Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ike Relief

Kudos to Les Alexander and all the players and staff who showed up to distribute relief supplies to Hurrican Ike's victims. Les opened his heart and wallet and the players and staff spent their time and efforts to help their fellow Houstonians. Thanks to Luther Head, Rafer Alston, Aaron Brooks, Chuck Hayes and Mike Harris who were there with bells on.

But to be realistic, there were more photographers and reporters there than Rockets players. The event was well promoted. There's nothing wrong with that, I guess. Capitalism has many wonderful side effects. But it begs the question: Where were Tracy, Yao, Shane, Ron, Luis and the rest of the big name players? The players that were there offered platitudes of "We're all in this together" and "We don't have power either." But when you make a million dollars a year or more, it's a little different, guys. Frankly, with the exception of the Rockets staff members that were there anonymously, the whole event left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.

Monday, September 08, 2008


Gersson Rosas was promoted Wednesday to Rockets director of player personnel, succeeding Dean Cooper, who left the team last month to join the coaching staff of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rosas, a University of Houston graduate and former graduate assistant coach with the Cougars, will be starting his fifth season with the Rockets.
He was elevated to director of scouting last season after three seasons as the team’s personnel video coordinator/personnel scout.

The Rockets also announced the hiring of Arturas Karnisovas as director of global scouting and international affairs. Karnisovas, a former European player of the year after his college career at Seton Hall, played professionally in Italy, Greece, Spain and France and was a two-time Olympic bronze medalist for Lithuania.

Houston Chronicle
Sept. 4, 2008

I have no idea if these guys are any good. We'll see soon enough if they can mine a gem for the backup point guard and center spots.