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The NBA “Arms Race,” Astros’ Jim Crane is an enigma, surprising sports radio polls, plus a hot Targaryen & more: Your update for July 14

 

By Lamont Mann

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about the management of the Rockets and Astros. Apparently, the NBA Free Agency as well as the Astros are as hot as hookers during their respective All Star Weeks.

Daryl Morey, Houston Rockets General Manager

I’ll admit, I give him a ton of shit.  In fact, I vowed not to not be a Rockets fan again until Morey was no more.  I was a life-long Rockets fan… but after Kevin McHale was fired with no contingency plan (leaving the local media gawking over his existence), I couldn’t take it anymore. I don’t watch them – but for trolling purposes, I follow Rockets conversation via social media. You know I’m not the only one.

Now that I’ve come clean…

I loved Daryl’s comments in the recently published NBA Arms Race Article.  For those of you who aren’t familiar the term “Arms Race,” most commonly refers to our nation’s Cold War (1947-1991) between the U.S. and the USSR in which they were essentially in competition to produce larger numbers of weapons and achieve superior military technology than their adversary.

While I believe that the aforementioned elements were major players, I don’t believe them to be the only factors in the creation of this particular moment in our history books. The Arms Race was also about the U.S. realizing that the USSR didn’t have the capacity to keep it up over the long haul (and we were right). So essentially, the Arms Race was more about duration than it was about inventing and purchasing weapons.

Now that the history lesson is over…

As I watched the Rockets give James Harden an extension after a shitty playoff performance, it hit me: I believe Morey is trying to compose a team to win, but I think he is ultimately gambling on the the long-haul. He is positioning the Rockets on the contingency that the Golden State Warriors will eventually fade (or at least, miscalculate).  There are many variables to consider with the Warriors moving forward: internal beef, injuries, money… you name it.

Touché, Daryl Morey. I see what you did there.

 

Jim Crane, Houston Astros Owner & Chairman

We all have our takes on the Astros. Most of us believe that they need more pitching, Beltran’s batting is average, oh and that the Astros are kicking ass. However, I believe that as Houston Fans, we should be more concerned about retaining players. Maybe I’m jumping the gun here, but I would like to know what is going to happen with Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa. The question of the hour is, will Jim Crane pay them?

Jim Crane is an enigma.  No matter what anyone tells you via print media, TV or radio, no one actually knows just how Crane is going to handle the negotiation of these mega contracts. Sure, Crane has previously ponied up for a couple of mid-range guarantees, but suddenly we are now talking about agreements that could be upwards of $100-$200 million. Crane is a first-time owner – and no matter what you hear, we have never seen him negotiate contracts of this size. Once again… these are MEGA contracts.

We definitely will not get an answer for our “Altuve, Springer, Correa contract” question until one of them has signed. In other words… as I think about the Astro’s future, I realize that essentially, it is all centered around Crane.

 

Updates:

This blew my mind.

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I fully expected Sports Radio 610 to run away on this poll, with ESPN 97.5 firmly in the middle, leaving Sports Talk 790 to eat crumbs in the cellar. Clearly, I was wrong.

For those of you who don’t know, I am a radio superfreak – and am equally a fan of all stations. But I was shocked as shit at the lack of Sports Radio 610 fans showing up here. Maybe they just haven’t yet discovered this mystical creature we call Twitter.

 

OTHER STUFF:

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm is back for its 9th Season. This is actually my first year watching the series… and for the life of me, I’m not sure why it took me so long. I love this comedy series, and I’m now in the middle of Season 5. You should check it out, if you haven’t done so already.
  • Colby Rasmus retires in secrecy.
  • Be sure to stay locked in with my fellow Houston Sports & Stuff writer Brian O’Donal. Starting Monday, he’ll be posting a one-a-day series that will break down the Texans roster by position groups, leading right up to the day before training camp starts. Don’t miss out.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“All I have is my balls and my word.”    – Tony Montana

 

HOTTIE OF THE DAY :

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Daenerys Targaryen

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Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is your weekly Friday updater, and also weighs in on a variety of subjects throughout the week. Former military man, UH Grad. Follow him on Twitter: @sportsmedialm

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