As has surely been apparent, I’ve been beefing up the roster for the past month in preparation for what is expected to be a turnaround year for the Houston Rockets. Accordingly, I’m excited to introduce Huay-Bing Law, the newest addition to the team. As the Red94 video editor, Huay will compile highlights from each game next season for embedding within Rockets Daily. In addition, he will produce a weekly ‘Top 10′ and a ‘Player of the Month’ feature. He also has an on-the-ground interview piece in development for the season.
- In Istanbul, there is a man playing the best basketball in the world. Well, he’s scoring a lot of points anyway. Primarily against one of the NBA’s best post defenders in Anderson Varejao, Luis Scola channeled the divine and poured 37 points upon the heads of the weary Brazilians, who watched the lumbering power forward hit every shot he took in the fourth quarter. The Scolaratti certainly have had their arguments in favor of the Divine Argentine’s contract validated by his ridiculously impressive showing in the World Championship, but a few have noted that the incredibly high usage rate of Scola by his national team may leave his energy depleted going into the season (although Daryl Morey seems to think he’s doing just fine). Regardless of contract talk, Scola’s brilliance in this tournament cannot be denied, and as he flourishes in his prime, ESPN’s Chris Sheridan notes that almost nothing can go wrong for Scola right now: “Scola then was fouled on the ensuing inbounds play with 1.2 seconds left (in the game), made the first free throw and tried to intentionally miss the second in order to let the clock run out. Instead, it banked off the glass and went in to provide the final 4-point margin.”
- I’ve never been mistaken as being hard-working, but I’m certainly not lazy either: I arise promptly at 5 on a daily basis, weekends included, and I shower regularly without fail. Yet one domain where my ethic, or perhaps more appropriately, will, is lacking is that of food preparation. I just don’t have the stomach to spend even more than the bare minimum amount of time to create a meal. (Yes, the pun was intended.) I think it goes back to a compulsive need to over-rationalize all of my daily actions. I feel dirty spending more than five minutes preparing a sandwich that will take 30 seconds to consume, regardless of the enjoyment. This mentality is very unhealthy. In fact, I should probably seek help of some sort. Nevertheless, due to this intrusive thought process, most of my home-prepared meals taste like utter ****. (This is no way to live.) For most of my adult life, a sandwich consisted of two pieces of bread, a slice of meat, a slice of cheese, and some mayo. I never took the time to cut up vegetables. Even the shredded pre-packaged ones, I was just too lazy to have to unzip and zip another bag in that process of meal preparation. Anyways, I decided to go to the edge a bit last week and treat myself to a bag of shredded lettuce. Things were looking up regarding some circumstances in my life and I thought “why not live a little?” I sprinkled it on and by God, the taste of that first sandwich was orgasmic. (ok, it wasn’t really that great, but when you’ve been eating what amounts to cardboard for the last 25 years, your taste buds gain a certain sensitivity.) I’ve been using lettuce ever since and have a newfound enjoyment for lunch. Which leads me to my main point which I’ll create another bullet for…
- The final highlight of McGrady as a Rocket was appropriately brutal. For a man that had made “Houston Rockets” a YouTube search staple thanks to his ability to do things people shouldn’t be able to in 35 seconds, coming across the lane and putting one in the face of Tyrus Thomas should not have been an accomplishment that had to be lauded or elicited much hope. But, in 08-09, after weeks of questioning whether this team’s Big Three (such a mistake in concept that sports memorabilia are probably the best ways to have ever seen the three of them together) would ever be able to see the court together, seeing No. 1 springboard, even awkwardly and jarringly, anywhere felt downright inspirational. Things could be done. Line-ups could be penciled in. Titles could be discussed. Alas, looking back, it wasn’t much of a highlight. He looks unsure every moment of the drive, even as he saunters past Luol Deng, and almost falls backward after the dunk, barely avoiding the hovering Thomas’ hands that would have inevitably turned this last moment of glory into the demoralization it would eventually cause. The team’s reaction certainly couldn’t be called victorious; Yao Ming seems genuinely confused as to what has just taken place, and young contributors like Aaron Brooks and Carl Landry just seemed shocked, realizing that guy they saw in Adidas ads as a Magic really was their teammate. Only McGrady saw redemption in this moment, as evidenced in the sneer he projects a little too long in the face of Thomas, as maybe Tracy thought this was only the first of many jangling dunks en route to his first ring, or at least playoff success. As depressing and hollow as Tracy McGrady’s career has been, there isn’t much more tragic than looking at the high hopes of someone so obviously doomed. Read More
I’m very excited to introduce Ye Tao. As the newest voice of the Red94 team, Ye will be writing editorial content in Chinese on the Red94-Chinese page.
In addition, Ye has coordinated an effort between Red94 and Hoopchina to address the latter’s goal of providing prompt, first-hand information to the Chinese audience. Under Ye’s supervision, Hoopchina will translate all Red94 works for posting upon both sites. Ye will also guide interaction between myself and Chinese readers through an arrangement with Hoopchina where I will address responses from their boards directly on the Red94-Chinese page.
A little about our newest contributor:
“I was pretty much born as a boring math guy. When every child was running around in the playground, I started to entertain myself at home with all kinds of math-related books. After moving to Canada in the mid-90s, I won a number of national competitions and was invited to the Math and Physics International Olympiad team training camp. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 2004, I worked in Toronto for a few years as a program analyst before deciding to go to Europe to pursue a degree in Analytical Mathematics; this is what I am currently still doing.
While my first exposure to Rockets basketball was Hakeem Olajuwon in the 1995 NBA Finals, I started following the team much more closely in 2002 when a certain big man was drafted. Since then, the team culture has won me over and I have started to regard myself as a real Rockets fan.
With Morey taking over the GM role in 2006/07, I suddenly gained awareness of the potential impact of analytics upon sports. (No, I didn’t know about Billy Beane before Morey came to the Rockets.) I have tried to model my thinking from that angle regarding anything basketball-related ever since. Hopefully there is something I can take from his page upon completion of my degree and my entrance into the real world.”
Ye’s first piece, ‘A Peak into Morey’s Statistical World’, is now up on Red94-Chinese.
我在此很兴奋的向大家介绍陶冶， 我们的第一位中文作者。 作为Red94团队的最新一员， 陶冶将主要负责Red94中午版的撰稿工作。
除此以外， 陶冶将负责协调和友好网站HoopChina 的合作， 以便向HoopChina 的同志们提供及时准确的第一手火箭信息。 陶冶将和虎扑的翻译团队一起， 负责将中午版的Red94文章同时在HoopChina 和Red94 发布， 并帮助所有的中文读者和Red94的英文作者在Red94中文版上进行互动和交流。
“俺是作为一个典型的废柴宅男降生在这个世界的。 从小就习惯了呆在小黑屋里一边划圈圈一边看书的结果， 就是我在篮球场上被称为“所有对手的救星”之后， 终于下定决心， 貌似在场边YY比在场上被别人YY是更适合我的工作。。。 在90年代中跑到北美以后， 我靠着自己的眼镜厚度赢了几次加拿大的数学和物理竞赛并被邀请参加奥林匹克训练营。 而这更坚定了我以莫雷为榜样， 坚持数据分析一百年不动摇的人生目标。 — 在北美工作数年后， 目前某废柴在欧洲攻读数学分析学位中。
我和火箭队的第一次亲密接触来自于95年的总决赛。 当然， 02年大姚来到火箭决定了这支休斯敦的队伍(而不是离我住的地方不到100公里的猛龙)成为了我的主队. 在接下来的几年时间中， 我从姚蜜渐渐变成了姚蜜+火蜜， 然后在莫雷来到火箭之后， 又变成了姚蜜+火蜜+莫蜜。 莫雷的到来， 让我头一次发现了数学分析对职业体育的作用和影响可以有多么巨大（嗯， 在那之前，某废柴并不知道棒球的比利-比恩的故事。。。), 也因此更加强了我想莫前辈偷师并致敬的愿望。 这也是为啥我目前的兴趣主要集中在劳资协定分析以及球员数据分析方面的原因。”
陶冶的首篇文章， “让我们来偷窥一把莫雷的数学分析世界(一) — 从火箭每场比赛的团队目标开始”， 已经于近日在Red94中文版上发表。