MVP or Championship

Last I checked, basketball has and always been a team sport. And despite the exceptions, the stats back up and support the fact that it is a team sport. Teams win championships, players win MVPs.

Going back as far as 1999, the team that won the NBA championship DID NOT have the MVP winner on their team. There are 5 seasons that serve as an exception within that time frame.

2000 Lakers had O’Neal as MVP and also were the champs.
2003 Spurs had Duncan as MVP and were the champs.
2012, 2013 Heat had James as MVP and were the champs both years.
2015 Warriors had Curry as MVP and were the champs.

Last I checked, basketball has and always been a team sport. And despite the exceptions, the stats back up and support the fact that it is a team sport. Teams win championships, players win MVPs.

The Mavericks and the Thunder played one another on Monday night. It ended up being a tightly contested game that came down to a game-winner taken by Russell Westbrook in the last 15 seconds for OKC. In the postgame talk it was mentioned that when Russell Westbrook’s gets one of his triple-doubles, the Thunder end up with the win.

Westbrook triple-double count reached 37 after defeating Dallas. Thunder win count at 42.

Now, Russell Westbrook is surrounded by good role players. LeBron James, James Harden, and even Stephen Curry have solid players around them to help take the weight off of the stars’ shoulders. Russell Westbrook doesn’t have that luxury. It is him or an OKC loss. This doesn’t say much for the Thunder as a team, but it speaks volume for the argument that says Westbrook is deserving of the MVP.

Cleveland, Houston, Golden State and San Antonio are CHAMPIONSHIP contenders and all have enough firepower to go the distance. And because of all of the help they get, it takes their star players out of the running for MVP.

Houston has no MVP

You know, they’re talking about selecting dual MVPs this year. WOW.  I don’t even know where to begin. What is Most Valuable Player anyway?  We got so attached to using acronyms we have forgotten what those acronyms mean.

MVP = MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Let’s break this down.

The MOST – greatest in amount, or degree.

The VALUABLE – worth a great amount of money.

The Player – a person taking part in a sport or game.

Define MVPA person that takes part in a sport or game that is worth a great amount of money that is great in amount or degree.

By this definition, we would have to take this statement into consideration when deciding on one MVP.

In 2017, LeBron James will make 30.96 million USD.

In 2017, James Harden will make 28.3 million USD.

In 2017, Russell Westbrook will make 26.54 million USD.

In 2017, Kawhi Leonard will make 17.64 million USD.

In 2017, Stephen Curry will make 12.11 million USD.

I think that covers all the prospective players in the running for MVP this year.

According to this information, the MVP is LeBron James.  Not just because he makes the most, NO, not at all.  See,  the contract amount that a player earns is based upon what he means to their franchise they play for.

James Harden came close, though.

Texans From Good to Bad to Ugly

Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler has put up acceptable numbers in his first couple games. Since then the numbers have lowered, considerably.

It all started with some very promising numbers. Brock Osweiler was making the big play.  He was putting up numbers well within the 200s in yards passing.

Will Fuller pulled down 100 plus receiving yards in those first two games against Chicago and Kansas City for 9 receptions.  DeAndre Hopkins had 12 receptions in those two games.

In the very next week, with the short turnaround, all of the above numbers dropped considerably.  The Texans go into Foxboro and put up a big fat goose egg.

Before the next game, head coach Bill O’Brien takes over as the official play caller for the Texans.

Going into the game against the Vikings with a little longer prep time, it’s Minnesota’s turn take a swing and the Texans take yet another punch from another good team.

The question remains to be seen if the Houston Texans can bounce back from bad losses against good teams.

One thing Brock has going for him in his early career as a Texans starting quarterback, the 2-minute drill.

That game against Indianapolis was a good start to a bounce-back.

Rockets Big Three Light Up Shang Hai

The new Rockets big three all totaled over 60 points in the win over New Orleans early this morning in Shang Hai.

James Harden led with 26 points; Eric Gordon chipped in 24 pts and Ryan Anderson facing his former New Orleans Pelicans added 21 pts.

Harden also pulled down seven rebounds and improving in the assists category with 15.

With what the Rockets are doing here in the preseason I can’t wait to see what the regular season brings late October.  This has certainly been an exciting preseason.

 

Big 12 The Next Conference for Houston?

There is no doubt that the Houston Cougars belong in the conversation for Big 12 Expansion. Houston took a 5-0 record going into today’s game vs. Navy. Previously they have been able to beat some of the top powerhouses in college football. Of the teams they have beaten, Oklahoma and UCONN stand out.

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However, despite all of the positive attention gained by Houston, schools might show a disinterest in adding a team that can quite possibly be at the top of the conference record wise.

Former University of Oklahoma (16 years) and Dallas Cowboys (4 years) head coach Barry Switzer says, “Me, if I had a chance to vote on them? Hell, no. I think it was a mistake to let TCU in and they proved it was a mistake.”

Will the Big 12 even choose to expand? That is also important in even factoring in Houston’s chances of getting in.

Off To the Races, Rockets Run Over Knicks

For a preseason game, I’d say that was pretty exciting.

For a preseason game, I’d say that was pretty exciting.

Right out of the gate the Rockets showed us what exactly is to be expected from them under their newest head coach.  Houston grabbed 44 defensive rebounds and then it was off to the races.

James Harden, by the way, had 28 points with 11 assists.

Ryan Anderson added 26 points among five players in double figures for points.

The New Orleans Pelicans come into Toyota Center on Sunday for the Rockets second preseason game.

Special Bond between Harden, D’Antoni

New Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has stated some regret of working with past superstars, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, and wishes he worked on the relationship with his superstar more.

It appears James Harden is ready to do whatever is necessary for the Houston Rockets under new head coach Mike D’Antoni.  Harden is prepared to make the sacrifice for the team.

“I have made the sacrifice that I want to do whatever it takes to win, so it’s one of the reasons why I didn’t go to the Olympics this summer,” -James Harden

New Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has stated some regret of working with past superstars, Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony, and wishes he worked on the relationship with his superstar more.

D’Antoni can change that this year and have that special connection with his superstar point guard.  Everything is pointing in the RIGHT direction and is looking up for the Rockets organization.

There is no question that Harden’s offense is not in need of any improvement.  But it is still to be seen when his defense improves, can he keep it up on the offense?

Let’s just see if what he says translates to the hardwood.