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New Rockets show some brashness

Published: Friday, June 24 2011 3:36 p.m. MDT

This photo made Jan. 9, 2011 shows Benetton Treviso's Donatas Motiejunas, left, in action. Motiejunas is a top procpect in the 2011 NBA draft.   (Giuseppe Cottini, Associated Press) This photo made Jan. 9, 2011 shows Benetton Treviso's Donatas Motiejunas, left, in action. Motiejunas is a top procpect in the 2011 NBA draft. (Giuseppe Cottini, Associated Press)

HOUSTON — The newest Houston Rockets can certainly talk a big game. Coach Kevin McHale hopes that translates to the court.

The team introduced its four acquisitions from Thursday night's draft, and new forwards Marcus Morris and Donatas Motiejunas immediately fired barbs at two of the league's biggest stars.

Morris, the 14th overall pick from Kansas, compared himself to Carmelo Anthony — except for the lax defense. And Motiejunas, a 7-foot Lithuanian, dared Dwight Howard to match his quickness.

McHale, a brash talker in his playing days with Boston, smiled as he reminded both players that television cameras and microphones were recording everything they said.

The Rockets also acquired point guard Jonny Flynn from Minnesota and drafted forward Chandler Parsons from Florida. McHale says Houston added size and versatility.

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