Reflecting back on the Michael Beasley era

I have no shame in admitting that Michael Beasley was probably my favorite player on the Houston Rockets last season.  At times, he looked like the team’s second best player.  I tweeted sometime late in the year, when the “tank or playoffs?” debate was raging, that I wanted the Rockets to make the postseason for no other reason than to ensure four more games of watching Beasley.  I was only partially kidding.  Yes, I had given up on the year, but there were times when I’d flip away to a different channel unless Beasley was playing.  I found him that entertaining.

On Thursday, Houston traded Beasley to the Milwaukee Bucks for guard Tyler Ennis in a deal that made perfect sense, despite the fact that I and everyone else I know hated it.  Beasley was the only other player on the team, besides Harden, who could create his own shot.  I noticed, along with many of you, that he seemed to be, strangely, the only player to whom Harden at times, would willingly defer.  With his mid-range shooting, ball handling, and ability to punish smaller defenders on the block, the Beasley-Harden pick and roll was a glimpse of hope the team seemed to stumble upon accidentally, and didn’t utilize nearly enough (because, of course…).  Before the Ryan Anderson signing, many of us hoped that combination might be a weapon heading into next season that a better tactician might have been able to utilize.

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Is Patrick Beverley a “lockdown defender”?

A video from bballbreakdown.com made the rounds earlier in the week, even garnering a retweet from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.  It professed to elucidate the viewer as to why Patrick Beverley is a “lockdown defender.”

The narrator zeroes in visually on Beverley’s tactics, underscoring a low and wide stance which he explains is a break from established fundamentals.  The narrator surmises that its this unorthodox approach which is the catalyst for Beverley’s productivity.

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On Yao, the current path, and the CBA

  • The feeling I observed a few weeks back from Cowboys fans upon news of Tony Romo’s latest injury was a familiar one.  I felt that way too after the injury that forced Yao Ming to finally give in and hang it up.  It’s a strange place when losing the player that represents hopes of accomplishing anything of significance triggers, not impending doom, but rather, casual resignation.  Its a realization that the writing is on the wall and that it is time to move on.  In those days, I am partially ashamed to admit, I had advocated trading Yao to reclaim any value he may have had; I did not think he would ever be able to stay healthy.  Ashamed because of the ambassador for the game he turned out to be – a reality only reinforced through the hindsight benefit (or misfortune) of witnessing the dramatic end of the Dwight Howard era.  But trading Yao, if possible, would have been the right basketball move.  Who knows, however, if they ever would have explored it given the foreign business opportunities the big man’s presence on the roster opened up for the big boss.

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