Houston Rockets' potential trade of Battier, Scola, Ariza giving me flashbacks,and not the good kind
The year was 1996. I was a 9-year-old fourth-grader at Travis Elementary and an avid fan of the Houston Rockets after back-to-back championships in 1994 and 1995.
I was beside myself with despair when two of my all-time favorite players, Sam Cassell and Robert Horry, were swapped in a monster trade along with Mark Bryant and Chucky Brown for Charles Barkley.
I've got the same pit in my stomach 14 years later thanks to reports that general manager Daryl Morey is prepared to trade my beloved Shane Battier, Luis Scola and Trevor Ariza in a sign-and-trade deal for a new power forward — perhaps Chris Bosh or Amare Stoudemire. (The only thing that could save us is that neither Bosh nor Stoudemire — or any other big free agent for that matter — seem much interested in the Rockets. Stoudemire is said to be on the brink of accepting a five-year, $90-million-plus deal with the New York Knicks and Bosh seems to be debating between Chicago and Miami.)