So Yahoo! Sports confirmed the worst kept secret in Rockets basketball: the reality that Rick Adelman most probably will not be asked to return. They cite the HOFer’s unwillingness to “play their young players and embrace their creativity in the free-agent market,” (quotations emphasized for my personal befuddlement) as reason for the inevitable fall-out.
This is curious though I am torn overall with my feelings. First, I’m not even sure what ‘creativity in the free-agent market’ is supposed to mean. My only guess would be, and come to think of it, this would make sense, that Rick grew wary of the club’s policy of not extending players and allowing the market to dictate price. You can see how this might frustrate a coach; the Aaron Brooks situation certainly would not have turned so ugly had the point guard been extended. Having said that, were this truly a cause, I side with Morey: flexibility in the market should be top consideration for a non-contender hoping to rebuild its ways. The last thing this organization needs is to tie itself down with bad contracts (see: the Dawson era) in some hope for ‘stability.’
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Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Wednesday, 7:00pm CST @ Target Center
All in-game & post-game discussion goes in here.
As much as I used to abuse the word, I have to admit that “soft”, a word that is common parlance among the NBA-initiated, exists in a peculiarly basketball-related stratosphere of sports. In the world of a more violent, well defined sport such as football, the word would simply never be uttered by the sport’s fans, as inherent toughness is as accepted of a standard as any, slightly behind steroid usage and general hugeness. Still, the word has earned such power in the context of today’s NBA; any player above the height of 6’7″ must immediately be measured by its twofold rubric, and those who fail find themselves on an endless path back toward respectability, generally only concluded with rings (and even Pau Gasol still hears that noise). The emasculation apparent in the designation does not go by idly, as Chris Bosh likely nightly attempts to wash away the stink of being the NBA’s “RuPaul” with wads of money and Cuban girls. For the others not so fortunate to be as, well, good as Bosh, “softness” just festers, leading to gross overreactions to prove the possession of male genitalia or post-retirement flurries about the softness of some team that actually still plays basketball. In sports, machismo rules all, and in a sport where most of that magical trait has to be displayed through hand gestures after made shots and chest-puffery, it has led to a mostly useless term intended to mock those without the requisite amount of said machismo, even the best of players. And Dirk Nowitzki is most certainly among the best of players. Read More
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