Mobley has starting status, but different role

Updated: October 21, 2003, 2:11 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Super-slick all-star point guard . . . check.

Savvy veterans at shooting guard, small forward and reserve . . . check.

Combination power forwards with offensive and defensive specialities . . . check.

Physically dominant all-star center . . . check.

But if it was really that easy to get into the Western Conference playoffs, then the Houston Rockets wouldn't have had to drag Jeff Van Gundy out of retirement to put the sum of these parts into one greater whole.