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Barry Laminack: Stop whining, Colts. McDaniels did nothing wrong

Josh McDaniels (left) decided to stay with Bill Belichick. Elsa/Getty Images

There is no loyalty in sports - free agency made sure of that - so when Josh McDaniels decided not to take the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts, it really wasn't that big of a deal to me.

If any of us normal folk went looking for a job, found a new one, but at the last second our current employer made us a better offer, we'd take it. So stop acting like Josh McDaniels did something wrong, because he didn't.

BUT HE HAD A HANDSHAKE DEAL WITH THE COLTS!

So?

Let's play a game. 

Say Colts GM Chris Ballard (who is sooooo upset about this) was in the running for a new job with say, the Texans, and the two teams had agreed to terms and everything was ready - but nothing had been signed. Then, the day before it was to be made OFFICIAL, Colts owner Jim Irsay made Ballard a better offer.

Do you think Ballard is going to turn that down?

Hell no he isn't.

Say Jim Irsay is planning on selling the team and gets a really good offer and agrees to it in principal at lunch with plans to sign the deal the next morning. Then, that night somebody calls and offers him 30% more money for the team.

Guess what? 

Irsay’s taking that better deal.

And so would you, that's how job hunting works. 

The fact is, Josh McDaniels was given a better offer by his current employer before he left to for another job. 

This happens every day in the business world.

The way I see it, he did nothing wrong, and anyone else would have done the same thing in this situation if they felt strongly enough. 

Besides, it's laughable to me that an NFL team would be crying about loyalty when they are the only teams in major sports that have figured out a way to rig the system so that they can cut players once they deem them useless, with very little in the way of repercussions.

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ROCKETS FALL TO WARRIORS

Critical takeaways from Rockets' 105-103 loss to Warriors

Rockets fall short against Warriors. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

This wasn't the typical Houston Rockets-Golden St. Warriors game when Mike D' Antoni and Steve Kerr were having an offensive battle of wits. James Harden, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, was nowhere in sight for the Rockets Friday night. Although the Rockets are in rebuild mode, it was still an interesting game. The intensity was high throughout the entire game. Emotions between Stephen Silas and Kerr were heavy, as they were yelling and jumping up-and-down along the sidelines.

A series of runs and back-and-forth scoring gave a slight reminder of the old rivalry between the Warriors and Rockets. Steph Curry was having a tough game, but with 5.1 seconds left, he was able to create great separation from a step back and drained an incredible midrange shot over Kevin Porter Jr. It was heartbreaking because Porter played great defense on Curry throughout the entire game, with Curry only making 6 out of 22 shots. Porter had a tremendous first-half defensively on Curry and recorded an 88.9 defensive rating. Porter had a good feel for guarding Curry, he didn't allow himself to switch away from him. He anticipated passing lanes and ripped Curry a couple of times.

Besides Porter playing great defense, the Rockets played good as a whole. They finished with 10 steals. Their main technique was to switch everything on defense, and Kenyon Martin Jr. and Christian Wood did a good job. It's never easy staying in front of Curry and Jordan Poole, but if they could hold their ground for five seconds, it became possible. Porter did a great job at times by communicating on defense, so he could tell Jalen Green and Eric Gordon when to switch.

And speaking of Green--- he had a strange night offensively. He went 0-11 from the field but made two great plays in the fourth quarter. Instead of Silas keeping Green on the bench because of his cold hand, he kept him in the game for learning purposes. Green made an outstanding play on Curry at the 2:52 mark in the 4th quarter. Before that, he missed a shot from three but fought hard for the rebound, then found a cutting Wood towards the rim. Green might of struggled, but the effort was there.

This was a tough loss for the Rockets, but they are steadily improving. The Rockets are 3-5 in their last five games.

Up next: The Rockets face the Spurs on Tuesday night.

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