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Old 09-28-2006, 01:00 AM   #16
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I don't think many teams want to face that line-up especially if Wells plays like he did in the playoffs and Yao comes into his own.
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:01 AM   #17
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I think the Rockets are contenders...defensively there's nothing wrong with them and scoring won't be much of a problem either. They are probably one of the best defensive squads in the league.
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O M F G....wow...the only thing better that can happen this week is if the Astros keep their streak up and steal the division from the cardinals lol
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:04 AM   #19
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Welcome back to 50+ Wins and Playoffs Houston
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defensively there's nothing wrong with them

ummm, Rafer isn't the greatest defender, and Battier at the 4? there is a little something wrong with that. But you've got Ryan Bowen, so I'll forgive you
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:11 AM   #21
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**** you Geoff Petrie! We didn't even get a trade exception and a pick or anything. Now we're about to get raped by the rockets 4 times a year, yay
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:13 AM   #22
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Team defense.

They've already been one of the top teams at stopping people with the lineups they've had over the past couple of years. This lineup is better by far, so I'd say they are definitely one of the best defensive teams in the league. Maybe not individually, but that doesn't really matter if the scheme is right.
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Houston is going to be sick.
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:14 AM   #24
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it's not just from a "source" anymore, bonzi's agent confirmed it

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2605639

Agent: Wells agrees to two-year deal with RocketsBy Ric Bucher
ESPN.com


Bonzi Wells, the last significant free-agent talent on the market, agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, according to his agent.

Wells holds a player option for the second year and fully plans to re-enter the free agent market next summer.

"This isn't about the money, this is about being in the right place," said Wells' agent, Merle Scott of BDA Sports.

After turning down a five-year $34 million offer from the Sacramento Kings last month, Wells fired his agent, Bill Phillips, and hired Scott a few weeks ago. Attempts to work a sign-and-trade that might've allowed Wells to match or improve the Kings' offer failed because Sacramento refused to take back any salaries after signing John Salmons with the money refused by Wells.

"We never talked about the Sacramento offer because that was gone and that wasn't going to change," Scott said.

Wells' loss is clearly Houston's gain. Wells left both Portland and Memphis after being portrayed as a malcontent, but his 13.6 points and 7.7 rebounds in 52 games with the Kings last season and a strong first-round playoff performance against San Antonio restored some of his luster. Wells and Ron Artest were a devastating forward combination and Artest personally lobbied for the Kings to re-sign Wells. Sacramento held Wells' Bird rights, meaning they could've paid him whatever they chose but drew the line with their offer slightly better than the mid-level exception.

Wells, a source said, originally wanted Phillips to land him a $50 million deal.

Denver, Boston, Charlotte and Miami also made offers but the Rockets did the best job of convincing Wells he was needed. The recruiting contingent included Yao Ming, GM Carroll Dawson, assistant coach Tom Thibodeau, coach Jeff Van Gundy, personnel director Keith Jones and Tracy McGrady, who called Bonzi directly to make his pitch.

The Rockets go into training camp next week with a potential starting lineup of Rafer Alston, McGrady, Shane Battier (acquired in a draft-night trade for Stromile Swift and No. 8 pick Rudy Gay), Juwan Howard and Yao, with Wells as the sixth man, but if Wells plays as he did against the Spurs he could challenge Battier and Howard for one of the starting forward spots.

"Bonzi doesn't care about starting," Scott said. "He just wants to be some place he can contribute."

Ric Bucher is a senior writer

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Old 09-28-2006, 01:15 AM   #25
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oh fu**! i didnt want this guy anywhere near us, not even in the western conference...i really wanted him in Miami or something. but the rockets? they're just going to pound us inside 4 games of the season... .
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:15 AM   #26
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Good for Houston. Didn't settle with Rudy, and went out and got Bonzi/Battier. Not bad.
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Great news. If I were to choose one team that I want to go to the finals besides lakers, itd be houston
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:18 AM   #28
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eh, he's still screwed. could have gotten a 5 year deal for a lot of $$.
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:18 AM   #29
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Rockets with highwat robbery. Holy crap. Even if he only plays a year for them, it's a steal
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Old 09-28-2006, 01:23 AM   #30
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Wow. Congratulations to the fans of the Houston Rockets. Adding Bonzi Wells to this team gives them the scoring punch that they've been missing for a while.

This is really a dangerous team and the Houston Rockets will be a very good team.

I'm glad he signed to a Western Conference team. It makes the Western Conference that more competitive.
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