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With such a young roster, here's what the Rockets need most

This team is in desperate need of a chaperone. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images.

The Rockets have entered a phase of rebuilding they haven't seen since the post Hakeem Olajuwon days. Even then, they were never this far out of contention. They finished last season with a 17-55 record securing the league's worst record and a high lottery pick. Thankfully for them, the pick was number two overall and wasn't number five or worse because it would've gone to the Thunder as part of the Chris Paul/Russell Westbrook trade. They turned that number two overall into Jalen Green: a 19-year-old prospect who was widely considered as the most explosive scorer/athlete in the draft this year. He was one of FOUR 19-year-olds they drafted with their four first round picks in the draft!

To say there's a youth movement in this rebuild would be an understatement. The four kids they drafted, along with Christian Wood (25), Jae'Sean Tate (25), Kenyon Martin Jr. (20), and Kevin Porter Jr. (21) are expected to be a part of their future moving forward. Considering the twenty guys currently on the roster, the average age is 23.75 years old. If you take the four guys they drafted and the four guys already on the roster expected to be a part of the team moving forward, the average age drops to 20.875 years old. This team is in desperate need of a chaperone because most of these guys don't have the NBA experience, much less life experience, in order to survive at this level.

Here's where I come in handy! Most of these guys are between my son's age (18) and my youngest sister's age (28). Seeing as I've managed to help guide them towards success, I feel as though I'm qualified to be the Rockets' chaperone. My ex-wife would be my assistant because she's been a huge help over the years. She's been the yin to my yang. More often than not, she's been the good cop to my bad cop. She's the nice one, while I'm often seen as the jerk. She'll be the one to help them adjust, meanwhile, I'll be the one to make sure they stay grounded.

I also come with experience in how not to mess up your money, considering how I've managed to be cheap (I say frugal), even when there's money to spend. Nowadays, it's all about showing how much drip you have. I, on the other hand, will ensure these guys stay focused on what affords you the ability to drip: basketball. Work hard and play harder is the motto some live by. While she and our kids would make sure their drip is as on point as can possibly be, I'd be reminding them how much they need to save and/or invest for their future.

When you have a team full of guys who were born during Clinton's second term or Dubya's first term, you have a REALLY young core! Half of them can't legally buy a drink, while the other half still get carded! These guys will need guidance and that's where a chaperone comes in handy. I've been there and done that when it comes to this thing called life. As bad as I want these guys to succeed, I also want them to have long term success. The only way to achieve that is to ensure they prioritize things. Any good chaperone would do whatever it takes to make sure these guys have success on and off the court. May the odds forever be in my favor.

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The Houston Texans have just a couple of practices before their preseason debut. Here are 11 observations from Tuesday’s workout.

1.The offense stunk on Tuesday. It was inconsistent and resembled more of last year’s disappointing performances than any other practices in this training camp.

2. Davis Mills and his receivers had a few miscommunications on Tuesday. Mills sailed a pass to nobody when he and Brandin Cooks weren’t on the same page. There were some other throws to nowhere in the day. It was something that hadn’t been present at all in training camp to this point.

3. There were a few “good coverage” notes on Tuesday. Not to say there was one specific player, but a handful of team-level efforts that led to the note.

4. It wasn’t all wrong from the offense. After a pass to nowhere Davis Mills and the offense bounced back. It was a second down during a team drill and Mills fired a pass to Chris Moore for six yards. Rex Burkhead would pick up a first down on a rush a play later. A non-positive play last year on first down doomed this team. That hopefully won’t be the case for this year’s team.

5. Chad Beebe is going into his fifth season in the NFL, his first with the Texans. The former Vikings pass catcher has flashed a few times in training camp. He has an uphill battle being new to the team but is trying to make himself a factor.

6. Phillip Dorsett had a big catch over the middle. Davis Mills stood back and delivered as the offensive line held up and Dorsett reeled it in for a huge gain. No defenders were around him. It is between Dorsett and Chris Moore for the chance to be the slot wideout opening day. With Dorsett’s return to practice, it is becoming a fun camp battle.

7.Speaking of returns to practice, Tytus Howard was back. Howard has his reps managed and after practice, offensive line coach George Warhop Howard was “getting his wind” back. When Howard was having his reps managed rookie tackle Austin Deculus played at right tackle. Deculus looks much more consistent than minicamp and OTAs.

8. Kenyon Green is still out with an injury. It is getting to a critical time where the time missed might prevent the first-rounder from starting week one. Max Scharping hasn’t looked bad in his chances with the first team. Offensive line coach George Warhop said they believe in Green and his ability and he has been in meetings to stay up to date.

9. Ka’imi Fairbairn was perfect in one of the special team periods. He drilled all five kicks, each further than the last, and was crushing the football.

10. Derek Stingley was very sticky in some early reps on Nico Collins. The third overall pick is so smooth when he is working. Later his coverage forced a throw from the offense that had no chance of being completed.

11. The play of the day was made by Derek Stingley. The offense was about five or six yards out of the end zone needing a touchdown to win. With six seconds left on the clock, any completed pass that wasn’t a touchdown was game over. Davis Mills dropped back a step and fired to Nico Collins who Stingley covered. The rookie kept the second-year player out of the end zone to earn the defense a win. This was one of the better Stingley days and he did a lot of work. At one point, it looked as though he and Rex Burkhead had some words and almost led to an offense and defense scuffle, but it stayed to just some shouting. The rookie shined today.

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