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@  DenverRocket : (05 December 2016 - 10:24 PM) He has to pass a physical first (which seems a bit bizarre considering the team doctors know all about his back etc...): ‚Äč
http://www.espn.com/...8078114806362-4
@  DenverRocket : (05 December 2016 - 10:11 PM) Well we've matched it according to Woj
@  thejohnnygold : (03 December 2016 - 05:48 AM) Looking at the structure of the deal I think we match it...unless Morey is concerned about messing up team chemistry.
@  DenverRocket : (03 December 2016 - 12:44 AM) Signed. 4yrs, $37 million. We have 3 days to match.
@  DenverRocket : (01 December 2016 - 05:24 PM) D-Mo close to signing Nets offer sheet according to Woj https://t.co/AGtJj532y0
@  Jatman20 : (29 November 2016 - 03:35 AM) D-Mo took bad advice from his agent. We shall see how it plays out. If he gets multiple deals or works things out with Houston.
@  Jatman20 : (29 November 2016 - 03:33 AM) D-Mo still ends up having to prove himself for one yr for about slightly less than what Houston offered for one yr.
@  Jatman20 : (29 November 2016 - 03:31 AM) probably break even financially....because t everyone loses
@  Jatman20 : (29 November 2016 - 03:30 AM) I agree Slick Shoes. He could probably play in one European for about $2 mil for what amounts to 20 something games....and then play for another European team for about the same for about 26 games. Rockets & D-Mo
@  slick shoes : (23 November 2016 - 07:30 PM) I don't know that we would get anything in return for DMo at this point. He will have to play to prove that he can physically be out there and prove that he has actual value.
@  Jatman20 : (22 November 2016 - 02:32 PM) Nov 22: Ennis can be traded Nov 23: D-Mo deadline to be traded.....for what it's worth.
@  slick shoes : (21 November 2016 - 08:27 PM) End of tweet: "Still no progress." Dude feels burned. I don't blame him.
@  DenverRocket : (21 November 2016 - 07:58 PM) I saw yesterday (somewhere, I think Calvin Watkins) a tweet saying that Rockets have had positive discussions with D-Mo's agent.
@  slick shoes : (21 November 2016 - 05:35 PM) Wiltjer is back from D-League!
@  DenverRocket : (17 November 2016 - 04:16 PM) Good interview with Thabeet for those interested: http://theundefeated...-to-the-league/
@  slick shoes : (09 November 2016 - 07:01 PM) "We have to commit to defense," said Jeff Bzdelik, the assistant coach charged with guiding Houston on that end, "or we're just a .500 team that runs up and down a lot." Hey, someone gets it!
@  thejohnnygold : (09 November 2016 - 05:53 PM) Zach Lowe has a solid article detailing the good and the bad for Houston. LINK
@  slick shoes : (05 November 2016 - 01:18 PM) Well,Ii don't feel so bad about the Rockets not being able to beat the Lakers on opening night now.
@  thejohnnygold : (04 November 2016 - 08:46 PM) thirded
@  majik19 : (04 November 2016 - 06:06 PM) I second slick shoes - please accept!

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#1 Sir Thursday

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:08 PM

So, James Anderson has been brought in to replace Daequan Cook. Not a huge loss because we were not getting anything out of Cook, but the question is whether we'll be able to get anything more out of Anderson.

I remember a lot of people were thinking that the Spurs had got a steal with Anderson when they picked him up in the 2010 draft, but he never got on the floor with them, nor with the Grizzlies. Aaron McGuire, author of the tremendous Gothic Ginobili Player Capsule series, couldn't find a whole lot about him to like. (By the way, he's now successfully completed his capsule series, and IMO it's one of the best basketball resources on the internet - quite thorough pieces of writing on almost every non-rookie player in the NBA. There's over 370,000 words all told, so reading them all is quite a task, but if you ever need some human-readable information on an NBA player, this is the place you should go).

What worries me was that he was never able to get on the court with the Spurs. We've seen time and time again that you don't need to be a sublime talent to get playing time with them, you just need commitment to their principles both defensive and offensive and at least one consistently effective and useful skill. That Anderson was unable to do so implies that he was lacking at least one of those. My hope is that the issue was something along the lines of him struggling to internalise the Spurs' intricate and option-heavy offence. If that's the case, then the Rockets' system will suit him much better because it is so much more free-form and probably closer to what you would see on a college team (although I don't know much about what sort of system he played in at Oklahoma State because I don't watch college ball). But apart from that, I can't think of a good reason that he would fail there but succeed here.

Perhaps with more years behind him he will have matured to the point that he's willing to work hard to fit in? He's going to be thrust into a completely different locker room culture with the Rockets, one devoid of the wise-old veterans of the Spurs. I'm a great believer in the theory that a lot of guys' games are shaped by the locker-room environment of their teams, and it would seem that the Spurs' is more conducive to becoming a great pro than the Rockets' is (which is not to say that the Houston locker room is bad, it's just that San Antonio's is peerless in that regard). But perhaps finding some youthful running mates will bring out the best in him. I guess we'll see.

At the end of the day, there are two scenarios where he's going to see time on the court. Either one of Harden, Delfino or Parsons is out, or one of Patterson and Morris is out and Parsons ends up having to play a lot of 4. (Actually, there was an interesting TrueHoop post recently that suggested that the Rockets should be playing Parsons at PF a lot more as the plus/minus data seemed to show it was paying dividends. Dunno if bringing in another wing is a precursor to trying to play small more often though). I don't think he'll be good enough to break into the rotation as I don't think he'll be able to beat out Delfino for minutes, but if he doesn't display Cook's ballhogging tendencies then he's probably an improvement.

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:41 PM

I think the jury is still out on this guy. to some players the type of system you play in is everything. he may fair far better in the heavy pick and roll based system the rockets run. the guy has talent just seems unable to put it all together. lets hope while he's here the light bulb come on :blink:
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:44 PM

If he can stand on the 3pt line and hit that shot consistently he will be a big help.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:50 AM

At the end of the day, there are two scenarios where he's going to see time on the court. Either one of Harden, Delfino or Parsons is out, or one of Patterson and Morris is out and Parsons ends up having to play a lot of 4. (Actually, there was an interesting TrueHoop post recently that suggested that the Rockets should be playing Parsons at PF a lot more as the plus/minus data seemed to show it was paying dividends. Dunno if bringing in another wing is a precursor to trying to play small more often though).

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Yes, Parsons have played very well at the 4, but against other 3s playing the 4, he is not strong enough to play against the Smiths, Gasols, etc. and he has a bruised shoulder which I'm not enterely sure that is fully healed.
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