Originally posted by TX9R:
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. you aren't like most.
Laker Ariza - "Ariza is great, him being out was the only reason we lost to Boston, he's great, etc"
Rocket Ariza - "He's not that good, really it's only because of kobe that he's even stayed in the league, he will regret leaving LA forever."
- Laker fans
Note: This exact argument, when flipped also applies to Ron Artest.
I appreciate the benefit of the doubt.
I honestly have nothing but love for Ariza. It's a bummer watching him play elsewhere, and he was a huge part of the championship run last year.
That being said, my opinion about him is the same as it was last year. He's a good role player. Now, he's going to get more opportunities to shoot in Houston due to Yao & T-Mac being out and the Rockets are REALLY running the ball, which will help his aggregate numbers, but I think over the long term he's going to see diminished opportunities.
Remember, the Rockets are a bit of an unknown quantity right now in that teams haven't been able to really scout what they look like without Yao, Artest, & T-Mac. I think that in the next week or two the league will catch up, and things will get more difficult for them.
And if I'm wrong...it wouldn't be the first time.