The practice almost felt like the start of a new season - and era - for the Houston Rockets.
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New acquisitions Kevin Martin, Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill and Hilton Armstrong passed their physicals and watched their new team work out Friday, a day after Houston acquired the quartet in a three-team swap that sent Tracy McGrady to New York.
And for the first time in months, the remaining Rockets could finally take the court without facing distracting questions about McGrady. The seven-time All-Star met the New York media earlier in the day, officially ending his rocky six-year tenure in Houston.
The big prize of the class of new arrivals for Houston was Martin, a 6-foot-7 shooting guard highly regarded by both Rockets coach Rick Adelman and general manager Daryl Morey.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL.com, the Rockets are +8500 on the money line to win the 2010 NBA Championship. The Knicks have officially been taken off the board.
Posted: 2/19/10 9:00PM ET