Re: next season expectations
Honestly, i think with a whole off season plus a whole season with Kevin Martin alone, this team is better than a 42 win team. Also add that to the fact, Scola played to his potential when given more minutes after landry left. I honestly believe that a a whole season together brooks-martin-scola could have put the rockets in the playoffs even if that may have been a close clinch on the 8th spot.
Then you add Yao Ming to the mix. I am usually optimistic but i believe Yao is back. Im hoping this year off not only brings him back this season but also add longevity to his career. Even with decreased min. (possibly 30mpg), i believe he will come back an 18/10 center and still a 7'6 defensive presence.
with that said, they are a playoff team. I think they will be a deep playoff team. the have players to put points on the board and as a unit (with yao) hey can be back to being a solid defensive team. they have the bench players and this team will be able to win the close ones. They definitely have the coach. im not convinced on them being championship contenders for the simple fact of chemistry, i would like to see how the rotations mesh with yao in the mix.
in summary, that is what's keeping me from believing this team can be championship contenders is chemistry. i still wouldn't mind having a big addition though lol