Originally Posted by Exascor
This thread has devolved too much. This is my last reply to this take. Morey has not fielded a team that anyone considered reasonable favorites to get to or win a championship until this season. 6 years. Smith has done it for the past 3 - this year included.
I'm NOT defending Smith. People just seem to throw Morey out as an example of "how it should be done". He wanted Howard last year. He wanted Gasol. If he gets either he doesn't get Harden. If Howard does well in the Lakers system, he may stay in LA. He's smart but he got lucky too.
No, the Rockets were thought of as contenders in 08-09 with the addition of Artest. The year before as well until Yao for hurt. Sometimes you make your own luck. Morey made his. we are still waiting on Smith and his bad handling of the cap/drafting replacements.