A new road for Rhodes

"The Franchise"

Diehard Rockets fans are familiar with the name Rodrick Rhodes. Rodrick was the 24th pick of the 1997 draft of the Rockets; a prospect so tantalizing broadcaster Calvin Murphy nickamed him “The Franchise.”

As a Rocket, I remember him as an athletic guard who could play either backcourt position; a solid defensive player and passer who was not the best of outside shooters. Rhodes played in 61 games as a Rocket and averaged 5.7 points and less than two assists and two rebounds per game. He shot 36 percent from the field and attempted just eight 3-pointers (making two) during his time in H-Town.

Rhodes enjoyed a five-year NBA career with the Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks from 1997-2002, and also played professionally overseas in Greece, Cyprus, the Philippines, France and Puerto Rico, before embarking on a coaching career, which has now taken him not far from my location, to Edinburg as an assistant coach with the University of Texas Pan-American.

Here is Rhodes’ bio: http://www.utpabroncs.com/coaches.aspx?rc=150&path=mbball

I have requested an interview with Rodrick, just to get his thoughts on his pro career and his new career in coaching.  Of course, I shall update you should Mr. Rhodes get back to me.



I’m baaaaaaaaaaack

I apologize for the lengthy hiatus.

The holidays, and work, took over. But I am back, and there is plenty going on in the hoops world.

Let’s go …

– Over at Baylor, Brittney Griner and her No. 5 Baylor Bears romped Texas State, 99-18. Griner also set the program’s single-season blocked shots record just 14 games into this year. She has 87. Holla here.

– No. 3 Kentucky defeated rival Louisville on Saturday. Fantastic frosh John Wall – as expected – took over, scoring 14 of his 17 points in the second half. I will go on the record now that Wall will be better than Derrick Rose or Tyreke Evans. Better shooter, better passer and more athletic. Recap here.

– And, the biggest story in pro hoops, Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton are in the middle of a heated investigation

From a Yahoo!Sports report:

Multiple sources told ESPN.com that an argument commenced during a card game on the team’s overnight flight back to Washington from Phoenix on Dec. 19 and escalated into a heated exchange between Arenas and Crittenton. The Wizards had Dec. 20 off, but sources say hostilities between the two Wizards guards resumed Dec. 21 in the locker room on a practice day.

Sources say that Arenas, in response to what was said on the flight, placed the three guns on a chair near Crittenton’s locker stall and invited him to pick one before practice on Dec. 21. Sources said that Crittenton subsequently let Arenas know that he had his own gun.

Arenas has taken responsibility for “bad judgment” and Crittenton’s agent has denied the original report of the incident.

More here.When asked what the biggest misconception of the whole situation was, Arenas replied, “The whole story.”

The Nets’ Devin Harris says guns aren’t uncommon in the NBA. http://www.nj.com/nets/index.ssf/2010/01/nj_nets_react_to_unfortunate_s.html

As for me, I covered a college hoops men’s game today and witness a brilliant defensive effort. The team I covered allowed just 40 points on 24 percent shooting, setting a program record.

It was a meaningless non-conference game, and on paper, it looked boring and uninviting. But that’s what I love about basketball. You never know what will happen.