I had been writing a much longer post but then realized that this was a topic that needed its own post/discussion.  So the longer post waits for now.  I was basically running through the different variables in this team’s future with regard to its path for success. One was the coaching situation and the time needed to adapt to a change.  I initially assumed the team would hire an assistant and implement Adelman’s system: that route would make far too much sense due to the success this team had to close last year.  Why throw all of that away and start over, losing even more time?  We know it leads to wins so why not keep it going?

Then I got to thinking, the above is a fairly myopic viewpoint.  Short-term success is not the objective.  If it takes a year to get down a new system, so be it.  The objective should be to implement a scheme that will help lead to a title.

So my first question is whether you agree with what I just said.  If you don’t, then I assume you believe that you either a) don’t feel any NBA season should be constructively “wasted”, if even for the greater good or b) are tired of losing and want more of that taste of success we got last season.

My second question is whether you can win a title with Adelman’s offense.  Using it, the team had the league’s best offense and a top-10 defense.  So one would believe you can.  But perhaps Morey’s numbers indicate otherwise and that was a reason for the firing.  I don’t know, I’m wondering aloud.

So the overall question is whether you want to see the team just continue running Adelman’s offense and trying to build off of last year or whether you would like to see a clean start with something new.  Discuss.

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Posted-Up Playoff Podcast: Round 2

This week we discuss Tony Parker’s connection to poultry, J.J Barea’s public persona, why everyone has forgotten the Spurs and how the upcoming Miami-Boston series could be even more exciting.

Posted-Up Playoff Podcast: Round Deux

Posted Up is a regular conversation between friends and red94 contributors Jacob Mustafa and Eric Todd.

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I don’t mean the title query in a smug, rhetorical sense; I’m asking sincerely – did we learn anything?  Post-Melo, all we heard were the merits of ‘team-ball’, with the Nuggets getting it done in impressive fashion upon the departure of their celebrated star.  ”They’re better now!  A 5-man team is beautiful ball!” rang the chorus.  Maybe the Thunder still beat Denver even with Melo. Perhaps so. But the fact remains that Durant and Westbrook outclassed a hapless Nuggets team without star-power.  Is correlation a basis for causation?  I’ve always been steadfast in my belief of stars as requisite for success.  But is this further proof?  (On the other hand, some might point to New York’s failure as the counter-argument; however, I never said stars were sufficient for success.  You need role-players too, which the Knicks did not have.)

Sadly, I feel there is too much evidence that this Rockets team will not rise from irrelevance until their luck turns and an elite component falls to their laps.

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I’ve always wanted to be one of the Mavens of the world, diligently vetting my choices as a consumer, employee and general human being, but alas, I always come up short because I am an inconceivably lazy man. When I should look into deals on groceries in my neighborhood, I instead buy water and beer at CVS. As bills seem to arbitrarily rise month-to-month and my money accordingly disappears, I just buy less water and booze.

Thankfully, the man in complete control of the future of the Houston Rockets is not at all like me. No, Daryl Morey does his due diligence, seeks out his options and, when deciding which man will stalk the sidelines at Toyota Center next October, makes educated decisions based on the information gathered from a wide array of sources. Very wide. As in, “Daryl Morey is interviewing anyone without a job”-wide. Via ESPN:

Kevin McHale will join a long list of cadidates interviewing for the Houston Rockets coaching job, Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday.

A Hall of Famer as a player, McHale coached the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2005 and from 2008-09. He also served as the team’s general manager.

Former Rockets guard Sam Cassell, as well as former Oklahoma and Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson, will also interview, KRIV-TV in Houston reported Tuesday. [read more...]

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Post-game interview notes

As is known, this season marked my first time in an NBA lockerroom.  Here are some notes on individual players:

  • Chuck Hayes – Easily my favorite guy on the team to interview.  Chuck is not only polite and courteous, but he is ‘raw.’  He actually internalizes his responses.  He’s also the guy who most made me consider the human element of basketball; after a loss, while everyone is affected, Chuck looks like he lost a family member.  Usually joking, he sits slumped in his corner chair, dejected, as if the season itself were completely over.  I now understand what it means to have a veteran presence in the lockerroom.

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