Texans Do Something That Makes Sense

Texans re-sign Bradley Roby

Head coach Bill O'Brien has made numerous missteps. The only one who's outdone him is general manager Bill O'Brien. However, the latter has made a move to distance himself some from the former. In what was thought to be a forgone conclusion of him leaving, Bradley Roby has resigned with the Texans. GM O'Brien gave Roby a three year deal worth $36 million dollars.

Smart move

With cap space to spend and an obvious need at corner, this move made so much sense. Roby was clearly the Texans best corner last year. When you're without good draft picks in the next couple drafts, but you have cap space, moves like this make sense.

Baseball batting average on signings

GM O'Brien is hitting around .250 when it comes to signings and resignings. Lots of bloop singles, hit by pitches, and fielders choices. This was a no-doubt upper deck homerun. He gets his fair share of screw ups, but managed to get this one right when so many thought he'd screw this up too. I'm pretty sure he heard the trash can bang and knew what was coming.

While we kill O'Brien for his ineptness, we (begrudgingly) must give him credit here. GM O'Brien still has more pressing needs. If he manages to resign Laremy Tunsil, he'd hit a three-run homerun. Deshaun Watson resigning would be the walkoff grand slam to win a playoff series. Time for him to wear a buzzer, bang trash cans, watch video monitor, or use an Apple Watch because he needs all the help he can get dealing with those two.

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Jalen Green is poised for a breakout season. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

NBA Training Camp is upon us. That also means media day for NBA has taken place as well. Teams and their fan bases are all excited about the prospects for the upcoming season. Anticipation for what's to come is high. Teams will always keep their minds on the task at hand. It's the fans that need to stay engaged. They also can tell when a season isn't going to go well and will check out quickly if things are off the rails.

The Rockets come into the 2022-23 season with more promise than the previous couple of seasons. They have some young talent ready to breakout. They also have some vets on hand to help those young guys out. While I'm not expecting a playoff run, it wouldn't surprise me to see them challenge for a play-in spot. Here are three reasons Rockets fans should be excited for this season:

Jalen Green's continued growth and development: Green had a coming out party towards the end of his rookie year. Over his last 10 games, Green failed to score more than 23 points twice. Six of those games he scored 30 or more. His efficiency went up as he learned shot selection and choosing his spots. He started allowing the game to come to him and/or forcing the action when necessary. This kid loves the game and truly wants to get better. I believe we'll see a more polished version of Green this season. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he took a leap in every major statistical category. A first time All-Star? I think it's a possibility.

Jabari Smith Jr. will be everything Christian Wood should've been and then some: Wood gained a rep for being a bit aloof. He wasn't very self-aware, and seemed to be more self-absorbed than a team player. While his play as a stretch four was good, Smith Jr. can be that much better. Wood wasn't a consistent defender and his efforts showed. Smith Jr. seems to take pride in his defense. That alone is worth the change. Having a former NBA player as a dad and growing up around the game has given him the desire to be great. He's seen what this life has to offer. He knows what it takes to be great and appears poised to take the league by storm. Personally, I think he's the perfect fit for the Rockets. Future All-Star player for sure.

A playoff appearance isn't out of the question: With the NBA sticking with the play-in format for the final two playoff spots, it gives 10 teams in each conference a chance to make the playoffs. If 20 of the 30 teams make it and the Rockets can't make at least a push to get one of those final spots, I'll be shocked. These guys are young, hungry, and eager to make their marks on the league. Never underestimate a guy looking for an extension such as Kevin Porter Jr. Throw in Tari Eason, Green, Smith Jr., Alperen Sengun...and you have the makings of a feisty young squad with hunger that can only be spelled by winning.

Gone are the 20-win seasons. Heck, 30-win seasons may be a thing of the past as well. Brighter times are ahead for this team. If they show signs of being a viable contender, who's to say general manager Rafael Stone doesn't use some assets to make a trade for a superstar player they believe can help get this team to make a run in the playoffs? Armed with young talent and a bevy of picks, this team is poised to win at some point. Maybe it's this season. Don't be shocked if they end up playing past the play-in games.

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