More thoughts on the coaching change and management’s motives

I’ve been hearing and reading a lot of negativity regarding the Rockets recent decision not to re-sign Rick Adelman, fans and commenters calling for Morey’s head (so to speak) and suggesting the move was a colossal (to put it nicely) mistake.

This line of thinking seems to come from the assumption of the Rockets’ motives as the standard reaction to a disappointing season: that the team’s performance didn’t meet expectations and that this therefore must be the fault of the coach.

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Ninetyfourums relaunch

As you can see, we took down Ninetyfourums v1.0 and brought back Disqus for the blog.  The number of comments seem to reflect your appreciation of that decision.

While we revamp the custom forum, there needs to be space for discussion with the Adelman firing, the playoffs, and the upcoming draft.  Thus, we’ve installed a new forum, out-of-the-box, for that purpose.  This one’s a bit more intuitive and more in-line with what you are probably used to using.

You can access the forums by navigating to or by clicking ‘forums’ on the banner.  (We’ve also removed the animation from the banner due to complaints of load-time.)  Take 2: hopefully this will be a bit more amenable to your needs.

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Huq’s Pen: On the curious Adelman situation

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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Posted Up: Playoff-Predicting Podcast Edition(s)

Jacob Mustafa and Eric Todd discuss the NBA Playoff picture and other things.


Boston-New York Orlando-Atlanta

MVP Lakers-New Orleans

Oklahoma City-Denver San Antonio-Memphis


Finals Prediction?

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Huq’s Pen: Random Thoughts

  • Disqus is back and we’re taking down the forum.  We’ll be installing one of the standard forum plugins to use over the offseason (while keeping Disqus for the blog) while we rehaul our custom-forum.  The goal is to have it ready for next season.
  • Adelman: really, it’s looking like he’s gone.  That sounds like a terrible decision on the face of things.  And it probably is.  But I think you can at least understand the rationale.  If you’re not planning to win big, why pay big?  We also know Les likes to look smart and go for the hidden gem.  The last time he tried it, he struck gold [finding Daryl Morey.]  If the team uncovers some young analytics-inclined assistant, and can pay him $600,000 a year, is that necessarily a bad thing?  It might serve to make management more efficient with a coach actually willing to look over the data the geeks print out.

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