 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast.

Episode 37

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Check out Episode #31 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast!

This week Clint recaps the NBA Draft and talks about NBA free agency. Plus we count down the Top 5 NBA Draft Busts of all time and a special announcement! Don’t miss Episode #31!

Episode 31

Check out Episode 30!

Clint gives you an NBA Draft preview plus a look at how the NBA game has changed and when those changes started. We also count down the Top 5 choke jobs in sports. Check out Episode #30!

Episode 30

The 2015 Daly Dose NBA Mockery Draft is here!

The 2015 NBA Draft begins on Thursday night in Brooklyn, New York. Where will the top players end up? Who will your favorite team select? Check out the 2015 NBA Daly Dose Mockery Draft and find out.

NBA Mock

Team Outlook Pick
1. Minnesota Timberwolves The Timberwolves feel like they have a nice young nucleus with Ricky Rubio and Andrew Wiggins. Karl-Anthony Towns gives them a third solid player that will leave as soon as his rookie contract runs out. Karl-Anthony Towns, 7-0, PF/C, Kentucky
2. Los Angeles Lakers The Lakers need help everywhere, and Kobe Bryant needs another big man to yell at, so this is a good pick for everyone involved. Well… except for Jahlil Okafor who will be mentally crushed by January. Jahlil Okafor, 6-11, C, Duke
3. Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia has selected 6-11 Nerlens Noel, 7-0 Joel Embiid, and 6-10 Dario Saric in the past two drafts so they should be set in the frontcourt. Now they just need some guards. Besides, it isn’t like one of those big guys is going to hurt themselves just sitting on the bench. Willie Cauley-Stein, 7-0, C, Kentucky
4. New York Knicks The Knicks were terrible defensively. And offensively. And in the front office. And in the locker room. Carmelo Anthony is unreliable and temperamental. The Knicks could really use a point guard to run the structured triangle offense that Phil Jackson wants. Emmanuel Mudiay played professionally in China where he turned it over constantly and shot poorly.  He should be a perfect fit. Emmanuel Mudiay, 6-5, PG, USA
5. Orlando Magic Scott Skiles was recently hired to coach the Magic and he has a track record of being a no-nonsense disciplinarian. So it is probably best if the Magic drafts someone who will have a language barrier for Skiles’ hot tempered rants. Mario Hezonja, 6-8, SG, Croatia
6. Sacramento Kings Sacramento hasn’t had a good point guard since Mike Bibby back when NBA officials orchestrated a playoff win for the Lakers over the Kings. That could never happen now that the NBA has gotten rid of shady characters like Tim Donaghy and now only employ high character refs like Joey Crawford. D’Angelo Russell, 6-4, PG Ohio State
7. Denver Nuggets With Justise Winslow on the board the Nuggets would have to be the stupidest franchise in professional sports to let a player with his toughness and versatility slip by. Kristaps Porzingis, 7-0, PF, Latvia
8. Detroit Pistons The Pistons get sweet revenge on Denver for that whole Darko Milicic/Carmelo Anthony thing. Who actually won that encounter anyways? Justise Winslow, 6-6, SF, Duke
9. Charlotte Hornets You are going to hear experts say the Hornets should select 7’0” Myles Turner out of Texas but every time Hornets owner Michael Jordan sees him he inexplicably screams out “Kwame Brown!” Devin Booker, 6-6, SG, Kentucky
10. Miami Heat Pat Riley knows that Dwayne Wade and Luol Deng are in the last year of their contracts and if the Heat are going to have any chance of getting LeBron James back again they need to show some improvement immediately. Stanley Johnson, 6-7, SF, Arizona
11. Indiana Pacers Cameron Payne has been compared to George Hill. We aren’t really sure if that is a compliment or not but the Pacers have always had a soft spot for George Hill. So knock yourselves out. Cameron Payne, 6-2, PG, Murray State
12. Utah Jazz Frank Kaminsky is a white guy that can give the Jazz some depth up front. He’s white and has a number of low post moves. He also has the ability to stretch the defense with his long range shooting and he’s white. Plus he’s white. Frank Kaminsky, 7-0, C, Wisconsin
13. Phoenix Suns Turner is a kid that brings a ton of athleticism so this pick makes sense. Plus he has a history of injuries and the Suns seem to collect those types. Myles Turner, 7-0, C, Texas
14. Oklahoma City Thunder Kelly Oubre is an athletic player who should bring some much needed defensive ability to the Thunder but will need to develop offensively…which means he is another player for Russell Westbrook not to pass to. Kelly Oubre, 6-7, SF, Kansas
15. Atlanta Hawks Bobby Portis is an unselfish player and can do a little bit of everything. Atlanta loves those types. We saw how well that worked out for them in the playoffs. Bobby Portis, 6-10, PF, Arkansas
16. Boston Celtics The Celtics have a number of holes to fill on their roster and “white guy for the locals to cheer for” might be the biggest hole of all. Look for Boston to fill that glaring need here. Sam Dekker, 6-9, SF, Wisconsin
17. Milwaukee Bucks Montrezl Harrell is an explosive athlete who sometimes struggles to focus and gets that vacant look in his eyes. Not unlike the creepy eyes of the new Milwaukee Bucks logo. Sounds like a perfect match to me. Montrezl Harrell, 6-8, PF, Louisville
18. Houston Rockets The Houston Rockets could use some youth at the point guard position after watching Jason Terry creak around against Golden State in the playoffs. Plus, Texas is a conservative state and Tyus Jones looks like the black version of Adam Carolla. Win/win. Tyus Jones,  6-5, PG, Notre Dame
19. Washington Wizards Washington needs a young power forward that can rebound and pass since Nene will be turning 33 in the fall. Looney is a monster on the boards and probably won’t complain to the officials nearly as much when he misses layups. Kevon Looney, 6-9, SF, UCLA
20. Toronto Raptors Amir Johnson, Tyler Hansborough, and Chuck Hayes will all be on the market for new contracts. So Lyles could fill a need in the Raptors frontcourt. Can he play? No one knows because we barely saw him at all last year. But he went to Kentucky. And that is all you need to know. So stop asking. Trey Lyles, 6-10, PF, Kentucky
21. Dallas Mavericks Odd that the Mavericks would select a point guard with this pick considering the booming success that Rajon Rondo was but I am going to go out on a limb here and say they nab Grant who could be the best PG in the draft. Jerian Grant,  6-5, PG, Notre Dame
22. Chicago Bulls The Bulls struggled to score 100 points last season in warm-ups let alone in a real game. Jimmy Butler is a free agent and the Bulls need some insurance. Vaughn can shoot it and could even play some backup PG just in case Derrick Rose were to miss one or maybe even two games at some point due to unforeseen circumstances. Rashad Vaughn, 6-5, SG, UNLV
23. Portland Trailblazers LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo, and Wes Matthews will most likely all become free agents this summer. Hollis-Jefferson can be a great defender in this league which is good because he might be playing one on five. Of course, he can’t shoot so the Blazers offense will probably struggle a little bit. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 6-7, SF, Arizona
24. Cleveland Cavaliers The Cavaliers made it to the Finals but struggled to score when they had to. RJ Hunter would give them a long distance threat ala JR Smith but…you know…without all the crazy. RJ Hunter, 6-5, SG, Georgia State
25. Memphis Grizzlies Memphis needs some 3 point production. The Grizzlies finished 29th in the NBA in 3’s made per game with a paltry 5.2. Steph Curry could punt in 3 point shots at a better rate than that. Justin Anderson, 6-6, SF, Virginia
26. San Antonio Spurs We all know that Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich loves smart players.  Anthony Brown is a Stanford nerd that will be happy to dress up like a wizard and play Dungeons and Dragons with Tim Duncan. Anthony Brown, 6-7, SF, Stanford
27. Los Angeles Lakers Jeremy Lin’s contract is due to expire this summer so the Lakers will need to look for a point guard here. And you know what? Even if his contract wasn’t expiring it would make sense to look for a better point guard. Delon Wright, 6-5, PG, Utah
28. Boston Celtics “You had me at ‘Mc’.” –Celtics GM Danny Ainge Chris McCullough, 6-9, PF, Syracuse
29. Brooklyn Nets Point guards Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack are both over 30 now which doesn’t really sound that old. Until you see them play every night and they actually make Paul Pierce look like a teenager by comparison. Terry Rozier, 6-2, PG, Louisville
30. Golden State Warriors David Lee looks to be gone and Marreesse Speights may still be on a post championship food bender so Golden State needs a big man. The Warriors are hoping Andrew Bogut can teach Martin to complain about obvious fouls while contributing absolutely nothing at the offensive end. Hey, it worked last year! Jarell Martin, 6-10, PF, LSU

Knicks once again fail to qualify for the NIT

It has been a rough season for the New York Knickerbockers. Having won just 13 games all year when the invitations were sent out for the NCAA tournament, needless to say, the Knicks did not receive one.

But they had hoped to at least qualify for the NIT which plays it’s semifinal round and championship game at Madison Square Garden…the Knicks home court.

“Our players are devastated, and they should be, because we feel like we are certainly deserving of an NIT berth.” Knicks President Phil Jackson told reporters.

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher felt so strongly that they would be an at large berth that he has sat forward Carmelo Anthony for the past month. “We felt like we had a good RPI and that our strength of schedule would carry us” said Fisher “but the NIT committee is clearly changing the rules.”

“We beat the Nuggets once and the Celtics too.” tweeted Knicks shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr “what did we do wrong?”