Friends, air your grievances

I’m growing increasingly concerned that since the switch to the new commenting interface, the overall quantity of comments left has drastically reduced from the amount of discussion we enjoyed with Disqus.  I’m curious as to the basis of this turn of events – Disqus may perhaps, it can be argued, be superior to this current manifestation of the new interface, but it’s not that far ahead.

The point is, in my eyes, the new interface is not inhibitive of discussion so I’m curious to hear from the group.  What is lacking and what can we add to make you feel comfortable once again?

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ESPN 5-on-5: Best and worst coaches in the NBA

via 5-on-5: Best and worst coaches in the NBA – ESPN:

As has been par for the course during his Rockets tenure, Rick Adelman has once again extracted maximum production from an unheralded bunch. After trading away two of last season’s starters and yet again losing Yao Ming, Adelman has a Kyle Lowry-led squad producing the NBA’s best offense since the break; that stands for something.

My take at the mothership on some pressing issues of debate.

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Huq’s Pen: Is Kyle Lowry a closer?

I tweeted this question last night and had been giving it thought since the Spurs win.  I think back to a TrueHoop article discussing Chris Paul’s role in giving the Hornets the NBA’s most efficient clutch-time offense.  Upon consideration of the term ‘closer,’ an image is instantly conjured of a ball-dominating quarterback, ala a Kobe or Deron Williams, someone in whose hands the spherical orbit is glued.  Kyle Lowry does not fit this description.  Yet I wonder, perhaps its his ability to make the right decision, and his gift of inside passing, coupled with the weapons around him in this system, that is creating that ‘closer’ effect.  At the end of the day, the vehicle for success is just the smart decision itself, not the process through which it is made.

Is Kyle Lowry a closer?

‘Huq’s Pen’ is a daily column of musings written by Red94 founder/editor, Rahat Huq.

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Highlight: Lowry fouls Zaza with his face.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji3HeQZUrUQ

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Introducing the ninetyfourums

After what has seemed like close to a year since the decision was made to incorporate a forum, the ninetyfourums are now up.  You can access the main forum page by clicking the ‘forums’ link on the banner or via www.red94.net/forums.  A few notes:

  1. Please take a moment to visit ESPN TrueHoop’s official Golden State Warriors affiliate, WarriorsWorld.net.  Many of you have asked me what the holdup has been on launching and my response is that we’re not just installing pre-existing forum software.  Johannes Erdfelt and Jim Del Favero custom-built this to integrate with the native WordPress platform.  This allows me to seamlessly interweave the blog itself (the main page) and the forums so that they aren’t independent entities.  I can now push blog posts into the forums so that they can be viewed/commented upon from both locations – this was important to me.
  2. Consider what is up there now to be a starting point: After delaying for so long, I felt it important to just get this running while some season actually remained.  There are still many more features/functions to be worked out/implemented as we progress.  For example, I’d like to add facebook-style live update functionality so that new replies can be seen without refreshing and replies can be posted directly via the same screen.  And of course, the overall aesthetic could use work.  Please leave any suggestions you may have in the Feedback forum.  But for now, bear with us and consider this a starting point to get discussion started.
  3. We’ve divided the forums into four sub-forums, so please post accordingly.  Also follow general forum guidelines. We have two moderators who I will be introducing shortly.
  4. To post, you will need to register a username.  This name will also be used for blog comments.

I hope you guys enjoy and I hope this can grow into a spot for intelligent discussion.

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