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@  cointurtlemoose : (28 March 2015 - 05:23 PM) Yeah that Toronto game we are gonna be thin in the frontcourt... luckily the Raptors wouldn't give us problems like some teams would in that regard
@  08huangj : (28 March 2015 - 01:23 PM) With Dwight Howard out for one of the back to backs, the Rockets are gonna have to start Dorsey with Capela as a backup unless they go small with Josh Smith.
@  08huangj : (28 March 2015 - 01:22 PM) Did somebody else get hurt tonight? The Rockets have now lost 3 starters in 4 games.(Not counting last night.)
@  jorgeaam : (28 March 2015 - 04:53 AM) Wow, Josh Smith nearly had a triple double tonight
@  Losthief : (27 March 2015 - 11:24 PM) DMO down now too....Capela with the team.
@  Mario Peña : (27 March 2015 - 08:51 PM) Unfortunately for Durant he is out for 4-6 months and will undergo a bone graft surgery. Tough break for him and hopefully he comes back 100% next year which could potentially be his last year in OKC.
@  Losthief : (27 March 2015 - 02:21 AM) I like Llull, first i heard about him actually willing to leave spain...had almost given up on the guy.
@  majik19 : (27 March 2015 - 02:18 AM) definitely gives us some Beverly insurance should he sign elsewhere (assuming Prigioni, Terry, and McDaniels are gone next year)
@  cointurtlemoose : (27 March 2015 - 12:08 AM) Also, this would be prettyyy cool... http://hoopshype.com...ll-to-join-team
@  cointurtlemoose : (27 March 2015 - 12:06 AM) I think McHale is properly rated. This season has probably boosted him to the middle of the back. Stotts should not be higher than Vogel and Stevens, who have squeezed every drop and more out of their rosters.
@  YaoMan : (26 March 2015 - 07:48 PM) @ txt - no I don't agree with the assessment simply because of how well McHale has handled all the injuries the Rockets had. If they feel that McHale didn't orchestrate that, then Harden should be a hands down MVP when the starting 5 misses more games than any other team in the West...
@  majik19 : (26 March 2015 - 07:18 PM) I was surprised they placed Kerr at 3. I know he's having a great year, but one year does not define a coaching career. People seem to forget he inherited a 50 win team.
@  txtdo1411 : (26 March 2015 - 07:13 PM) I was pretty surprised they had Stotts at 7 as well. He has done a good job with Portland, but health (last year, not so much this season) and talent have put him in a position to succeed.
@  txtdo1411 : (26 March 2015 - 06:31 PM) You think they are correct with that assessment YaoMan? I was actually a little surprised they had Casey and Stevens ahead of him. This year McHale has shown a lot more adaptability than people thought he had in him.
@  YaoMan : (26 March 2015 - 04:50 PM) Have you seen the ESPN coach ranking lately? They have McHale at slightly better than middle of the pack: http://espn.go.com/n...ngs-top-coaches
@  YaoMan : (26 March 2015 - 04:05 PM) If the Rox can stay focus, catching Memphis is definitely a strong reality...
@  Cooper : (26 March 2015 - 02:39 AM) ended up with a nice win and the grizz dropped a game.
@  08huangj : (26 March 2015 - 12:40 AM) The rockets look dead today
@  YaoMan : (25 March 2015 - 09:03 PM) Bev out at least 7-10 days...the rotation is starting to get very thin...hopefully they all come back when playoffs start...
@  Mario Peña : (25 March 2015 - 08:22 PM) Dwight back is great news but how he recovers from the 20 minutes he ends up getting tonight is what I'm holding my breath for.

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#1 thejohnnygold

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 05:53 PM

So, I have learned recently that the mood of the boards is directly related to wins and losses. I get that. So, I propose a board that is nothing but Rocket-affirming, puppy-hugging sunshine posts. Even if you don't agree with someone's post--that's cool--just let it be and post your own happy-rocket-thoughts so that we can keep our hearts full and heads lifted. We all want the same thing...let's share it. Group hug!

In spite of all my pontificating on the other boards (I like to let my mind wander and explore all the different paths) I really like everything about the Rockets right now. As I ride this gilded unicorn I can see a future where Marcus Morris finally puts it all together next year and develops into a Josh Smith-type player with better shot selection. I shall enjoy watching this metamorphosis come to fruition. :D
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 07:45 PM

As depressing as the recent losing streak has been, it is exactly what we signed up for. Really young teams get hot and cold. Last year if you had laid out this roster and then our record I don't think we would have believed it. The Rockets have a lot of things going for them. I like the direction we are headed in. I don't think this is a championship roster, but I do believe that it has some pieces of a championship roster, and some pieces that can help acquire other parts of a championship roster. Let's just remember that we have an American Olympian on the team which bodes well for us, and no one we got rid of has really had great years this year. Dragic is only doing slightly better than Lin and his usage rate is higher (I didn't do any research but I'm assuming). Lowry has been injured, and is now a back-up. Martin is clearly worse than Harden. Dalembert isn't doing much in Milwaukee. This team is INCREDIBLY young. If we look at things in this way, this year has been a great success so far.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:46 PM

I really like our direction, if the future holds rings or even Finals in our path, it's a different story. But right now, we are closer to those things than we were post T-Mac's prime.

Like Ostrow said, that's what we signed up for, the problem is that getting Harden and having some winning streaks pumped some people up and that's why some are already bitching about our coach, our GM or even Lin now that times are not as good as they were a month ago. The majority of us know that we have to be patient and not get carried away. It's not about criticize just for fun. Arguments with fundament are welcome, but the truth is that sliding and losing so many games in that short period time was totally feasable, even expected, so there's no sense about asking for heads to roll right now.
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:39 PM

Great post Johnnygold! I'm with you about the negativity our current losing trend has fostered. Harden has been a godsend and the trade for him ushered in a whole new exciting era for our beloved team. He's really taken on the role as leader tremendously and I love the humble demeanor he brings to the court. He's a class act. I can't think of anyone but Omer Asik who should be mentioned in the Most Improved Player Award conversations. He's gradually learning how to handle the elevation in minutes. Top in the league in total rebounds, and has a firm grasp of his offensive limitations (unlike the ball itself). Parsons has to be one of the biggest surprises to come out of the 2nd round in recent years, already playing like a vet. Morris and Smith have elevated their games also. Soooo many good things to say about this team. Their current record at the halfway mark is unbelievable no-one would have pegged us to be here at the start of the season, I seriously thought we'd be fighting for top lottery picks instead.

:) :rolleyes: :D :lol:
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Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:42 PM

Between Asik, Harden and Parsons.... Most Improved.
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:56 PM

let me get in on the positive vibes too! I have long called for the rockets to go young and stop chasing other people's castoffs. they finally did and I could not be happier. we knew there would be growing pains with such a young team, but to be where we are record wise far exceeds any expectation we had at the beginning of the year. changes are coming, but that we can debate another day. I see a very bright future for this team. we now have several pieces I consider foundational pieces thanks to morey's eye for talent. for the first time since the yao/t-mac years we have real hope for building a contending team.
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you can only warn a man that the bridge is out.....if he keeps driving he's on his own B)


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:12 PM

bump... keep this one on top, I need more warm and fuzzies!
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#8 thejohnnygold

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:21 PM

Someone suggested Parsons bulk up and play the 4. In my mind, he suddenly starts to look, and play, a lot like a certain guy from Minnestoa we all "Love". I also still think Morris can be a killer at the SF position as he develops. Imagining that development makes me happy.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

parsons strength though is his quickness, we need him guarding the wing. bulking him up would slow him down and thats the last thing we need
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

its true, but in that proposed scenario he would be guarding bigger/slower guys so the drop-off should be negated in most cases. Plus, it is possible to add bulk while maintaining most of one's quickness with proper training. We're not talking hulk hogan big :lol: . Again, I still believe Morris can be a stout defender at the 3...not sure why, but I do.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:30 PM

Motie is 22 so with 2 years of strength training he could be a legitimate 240-250lbs. If he maintains he quickness that is elite size for a 4, especially a stretch one.

Also Jones is 21 so maybe he grows another inch or two. What is the deer antler equivalent for bone growth?
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#12 thejohnnygold

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:59 PM

Oh yeah, Motie is another in the long line of players drafted in the hopes they become the next Dirk....or better. And he has the potential. As a tall person myself (6'5") I can tell you my body straight up refused to add bulk until I was about 23-24. It didn't matter what I ate or how much I exercised....so I can only imagine what it's like for a 7 footer trying to add bulk in a body that isn't interested in that.
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:45 PM

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Saw this on another site. Thought it was fun and wanted to share...
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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:48 PM

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:51 PM

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:47 PM

Does it kinda look like Harden doesn't belong in that first one and just kinda hopped in? Haha
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:45 AM

It's very funny :D
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:04 PM

Good stuff!

I didn't want to even get in the discussion on the "Fire Morey and McHale thread", so I have a happy, although related thought to post here.

As this season goes on, I love McHale as a coach more and more every day. The more recent post on the front page in the daily blast even solidifies the feeling of respect and adoration for this guy, as a coach, that has been creeping up on me, day by day. I love his candor in the post-game interviews. I love his enthusiasm on the sidelines. I think he is having fun in his new role, and it shows, both through his attitude and through the willingness our players have to listen to him. This team is having a blast this year, so much fun, and it starts with McHale. This is what makes us the most dangerous, the camaraderie that our team is building will always give them the advantage over teams that are somewhat disfunctional (Lakers). All because of McHale. We have one of the youngest rosters in the league and are putting up league topping offensive numbers in a sick way, all because of McHale's coaching skills combined with Morey's recruiting skills. This same roster under ANY other coaching staff and front office in the league (save for San Antonio) would not be enjoying the success they are today, nor would they be having as much fun. All the money aside, it's about fun, and when our team shows they are having fun, then they become infectiously fun to watch.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:51 PM

I'm with ya, Alituro. I forget where I posted it recently, but I was looking at McHale's coaching history and saw that he is actually very successful. I presume it was in the morey, mchale thread...but not sure. Either way, it is getting easier to see the light at the end of the tunnel. As Hannibal from the A-Team would say, "I love it when a plan comes together".
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:43 PM

We can agree to disagree. Mchale has won 102 games and lost 112 as a coach. That's below average. Not sure what you are looking at and he is even worst as a gm. He is 63- 57 since coming to houston. This team has a lot of talent and scoring power. At times many of us pray that Mchale just don't lose the game for us. Morey has done his job in bringing the players together, but Mchale must be able bring them together as a team. Trust is a two way street. Once Mchale becomes more consistent with this team the Rockets will be hard to beat.
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