by Brett Edwards
One of the great things about the NBA is the not-so-secret party lifestyle of the athletes. Most are suckers for strip clubs, gambling, and hookering. Enter the Houston Rockets, who last week had a game Thursday night in Sacramento, and then nothing to do until their game Sunday night in Portland. I know! Why not take the team to Vegas for a couple of days?
Great idea, guys. Except that it violates the league's collective bargaining agreement, which prohibits teams from giving players anything that could be considered a benefit that's not in their contract. Why not just give the players a couple of days off, and have them meet up in Vegas on their own to avoid the fine? Stories like this are not helping the idea of the league putting a team in Vegas. If all of the players show up hung over and *ahem* "depleted" for the All-Star Game in 2007, that will be the end of that. I just wish I could see Yao at the craps table.