The Red94 Podcast: The most boring episode so far

Today’s was one of the more underwhelming episodes we’ve had in some time, with not much going on, but we did discuss the impact the Team USA experience might have on James Harden.  Also, you know how when the battery in a fire alarm gets close to dying and so the alarm keeps beeping intermittently?  Yeah, that is going on right now in my apartment, where this was recorded.

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  • thejohnnygold says 3 weeks ago

    Really?

    So we should already start an Asik thread here at Red94 while Asik and his teammates are scheming on ways to defeat us this upcoming seaon?

    wow.............................

    Look, you are correct that this should probably be in the general NBA thread/forum. That being said, the conversation naturally progressed that direction and it was not that long ago Asik was a Rocket. Further, it all came up in discussing the future Pellies first round pick we are getting that Asik, like it or not, will have a say in determining its' value. I'm sorry the topic offends you, but your posts are not contributing to the discussion.

    Do you not think that any of this has relevance for the Rockets or their fans? Strange that so many of us are interested in discussing it...

    Bottom line--please stop attacking posters for topics that you don't see value in. That's the moderators' job :lol:

  • rocketrick says 3 weeks ago Really?

    So we should already start an Asik thread here at Red94 while Asik and his teammates are scheming on ways to defeat us this upcoming seaon?

    wow.............................
  • timetodienow1234567 says 3 weeks ago Why comment if you don't want to discuss it?
  • rocketrick says 3 weeks ago

    That second one is fairly bold. With guys like Jordan, Noah, Gasol, and Howard, all having established defensive reputations plus players like Drummond, Hibbert (I know...I know...), and Cousins (if he ever figures out he could dominate both ends) sneaking into the mix I think Asik will have a tough time getting enough votes. It's the hair...and he doesn't make memorable plays. Watching him play for an entire season--we get it. I think many voters/fans are still wary of advanced metrics and seeing his consistent, expert technique and under-rated strength takes effort...something I think many voters simply won't give to the matter.

    If I were to guess right now, I'd say Noah gets first and Dwight gets second. :)


    It's rare when a player on a team that misses the playoffs happens to make one of the NBA's honor lists at the end of the season.

    Personally, who cares? Asik?

    He's no longer a Rocket, why is this even a discussion or a thought?
  • rocketrick says 3 weeks ago

    I think most people by now have come around on Asik's value. Not an unknown anymore like he was when Houston first signed him.


    I'm happy for Asik, just proves Morey bought into his value.

    Still, why are we even talking about Asik?

    Must be a quiet summer in H-Town.
  • Red94 says 3 weeks ago

    Am I the only one who believes that Davis(fair or not) will get all the defensive credit with his blocks?

    I think most people by now have come around on Asik's value. Not an unknown anymore like he was when Houston first signed him.

  • thenit says 3 weeks ago @RBF I said if they end up in that seed Asik would be a contender for making second all defensive team. I think if they are all healthy there is a chance but everything have to go their way to get that seed. I think Asik will make a huge difference form that team and it will be hard for any team to get points in the paint against them.
  • rockets best fan says 3 weeks ago

    @thenit

    you think the Pelicans will be a 5-6 seed in the playoffs next year? I disagree. even if they manage to stay healthy which is a BIG IF, the west simply has to many well established teams for them to make that kind of noise IMO. Holiday is decent, but he's no game changer and neither is Tyreke. Gordon is only a shell of the player who was once thought of as a star player. they have a nice front court, but there is so much work to do in other areas I just don't see them making that kind of jump this year

  • Cooper says 3 weeks ago

    More than likely, he will make the wow plays but it will also be tough to ignore that the pells were poor defensively when he was making those plays last year and that asik is a key difference if they improve.

  • timetodienow1234567 says 3 weeks ago Am I the only one who believes that Davis(fair or not) will get all the defensive credit with his blocks?
  • thenit says 3 weeks ago

    That second one is fairly bold. With guys like Jordan, Noah, Gasol, and Howard, all having established defensive reputations plus players like Drummond, Hibbert (I know...I know...), and Cousins (if he ever figures out he could dominate both ends) sneaking into the mix I think Asik will have a tough time getting enough votes. It's the hair...and he doesn't make memorable plays. Watching him play for an entire season--we get it. I think many voters/fans are still wary of advanced metrics and seeing his consistent, expert technique and under-rated strength takes effort...something I think many voters simply won't give to the matter.

    If I were to guess right now, I'd say Noah gets first and Dwight gets second. :)

    I agree that Asik strengths are noticed if you watch every single game of him, he won't end up on sportscenter for a highlight block. However I think there is a chance if the pelicans end up making the playoffs as a 5-6 seed. Gasol was named DPOY and he isn't spectacular either just great positioning and defends the pick and roll well like Asik. Asik probably one of the best guarding the ball handler in a shift. His footwork is amazing.

  • thejohnnygold says 3 weeks ago

    Co-signed on Asik leading the league in rebounding.

    Here's another one: Asik makes 2nd team All-Defense.

    That second one is fairly bold. With guys like Jordan, Noah, Gasol, and Howard, all having established defensive reputations plus players like Drummond, Hibbert (I know...I know...), and Cousins (if he ever figures out he could dominate both ends) sneaking into the mix I think Asik will have a tough time getting enough votes. It's the hair...and he doesn't make memorable plays. Watching him play for an entire season--we get it. I think many voters/fans are still wary of advanced metrics and seeing his consistent, expert technique and under-rated strength takes effort...something I think many voters simply won't give to the matter.

    If I were to guess right now, I'd say Noah gets first and Dwight gets second. :)

  • Red94 says 3 weeks ago

    Co-signed on Asik leading the league in rebounding.

    Here's another one: Asik makes 2nd team All-Defense.

  • thejohnnygold says 3 weeks ago

    Anderson is getting traded as soon as he shows his neck is healthy. They want Davis at PF which means Anderson and his $8M+ salary for the next two years has got to go. He has always been a coveted trade piece and they should have little trouble moving him even after the neck injury.

  • Cooper says 3 weeks ago

    Yeah I don't think that it would be optimizing his abilities but looking at their roster if reke has to be at the 2. luke babbit or darius miller can't be your starter.

  • Johnny Rocket says 3 weeks ago

    Cooper--I believe that NO tried Anderson at the 3 last year in very limited minutes, and it was a bit of disaster. He's way too slow to guard wings, and having him play the 3 limits his value: it is relatively easy to find wing players who shoot threes, but a lot more to find 4s who do the same.

  • Cooper says 3 weeks ago

    Could they put Anderson at the 3? He's a poor defender at the 4 anyway so maybe its worth a look especially when gordon is hurt and Reke has to play the 2. They're a little depth and Davis development from being a playoff team but they aren't the pushover they used to be.

  • Johnny Rocket says 3 weeks ago

    Yes, Davis has a jumper--and if I were the Rockets and any other team, I'd just love for him to shoot it all night long (as opposed to dunks, post-ups, and inside shots that JG referred to). Also keep in mind that Griffin, at this point, is a better passer than Davis, and the Clips have the luxury of having the best PG in the league to keep the ball moving, so a Griffn/Jordan pairing works fine. And there is a big opportunity cost for playing Asik and Davis together--Ryan Anderson (one of the best stretch 4s in the game) has to sit if Asik plays. If today's NBA offenses are all about spacing, Asik is going to be a liability on that end for a team like NO.

  • thejohnnygold says 3 weeks ago

    Not very bold prediction: Asik leads the league in rebounding next year. Davis' jumpshot is pretty and has a nice arc--right now it doesn't go in at a high enough percentage, but his form is good and I think he'll be fine. The only drawback is Davis is lethal near the basket shooting 70% on FG's within 3 feet. Moving him away from there is not what you want to do. Still, it only made up 40% of his total shots last season. We'll see...I have no doubt every Western Conference team is going to be keeping one eye on them moving forward.

  • rockets best fan says 3 weeks ago

    @TTDN

    I agree Davis does have a jumper. Johnny Rocket when is the last time you took a look at Davis?Davis and Asik will be a perfect match. N.O. problem is they can't stay healthy. Gordon and Holiday are to injuries looking for a place to happen and it's starting to rub off on Rek. however the frontcourt is handled. Davis and Asik will make noise.

  • timetodienow1234567 says 3 weeks ago Davis has a jumper.
  • Johnny Rocket says 3 weeks ago

    I'm not sure about New Orleans. Zack Lowe had a good piece about NBA Big Men a few weeks ago. The gist is that you must have at least one big man who can space the floor to a certain degree (the Clips are a partial exception to this, but Griffin is a good passer and has developed a competent mid-range game). Asik will make it easier for teams to double Davis down low, and Asik's total lack of ball handling will really hurt on a team without a lot of play makers. If Asik/Howard didn't work, I'm not sure why Asik/Davis will be such a great success.

  • rockets best fan says 4 weeks ago

    @Rahat

    I agree. I think the Pellies get off to a good start too, but I expect injuries to derail them at some point. to avoid the pick losing any value I expect Morey to move it asap. that's why I think he is already trying to pull the trigger to trade.

  • Red94 says 4 weeks ago

    RBF: While I agree the Pelicans won't make the playoffs, I think they will be in the mix in contention for the 9th or 8th seed, from the get-go. My point was that I think it will become clear pretty fast that that pick likely won't be a high lottery.

  • rockets best fan says 4 weeks ago

    good podcast guys. it is slow this time of year isn't it? throwing Harden a bone huh :lol:I agree Forrestthat the perception is that the Rockets will have a drop off this year nationally. however I disagree one will happen. Rahat I disagree we will feel any affect from losing Lin. I see your point on Asik and I agree Ariza is a replacementfor Parsons. we have had this discussion in another thread, but IMO Lin was a below average player. even if we end up replacing him with another below average player, unless said player is totally useless it's likely we can get at least Lin's production from him.

    Rahat I agree I'm puzzled why there has been no coaching hire. I also agree on the impact of the move.

    Forrest I totally disagree on the Phoenix situation. while I do think they intended to have a 3 PG system in the beginning, I think Bledsoe's situation has complicated matters. with the offer they gave him they were hoping to keep he and Dragic together with Dragic accepting a contract in the same rangenext year. that way they couldhave all 3 for 32 mil per. however paying Bledsoe more than that also means paying Dragic more than that. if they sign Bledsoe for even near what he wants you can bet Dragic will do the same. if that 3 PGbackcourt cost 40-42 mil per all of a sudden it isn't a very good idea. it consumes to much of the cap to improve the team through anything but draft picks or trades. if they sign Bledsoe they will trade Dragic before they have to pay him. if they trade Bledsoe (which is a real possibility right now) they will offer Dragic what they are offering Bledsoe right now. IMO Phoenix is stuck where Houston was a few years ago (good enough to make a run at the playoffs, but not good enough to get in). if they spend all their money on PG's they will be in that position for a long time. I think they know that. Rahat I think the Pellies pick along with expiring contracts and some smaller assets can get the trade done without T-Jones for either Dragic or Bledsoe (whichever Phoenix ends up moving) or Rondo. PG market is flooded right now. they don't carry the weight they use toeven ifthey are elite.

    Rahat the Pellies aren't going to make the playoffs next year. the west is just to good. I expect that pick will fall about 10-13, but I agree the unknown makes it more appealing now. I disagree with both you guys on a trade. Morey already has the pump primed. I expect us to make a trade before the season. what we are looking for is on the marketnow(PG) I bet Morey is already trying to make a move.