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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Huq’s Pen: The Yao Premise

I wrote some time ago that I hoped the Rockets would make a clean break from the Yao era and move on, not bringing back the large man.  Several of you disagreed, citing that with minimal expectations, there was little to lose.  I’m still struggling to understand this reasoning but I wonder if we’re all even operating from the same basic assumptions.

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This week we try to make sense of the Houston Rockets’ and Rick Adelman’s recent divorce and find reasons why their separation is not our fault. Also, we discuss what the future might hold for both parties. Click the link below to hear all about it.

Posted Up Podcast: On Rick Adelman

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

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In even more “Holy Christ, we need a coach!” news, the Houston Rockets are unsurprisingly (and thankfully) taking a run at Dallas Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey. Via Marc Stein:

Sources said that Casey is one of the more serious candidates on a long list of potential Houston targets to replace Rick Adelman, which stems partly from the Rockets’ high regard for Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. Casey came to Dallas with Carlisle to run the Mavs’ defense starting with the 2008-09 season after posting a record of 53-69 in 1½ seasons as head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The 54-year-old Casey has been waiting for second shot at a top job since being dismissed by Minnesota with a record of 20-20 during the 2006-07 season. He narrowly missed out on coaching jobs last summer with the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers and ranks as one of the league’s most highly rated assistants.

Casey appears to be the tough-minded, over-prepared captain that every team with a roster of discombobulated parts could use to man their suddenly adrift ship (ANALOGY). Because of this, apparently every team that desperately could have used one of those (Clippers, Hawks, post-conference-finals Timberwolves) has passed up on Casey; it would only make sense that the wunderkind Daryl Morey would be the first NBA GM to know exactly how great of a choice Casey would make.

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Rockets hot in pursuit of Mike Brown…?

Yahoo! Sports:

Meanwhile, ESPN reports that the Rockets are in “hot pursuit” of former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, who compiled a record of 272-138 over five seasons there. The site notes, though, that the Detroit Pistons andIndiana Pacers “will also be in play” for his services.

The direct source is a chat transcript from Chad Ford, not an actual news/insider report, so take that for what it is worth.  While it’s hard to take any Morey decision on its surface, a Mike Brown hiring would be tough to swallow; his lack of creativity in guiding the Cavs was rather disgusting from a spectating perspective.

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