Sunday , Oct , 28 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Steve Francis Struggling In Return To Houston Rockets

Steve Francis is proving you can’t always head home. This summer, the two-guard picked a return to Houston over signing with other clubs because he expected to help his hometown Rockets take off in the west.
It’s just training camp, but so far he’s has been a bust ….

The Houston Chronicle reports on Francis’ declining role with Houston:

Francis, 30, said that when he chose to return to the Rockets, where he began his career and made three consecutive All-Star teams, he knew he would be unlikely to play as much as he had early in his career.

"But not to be in the rotation, to me I don’t think that’s what I’m looking for," he said. "If that’s the case, I’d have to do something."

Francis said he did not know what that something would be and had no plans to ask Adelman about where he fits in.

"I turned a lot of money down other places," he said. "But hopefully it will work out."

My Quick Take: Steve Francis is proving you can’t always head home. This summer, the two-guard picked returning to Houston over signing with other clubs because he wanted to help his hometown Rockets take off in the west.

It’s just training camp, but so far he has been a bust. Francis won’t start and, if the season opened today, he would be out of the playing rotation. What is the problem?

Francis needs the rock to be successful; his points typically come off the dribble. But Houston already has superstar wing Tracy McGrady, who also needs the ball. Of course, Yao Ming has to get touches down-low, too.

Francis can’t start because his game directly clashes with McGrady. As a career starter, he’s never had to get points off the bench-but Bonzi Wells and Mike James have. Wells split starts in Portland and Memphis, while James has fought for minutes his entire career. Right now, both are more comfortable as reserves than Francis.

However, Houston shouldn’t shut the door on the former All-Star. McGrady is injury-prone, so Francis could potentially fill-in as an emergency replacement. But can The Franchise’s ego accept being nothing more than cheap insurance?

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