New Rockets show some brashness

By Chris Duncan

Associated Press

Published: Friday, June 24 2011 5:00 p.m. MDT

Houston Rockets NBA draft picks Florida center Chandler Parsons, left, Montenegro forward Donatas Motiejunas, center, and Kansas forward Marcus Morris receive their new jerseys during a basketball news conference Friday, June 24, 2011, in Houston.

Pat Sullivan, Associated Press

HOUSTON — New Rockets coach Kevin McHale, a brash talker himself when he played for the Boston Celtics, smiled as he reeled in the team's latest acquisitions at an introductory news conference Friday.

The Rockets selected Kansas forward Marcus Morris with the 14th overall pick Thursday night. They acquired 7-foot Lithuanian Donatas Motiejunas and point guard Jonny Flynn in a trade with Minnesota, then nabbed Florida forward Chandler Parsons with the 38th pick.

The newcomers certainly can talk a big game. McHale just hopes that translates to the court.

Morris, the Big 12 Player of the Year, compares himself to Carmelo Anthony, but chirped, "I'm not going to take after him on the defensive side.

And Motiejunas, a slender 7-foot Lithuanian, was asked how he'll respond when Dwight Howard tries to outmuscle him. "If he can catch me," Motiejunas said, "then we'll see."

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