Bring Back the Delicious Memories of ’50’s Diners at The Cooking Camp

first_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Cover Story Bring Back the Delicious Memories of ’50’s Diners at The Cooking Camp By FIELDING MELISH Published on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | 4:17 pm When the Baby Boomer generation thinks back to the “Good Old Days” one thought that can always bring back delicious memories was that of visiting a 50’s Diner. Let’s travel back in time to a simpler and easier period in America… A time when ground beef cost 89 cents for 3 pounds! Onions were 15 cents for 5 pounds and coffee was 15 cents per pound.The menus at a 50’s Diner were always there to give hungry customers comfort food that always made one think of Moms Cooking. Items like Country Fried Steak with Herb Gravy, Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits, Apple Pie, Patty Melts, Loaded Potato Skins and Banana Cream Pie (hungry yet?) have long been dazzling taste buds of Diners across the Nation and this summer, a new generation of kids 7-17, can experience the great tastes of the 1950’s in the Cooking Camp’s (www.summerartacademy.com) fun and creative hands on Cooking class series called the 50’s Diner.Teens and Kids will be able to bring home creations like Cheese Dogs with from scratch Chili, Country Cole Slaw and Mini Sweet Potato Pies all taught to them by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena trained Chefs.The brainchild of Executive Chef Chris Allen, also a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Pasadena in 2001 began the Cooking Camp to serve Pasadena kids in 2005. “I’m so happy we are heading into our 8th year teaching the Teenagers and Kids of Pasadena the art of Cooking. I feel it is these creative courses that I try to create an learning environment that can give the whole family something that spans generations and spawns conversation that everyone can be a part of. Like talking about the blend of creaminess and crunchiness in perfectly cooked Chicken Fried Steak with Country Gravy!!”“The 50’s style Diner is fading away slowly and this is my way to try to make sure that the next generations can appreciate the delicious taste of the 50’s Diner. I think there is no better way to make it a long lasting memory then to let Kids make it themselves and be actively involved in creating something delicious and give them a link to a time long ago and have something they can share memories with their Parents and Grandparents.”So help keep the memories of the 50’s Diner alive with your Teens and Kids where they can learn about a generation gone by and experience it via the delicious food selections of the 50’s Diner.For more information visit Summer Art Academy’s Cooking Camp at www.summerartacademy.com. Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img HerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stufflast_img read more

Wits team shows how lightning shapes mountains

first_img10 January 2014Scientists at Wits University in Johannesburg have made a “shocking” discovery – lightning rather than ice or heat is the main force shattering rocks on Drakensberg summits.National Geographic reports on research published in the journal Geomorphology on 1 January 2014. The evidence gathered by geomorphologist Stefan Grab and geologist Jasper Knight has apparently changed their own conventional notions about the forces that shape mountain peaks.For their research, the pair surveyed almost half a kilometre of the Drakensberg in Lesotho, where they found 90 sites where lightning strikes had blasted apart the basalt rock face, the website reports.While frost alters the shape of rocks over thousands of years, lightning – at temperatures of up to almost 30 000°C – can shatter rocks milliseconds, the researchers say.Lightning “basically causes a bomb to explode on the rock surface”, Knight told National Geographic.The fact that a lightning strike will partially melt basalt in an instant meant the researchers were able to develop a diagnostic “tool kit” to distinguish the sites of lightning strikes from other rock fragments affected by heat or ice.Lightning is “part of the much bigger jigsaw,” a puzzle piece that had been “passed over by geoscientists for decades”, Grab is quoted as saying.The two researchers told National Geographic that further exploration would reveal other examples of mountain ranges shaped in large part by lightning – especially in warmer regions of Australia, Africa, and Asia that were mostly passed over by the Ice Age.Read the full article on NationalGeographic.com: Shocking news: lightning can shape a mountain!SAinfo reporter and National Geographiclast_img read more

High-Tech Ceiling Fans for Low-Tech Cooling

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Winter has barely ended in Vermont, but as I write this the forecast is for 82 degrees tomorrow. This makes me think about strategies for keeping cool in the months ahead. I’m looking forward to trying out the high-tech ceiling fans we installed in our two upstairs bedrooms. I’ll get to those fans in a minute, but first I’ll explain why I like ceiling fans so much.By moving air, moisture is evaporated from our skin, cooling us through evaporative cooling. With modest air movement in a room, most people will be comfortable at an air temperature at least five or six degrees Fahrenheit warmer than would otherwise be the case.To clear up a misconception: ceiling fans do not actually cool the air in a room — in fact, they slightly increase the air temperature, because of the waste heat from the fan motor — but they allow you to be comfortable at a warmer air temperature. In other words, they raise your threshold of comfort.If you are normally comfortable in the summer with the air temperature around 75°F, for example, with a ceiling fan operating, you might be just as comfortable with an air temperature of 81° or 82°F. Because ceiling fans don’t involve the energy-intensive vapor-compression cycle, as do standard air conditioners, they use far less electricity, so they can save you a lot of money. A typical ceiling fan uses 90-110 watts of electricity, with Energy Star models averaging 65 watts.For decades, ceiling fans have changed little. Often called “paddle fans” or “Casablanca fans,” most ceiling fans use rotating fan blades operated by standard AC (alternating current) electric motor. The waste heat generated by these fan motors necessitates the large, ventilated metal shroud that you see on most ceiling fans. Many of these fans become noisy as they age, as heat results in delamination of steel in the motor core. Enter the Haiku fanSeveral years ago, the uniquely named company Big Ass Fans, long a leading manufacturer of very large fans used for commercial buildings and warehouses, introduced their first residential ceiling fan, trademarked Haiku. In late 2012, our company, BuildingGreen, impressed by Haiku’s energy performance and elegance, named this a Top-10 Green Building Product for 2013. I was anxious to try out these fans in our new house.The Haiku fan features a sleek, attractive, aerodynamic design for the airfoils (blades) in either bamboo or a plastic composite. All Haiku fans are 60 inches in diameter. Our fans are made of the composite material, in white; they elicit great comments from most visitors to our house.Haiku fans have brushless, DC (direct-current) motors with advanced electronic controls; these are known as electronically commutated motors, or ECMs. The Haiku has seven speeds, compared with just three for standard ceiling fans. These features contribute to the very low energy consumption of just 2 to 30 watts, depending on the speed.Haiku fans are by far the most energy-efficient fans rated by Energy Star, exceeding the Energy Star requirements by 450% to 750%. RELATED ARTICLES Using Ceiling Fans To Keep Cool Without ACHow to Buy an Energy-Efficient Ceiling FanCeiling Fans Are EvilKeeping CoolGBA Encyclopedia: Fans and natural coolingFans in the Attic: Do They Help or Do They Hurt?Hot-Climate Design A premium price for a premium productBe aware that Haiku fans are not cheap. The composite fans (in black or white) list for $895 from the Haiku website. The bamboo fans (in a natural bamboo or a darker cocoa color) are $100 more. This compares with just $100 to $200 for most ceiling fans on the market.Haiku fans can be ordered with different stem lengths, depending on your ceiling height, and for flat or sloped ceilings. They are also available with integral LED lights, though I haven’t seen those and can’t comment on how they look.All Haiku fans carry a lifetime warranty. Quiet operation and multiple settingsOne of the features I’m most excited about is the incredibly quiet operation. At lower speeds, you can’t even hear the fan. Noise had kept us (mostly my wife) away from ceiling fans in the past.Along with the multiple speeds, the fan can be operated in reverse (pulling air up rather than pushing it down), a timer can automatically turn it off, and there’s a unique “whoosh” setting that varies the fan speed to mimic natural breezes.All these features are controlled by a very compact remote that fits into a plastic pocket that can be mounted to a wall. There are blue LEDs on the fan showing the fan speed. These stay illuminated for a few minutes then turn off.last_img read more

But, You Are Infected

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Yesterday I wrote a post on exploring your beliefs to determine which of them may no longer serve you. Your beliefs drive the actions you take. Why not also explore the actions you routinely take and determine which of those no longer serve you?My strong suggestion yesterday was that you shed some unhealthy beliefs and adopt new beliefs and new actions as you think about next year. I wrote this:Before you write your plan to make next year rock, take a few minutes (or longer, if you’re serious about your goals), and decide what you need to unlearn.Over the course of your life, you’ve been infected by some beliefs that you now hold as truths. You’ve learned to take some actions based on those beliefs, and to avoid other actions—some of which would help you to produce much greater results.I won’t lie to you; this isn’t easy work. But growth only comes from outside your comfort zone. Take a big step with me here.Someone shared the post on Facebook, and the person’s Father posted this comment:Hi ——-, I’ve been reading this bullshit all my life from people who claim to have a philosophy that transcends our meager intelligence. Don’t believe a word of the nonsense preached by these people. Confide in yourself and believe in yourself. Happy Christmas from Dad and —. xxxThis comment makes my case about infections.Your results are determined by your beliefs and the actions you take—or fail to take. If you could get the results you wanted without changing your beliefs and your actions, you’d already be producing those results. The price of improvement is change. I’m not sure there is any real opposition to this philosophy.But sometimes the people that love you the most are the people that infect you with limiting beliefs. They don’t mean to harm you; mostly they just want to keep you safe from harm. But they can infect you nonetheless.It’s never a bad idea to reflect on your beliefs to determine whether or not they still serve you. It’s never a bad idea to examine whether or not your beliefs are even your own to begin with. This is where all growth begins. The actions you take only change once you adopt new beliefs and change your models.QuestionsThink back to the last breakthrough you made in some area of your life? What belief change set that breakthrough in motion?As you think about that breakthrough, what new actions did you take once you had the paradigm shift?As you think about some of your longest held beliefs, who infected you with those beliefs, healthy or otherwise?What was the last belief that you shed for a healthier belief?Here’s a clip of Will Smith in the Art of Happyness teaching his son not to allow his father to infect him with a limiting belief.last_img read more

‘Will take lesser time than Beijing to fix Delhi air’

first_imgEnvironment Minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha on Friday that China’s capital took 15 years to improve its air quality but India will do the same in Delhi in much lesser time.“It took Beijing 15 years (to fight air pollution). We will take lesser time,” said Mr. Javadekar while replying to a debate on air pollution and climate change, especially with reference to the national capital.A mass movement is needed to curb pollution and arrest the adverse impact of climate change, he said.Measures in DelhiRound-the-clock monitoring, a ban on the use of furnace oil and stricter emission norms for industries have also been put in place in the Capital, he said. Noting that India’s green cover is increasing, the Minister claimed that five times the number of trees that were cut during the construction of Delhi Metro have been planted.The Minister read out the Air Quality Index of Delhi and its surrounding areas that was in the ‘very poor’ category and compared it with places such as Coimbatore and Thiruvananthapuram where it was below 50.“The solution to the problem will come only when we recognise the problem,” he said, claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the one who introduced AQI.“Someone sent me some calculation and said we need about seven trees for the oxygen we breathe in our lifetime. If each one of us pledges to plant seven trees, an oxygen bank will automatically be created,” he said.‘Climate-smart economy’Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said there has to be a concerted effort to deal with the problem and the Centre and the State governments should work together.“We need a climate-smart economy… you should introduce climate literacy,” he said, alleging that the Environment and Forest Ministry under the NDA government seemed to be pro-business rather than pro-conservation.The Congress leader also strongly pitched for the use of jute bags as packing material and as carry bags to replace plastic bags.Earlier, during Question Hour, Mr. Javadekar informed that the government will convene a meeting of Environment Ministers of all States to discuss the problem of single-use plastic and solid waste management.He said 25-30 tonnes of plastic waste is generated daily in the country and just two-thirds of it is collected. The rest not only litter roads, clog drains and beaches but also threaten aquatic life.The Minister also informed that around 30 crore mobile phones become redundant every year and their safe disposal, including recycling, is an issue.Apart from enlisting the various steps taken by the Central government on pollution and climate change, Mr. Javadekar set an ambitious target of meeting 40% of India’s total power needs through renewable energy sources before 2030.last_img read more

Boxer Keith Thurman to defend title after nearly 2 years away

first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 22, 2018, file photo, Keith Thurman speaks during a news conference for an upcoming fight in New York. Thurman has been limited to fight fan instead of fighter for nearly two years, going to bouts but looking up at someone else on the marquee. He’s ready to be the star of the show again.Thurman and Josesito Lopez will fight on Jan. 26 at Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)NEW YORK — Keith Thurman has been limited to fight fan instead of fighter for nearly two years, going to bouts but looking up at someone else’s name in lights.He’s ready to be the star of the show again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The undefeated Thurman returns from a lengthy layoff caused by injuries, defending the one welterweight title he still holds against Josesito Lopez at Barclays Center on Saturday night.“Last several times that I was in here, it was spectating other cards and other shows,” Thurman said. “And it’s just a whole other atmosphere and whole other energy. Twenty-two months since I’ve been in here. I almost forgot what it’s like when it’s your fight week and when you’re the headliner.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFor Thurman (28-0, 22 KOs), that was March 4, 2017, when he edged Danny Garcia in a split decision in Brooklyn to unify the 147-pound titles. He had surgery two months later to remove bone spurs from his elbow. When he resumed training after a lengthy recovery, he hurt his left hand.He says he probably could have returned last year, but opted to wait until the new year for what he felt was a fresh start. He had to give up the WBC belt he won in the Garcia fight that Shawn Porter has since won because of his inactivity, but he is still recognized as the WBA champion. In the co-main event televised on Fox, Adam Kownacki (18-0, 14 KOs), born in Poland but based in Brooklyn, faces veteran Gerald Washington (19-2-1, 12 KOs). Washington previously challenged Deontay Wilder for his heavyweight title.Thurman will try to show he’s the fighter whose knockout power earned him the nickname “One Time.” He said he’s healthy and ready, and Lopez is expecting to see an opponent not slowed by ring rust.“I just know that I’ve prepared for the best Keith Thurman that I’ve seen,” Lopez said. “I’m at championship level and I’m going to prove that on Saturday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Frustrated that he couldn’t get a straight answer from doctors about how long the elbow surgery rehabilitation would take, Thurman is hesitant to make any promises. He thinks he’ll fight twice this year, though won’t guarantee it. The only thing he’ll say is neither fight would be against Errol Spence or Terence Crawford, the other two welterweight champions who have emerged as the stars of the division while Thurman was sidelined.“If we fight a champion, we’re only fighting the WBC because that champion is me,” Thurman said. “I was the champion. I want to reunify my titles before going after the champions that I’ve never faced before and this reason is because I was the unified champion of the world. When Keith Thurman steps in the ring and faces one of those fighters, there will be my two titles on the line plus their one title.“Once you get a taste of a certain status, you kind of get used to it. I want to get that status back before going above and beyond.”First he has to get past Lopez (36-7, 19 KOs), who lost to Canelo Alvarez, Marcos Maidana and Andre Berto. He defeated Victor Ortiz.“I’m always in tough battles, but I don’t shy away from them,” Lopez said. “I know I’m in a tough fight this weekend, but I’m more than ready for it.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Hard Rock casino testing online sports betting in New Jersey LATEST STORIES US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

BW LPG Cuts Loss Sells VLGC Oldie

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed owner and operator of LPG vessels, BW LPG has reported a loss after tax of USD 7 million in the second quarter of this year, trimming down the corresponding loss of USD 55.6 million from 2016.“The loss of USD 55.6 million in the same quarter last year was mainly due to an impairment charge on vessels and available-for-sale assets of USD 76.4 million while there was no impairment charge in the current quarter,” the company said.EBITDA for the second quarter amounted to USD 39.6 million, down by USD 12.7 million from the same quarter last year mainly due to a decline in LPG spot rates.VLGC rates averaged USD 28.8 per ton on the benchmark Baltic route, nearly halving to USD 21 per ton after starting the quarter at USD 36 per ton. The weakness in freight was driven by worsening arbitrage economics leading to substantial cargo cancellations in the U.S. Gulf Coast and continued above-average fleet growth, the company said.The global VLGC fleet currently stands at 253 ships on the water, with 29 on order. Fourteen ships have been delivered year to date, while three have been committed for scrapping.“Heading into the third quarter, there has been an uptick of fixtures on the long-haul US to Asia route going via the Cape of Good Hope (the longer route) rather than via the Panama Canal. However, this positive development on the distance side of the shipping demand equation is continuing to be partly offset by the adverse impact of U.S. cargo cancellations,” BW LPG explained.In July, BW LPG signed a contract to sell VLGC BW Vision as part of the company’s fleet renewal strategy. The 2001-built vessel is expected to be delivered in September 2017, the company added.As World Maritime News reported, during the same month, BW LPG and Global United Shipping India Private Limited teamed up on the establishment of a joint venture in India, BW Global United LPG India Private Limited.The JV, set to become operational by the end of the year, will own and operate a fleet of VLGCs for the transportation of LPG within Indian waters.last_img read more

Where Do The Rockets Go From Here

Harden FT rateNBA FT rate 2017-18.502.345-31.3.252.2676.0 Harden’s foul-drawing prowess is muted in the playoffsChange in free-throw rate (FTA/FGA) between the regular season and playoffs for James Harden and the entire NBA, 2015-19 Avg..511.424-17.1.265.2795.4 From ABC News: YearReg SeasonPlayoffs% ChangeReg SeasonPlayoffs% Change Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2018-19.449.371-17.4.259.2808.1 2016-17.575.528-8.2.271.2855.2 Mike D’Antoni has seen a number of close misses throughout his career, with his teams coming up just short of clearing the highest bar to claim an NBA championship.Having been through that pain before, the Rockets coach knew that this most recent playoff exit — in which Houston lost to Golden State in six games — would rank right up there with the other heartbreaks. “This one’s gonna leave a mark,” he said shortly after his club was ousted on Friday by the Warriors, who took the series despite playing the final five quarters without injured superstar Kevin Durant. “This is not just something you get over with. I’m definitely not gonna get over it in this press conference, or tomorrow, or the next day.”Regardless of how long it takes D’Antoni and the Rockets to move on from their playoff elimination, at some point Houston will have to decide whether it’s time to try a different route — in either strategy, roster construction or both — or to simply stay the course.Some will undoubtedly argue that Houston is due for a change at this point, after having been bounced from the playoffs by the Warriors for the fourth time in five seasons. After all, the Rockets have long been the NBA’s biggest outlier in terms of strategy. No offense takes more 3-pointers, and no defense is more liberal in how often it switches — a strategy that hurt Houston on the defensive glass in Games 5 and 6.But for as unsatisfying as it sounds in the wake of yet another loss to the same team, there may not actually be anything intrinsically flawed about the Rockets’ construction. They lost this year’s series by a total of 11 points over six games, with every game decided by 6 points or fewer — the first series in NBA playoff history to hold that distinction. Along the way, the Rockets also got to the line more often and snagged more rebounds. Houston shot more efficiently than Golden State and limited the Warriors’ fabled shot-making ability for most of the series. As much as James Harden and Co. are hearing it for not “stepping on the throat” of the Warriors late in Games 5 and 6, Houston played Golden State relatively evenly during these past couple weeks. The Rockets were just a few toss-up plays away from wins that would have left us with a totally different narrative about their season.The challenge for general manager Daryl Morey — perhaps one he is uniquely suited to face — is figuring out how much of the Rockets’ playoff malaise is simply an artifact of winning bias (our tendency to explain things through the lens of the final outcome) and how much of Houston’s actual process does need to be changed. The cruelly ironic way the team lost last season, when the most prolific 3-point shooting team in NBA history missed 27 consecutive threes in a Game 7, already put to the test any belief that Houston’s luck would eventually even out. (We estimated the odds of that cold streak at 1 in 72,000.) Then there’s the seeming improbability of a player as great as Chris Paul — who, for the record, played a terrific game Friday — making only one conference final (and no NBA Finals) in his career. At a certain point, you have to wonder whether this is simply the unluckiest team ever or if variance ceases to be an adequate explanation for a team repeatedly coming up short.After this latest crushing loss, there are a few factors that might be legitimate areas of concern for the Rockets. For one thing, the rate at which Harden gets to the free-throw line has declined in each of his past four postseason runs, by an average of 17.1 percent, even as the league’s free-throw rate has increased in the playoffs by an average of 5.4 percent in the same span. Harden still scored a ton of points this postseason, but with his trademark ability to draw fouls lessened, he went from an otherworldly combination of offensive efficiency and volume to a more terrestrial class of Hall of Famer.Relatedly, the Rockets may also need to take a hard look at how backcourt-centric their offense has become. They got 79 percent of their scoring from guards or guard-forwards against Golden State, with $90 million big man Clint Capela notching only 8.8 points per game and rarely justifying his presence on the floor. (His plus/minus per 100 possessions in the series was -15.2.) The rigidity of Houston’s roles makes it easier for the team to fill a roster around the famously ball-dominant Harden, but it may also make the Rockets more susceptible to matchup difficulties in the playoffs. It doesn’t help matters when those supposed 3-and-D role players, who helped fill out a top-10 defensive unit during the regular season, can’t do much to slow down the opponent at the other end of the court — which was certainly the case in the fourth quarter of Game 6, in which Stephen Curry logged 23 points.Houston suffers from its lack of bench depth, which could get even worse next year if Austin Rivers signs with a team that has more financial flexibility. Then there’s perhaps the most obvious issue: that the Rockets may need more creativity and firepower than Harden and an aging Paul can provide on their own as efficient 1-on-1 specialists. Houston tried to address this by signing Carmelo Anthony, but that experiment lasted only 10 games before the front office decided to cut bait. Still, finding a third high-level player who can create his own shot — or a fourth, depending on how you feel about Eric Gordon — would make a world of difference. But the Rockets likely lack the cap space or assets to obtain one.Because of these deficiencies, it might feel futile for the Rockets to simply run it back again with a similar group and a similar game plan. But if they do, as things stand now,1We still have to see what the L.A. teams do with all their cap space. The Lakers could become interesting if they sign a star free agent to pair with LeBron James, while the Clippers — who have no All-Stars on their roster — have a good thing going and plenty of cap space to offer, too. the Rockets would probably remain the Western Conference team with the best chance of knocking off the Warriors next season. The team doesn’t have much financial wiggle room to improve around its core, having committed $107 million to its top four players — Paul, Harden, Capela and Gordon — for 2019-20. But one underrated advantage of staying the course for Houston is that Golden State itself could be weakened if Kevin Durant leaves via free agency this summer. Even for a dynasty with unusual staying power, the Warriors can’t dominate the West forever.For now, however, the Rockets are looking like this decade’s version of the ’90s Utah Jazz, a talented team that couldn’t quite get over the hump against an all-time dynasty. And the fear of that close-but-no-cigar stagnation continuing figures to leave both D’Antoni and Morey thinking of tweaks that would allow Houston to take the next step.Check out our latest NBA predictions. 2015-16.518.450-13.1%.276.283+2.5% read more