The Houston Rockets might be a name to mention when "Western Conference Powers" comes up tomorrow around the water cooler. The Rockets will reportedly acquire Ron Artest from the Kings for Bobby Jackson, a 2009 first-round pick and another player, likely to be Donte Greene.
Adding Artest to a team that already features Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming undoubtedly will compete for a Western Conference title, if they can stay healthy. Last year, without Yao Ming for most of the stretch, Houston won 22-straight games. Imagine what they can do with Ron Artest and a healthy Yao Ming.