Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Pops on brink of Rockets deal

Great Britain forward Pops Mensah Bonsu survived the Houston Rockets first tranche of cuts on Wednesday, lowering the odds that the Londoner will be on the team’s roster at the start of the NBA season.

Mensah-Bonsu, who agreed a non-guaranteed contract with the Rockets last month, had his hopes of surviving raised on Monday when he played in his team’s win over Oklahoma, a game in which coach Rick Adelman hinted would feature his intended rotation.

And he contributed 13 points in 17 minutes to advance his cause.

“He's done what we hoped he will do,” Adelman said of the GB star. “He's strong around the basket. He's been aggressive. He's got to be consistent in the way he plays.

“His strengths are around the basket, so in our stuff, he has to roll hard, he has to establish himself inside, he has to use his quickness and his athleticism to get shots.

“And he's got to run the floor. That's one thing he can do, run the floor and get easy opportunities on the run.”

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