Since the departure of Tracy McGrady in 2010, Rockets fans have had little to be excited about. The buzz he brought to Houston was going to be hard to replace.
In the summer of 2011 aka the “Summer of LeBron”, Daryl Morey was hard at work trying to land a superstar that would recreate the excitement of the T-Mac era. Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and even the King himself were all targeted by Morey to be the next face of the franchise. You know the rest of the story, the “Big Three” teamed up in Miami and introduced the NBA to their “super team”.
Morey again needed to set his sights on a new player.
As the 2011-2012 season drew to a close, the Rockets were absent from the postseason and the morale of Red Nation was at an all-time low.
Houston was touted as being a “front runner” in the Dwight Howard lottery of Summer 2012, so Morey did all he could to procure a package that Magic GM Rob Hennigan would see as a good deal.
After months and months of the Dwightmare, Morey decided to look in a different direction. Longtime Chicago backup center Omer Asik, and New York sensation Jeremy Lin were both restricted free agents who Morey nabbed.
As Draft Day 2012 comes along the Rockets are sitting with three top-18 picks in the draft. Surely the Rockets will pull of some sort of trade to grab a superstar at the last second. After all, that has been Morey’s dream since the summer of 2011. The Rockets surprisingly draft all three picks.
Jeremy Lamb. Royce White. Terrance Jones.
While these were three great young players, it was hardly a happy buzz around Houston. Sure the Rockets had been able to get Asik and Lin in the offseason, but yet a superstar was no where to be seen.
Then Daryl Morey shocked the world.
Sending Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, and others to Oklahoma City in exchange for 6th Man of the Year, James Harden. The buzz around Houston was incredible. A superstar had landed in Clutch City.
As of January 2nd, 2012, James Harden is the 5th leading scorer in the NBA, proving himself to be one heck of a player.
Omer Asik is tied for third in the league in rebounds per game, sharing a tie with none other than the man that started the nightmare, Dwight Howard.
Rockets games are actually fun to watch now, and with Lin, Harden, Asik, and Co. continuing to play better together, the sky is the limit for this team.
Im so pumped to see what will happen in Red Nation in the coming years.
Houston, we have liftoff.