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What Rebuilding NBA Teams Can Learn from Houston Rockets 2012-13 Season
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Jeremy Lin and the rebuilt Houston Rockets should be the new gold standard for rebuilding franchises.

Yeah, they have no place to go but up. That doesn't mean the climb is gonna be easy.

The five teams on the following slides reside in the remotest netherworlds of the NBA universe. Gleaning wisdom from the champagne supernova that was the Houston Rockets' rebuild, though, might help hasten their ascent.

For 16 playoff-bound teams, the next weeks hold excitement, thrills, possibilities. For six more, the tired cries of "wait 'till next year" hold water, and the season ahead holds promise.

These Drab Five are what's left: A handful of franchises holding their breath for a ping-pong bounce, hoping in vain for a miracle, sick of losing and tired of waiting.

Fear not, though: The doctor is in. Herein I offer diagnoses to cure what ails these lowly squads, all garnered from the Rockets' hypersonic reboot, which has morphed them from a blown-up roster mere months ago into first-round upset darlings.

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