Rockets GM: ‘You’re either in the weapons race or on the sidelines’

The Houston Rockets are just trying to keep pace with how the league is going.

Superteams have dominated the landscape over the last decade, so Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has always been focused on recruiting stars. He added Chris Paul on Wednesday to go with James Harden, and Morey's aim is to add a third star before the summer is over.

Morey makes no apologies about his strategy.

"It's a weapons race in the NBA," Morey said after the Paul trade. "You're either in the weapons race or on the sidelines.

“We felt like this is, with James Harden in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams that are out there. It puts us right there with them.”

The juggernaut team Morey referenced is almost certainly the Golden State Warriors, who stacked four All-Stars to comprise a historically dominant squad. The formation of such an overpowered roster spawned criticism that the Warriors had ruined competitive balance in the NBA.

However, as Morey argues, the goal for every team is the same. Recruiting the best players makes for the best teams, and the Rockets and Warriors are trying to build the best teams possible under the rules of the league. Others can stick their heads in the sand and argue that it's unfair, but they'll only be left behind.

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Snoop goes in on Rams for banning Dickerson from sidelines

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Rams need to fire coach fisher he sucks 👎🏾 I’ll never b a rams fan as long as he the coach

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Rapper and noted NFL enthusiast Snoop Dogg has been to several Los Angeles Rams games in their first season back in Hollywood this year, but even he can’t believe the team gives more access to celebrities than former players.

Hearing about Eric Dickerson’s apparent ban from sidelines at Rams games by head coach Jeff Fisher, the “Doggfather” blasted his local NFL team for the way they’ve handled criticism from the Hall of Famer.

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VIDEO: Bucks’ Middleton, Monroe get into it on sidelines in loss to Celtics

Tensions ran high for the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

As the disappointing Bucks lost to the Boston Celtics to fall to 10 games under .500, power forward Greg Monroe and swingman Khris Middleton appeared to have some strong words for each other on the sideline, as O.J. Mayo tried to play peacemaker.

For what it's worth, Middleton and Monroe were arguably the Bucks' two most productive players on the night. Middleton finished with 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, with five rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Monroe came off the bench to shoot 9-of-13 for 20 points, adding eight boards, four assists, a steal, and two blocks.

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VIDEO: Suns’ Morris, Goodwin get in shoving match on sidelines

The implosion of the Phoenix Suns continued on Wednesday night when the team hosted the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors at Talking Stick Resort Arena.

Suns players Markieff Morris and Archie Goodwin got into an argument on the sidelines during a timeout. Things eventually got physical between the two as tempers reached a boiling point, resulting in their teammates intervening and separating them.

The animosity began when Morris tried to explain something to Goodwin on the floor before heading to the huddle, according to the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro.

Morris was suspended two games earlier in the season for tossing a towel at then-head coach Jeff Hornacek, who was fired earlier in the month after beginning the season with a pitiful 14-35 record.

The Suns have received interest from other teams looking to acquire Morris’ services, but all meltdowns like Wednesday’s will do is hurt his trade value, and ultimately make it more difficult for the team to move him if that’s the route they elect to take.

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Kevin Durant works the sidelines as Super Bowl photographer

While most celebrities and star athletes enjoy Super Bowl 50 from the comfort of their private suites and palatial estates, Kevin Durant is out there grinding with other game photographers, on assignment for The Players' Tribune.

Related: Even Kevin Durant has to go through Super Bowl security

And just in case you thought Durant was getting special treatment, here's proof that he's slumming it with the rest of the photographers:

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