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The Red94 Podcast: Episode 53

In today’s episode, Forrest Walker and I discuss James Harden’s proclamation that he himself is the best all-around player in the NBA.


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  • rzm says 1 month ago

    Love the podcast. What's with the AUDIO? Why is Forrest Walker's voice so much louder than Rahat Huq's voice? I always love your conversation and learn a lot from your insights, but I spend the whole ride to work turning the volume UP and DOWN and UP and DOWN. Every time Rahat speaks, I have to turn the volume way up just to hear what he's saying, then when Forrest speaks, I rush to turn it back down before it blasts my eardrums. Just an observation. Mucho respect.

  • rockets best fan says 1 month ago

    @rocketrick

    while I do believe some have gone overboard, Harden does deserve some criticism. if he was unable to improve I would be more incline to forgive his faults, however lack of focus is more his problem and that to me is within his power to change

  • rocketrick says 1 month ago

    @rocketrick
    where do I stand on Harden? actually in Harden's corner, but I'm not going to pretend I haven't heard this dedication to defense stuff from Harden before. until he proves it to me it sounds like IDLE GOSSIP. perhaps you believe Harden is perfect..........I don't. while I love him as a player and member of this team, I want him to improve his game. you don't do that by talking. actions speak louder than words. Harden has the potential to be much better than he currently is. I know that's a growth process, but he will still show me how much he has grown by his actions. then and only then will I believe he has changed


    Actually, I don't believe Harden is perfect. However, as young as he is and due to the fact he has only been a Rocket for 22 months, I don't believe he deserves near the level of criticism being thrown his way on these boards.
  • rockets best fan says 1 month ago

    @rocketrick

    where do I stand on Harden? actually in Harden's corner, but I'm not going to pretend I haven't heard this dedication to defense stuff from Harden before. until he proves it to me it sounds like IDLE GOSSIP. perhaps you believe Harden is perfect..........I don't. while I love him as a player and member of this team, I want him to improve his game. you don't do that by talking. actions speak louder than words. Harden has the potential to be much better than he currently is. I know that's a growth process, but he will still show me how much he has grown by his actions. then and only then will I believe he has changed

  • thejohnnygold says 1 month ago

    Finally listened to this one. I was with you guys up until the discussion of fan-types came around. I'm sure you didn't mean to sound so.....superiorto most everyone else, but you kind of did. I know it was a giant, sweeping generalization, but there really seems to be a lack of self-awareness here. Apparently, if there is no championship potential then "why watch" at all? I guess we all need crystal balls so that we can know whether or not to bother watching the season. If we aren't going to win it all then what are we doing???? Come on, guys...

    I know that isn't what you mean (perhaps it is?), but it really comes off as pretentiousness. People watch because they love it. They watch because it is an interesting, fun, exciting experience that elicits memories of joy and pain with the promise that new memories are going to come. What you allow your mind to do during that process is personal and there is no right or wrong.

    Count me among those who are less concerned about a championship--not because I lack the depth of understanding....not because I don't think about all the things you listed....not because I am overly attached to "my guys" and just want to sit and watch them run in circles throwing a ball. It is because I trust the people whose job it is to worry about such things to do their jobs.

    Sure, we all want to win championships. Perhaps the impotent struggle to command one into existence appeals more to some than it does to others....I recognize my role in this equation. It is to enjoy the show--for better or worse--and grouse about it in between games. If watching is a waste of time without winning it all then there would be no league at all. There would be 2 teams: The Globetrotters and the Generals. We all know how fun that is to watch.

    Perhaps I am missing the point, as I recognize why Morey does what he does and not only accept it, but appreciate it. I love having him in charge of the team because it means we are in good hands and, win or lose, good season or bad, the team is doing its best top-to-bottom. What more can one reasonably expect?

    There is more joy in the not-knowing than one will ever find in preordained outcomes. Who among us has never held onto that poker hand for just a little too long chasing a straight? Who hasn't thought to themselves, "I'm pretty sure I can do it" right before trying something stupid and risky. Who hasn't tried food that, upon first inspection, does not look appealing? We constantly seek out new experiences for this reason--we aren't sure and want to find out. Yes, we have our creature comforts, but a world full of known commodities sounds like Hell on Earth to me.

    I understand that for Morey, a world ruled by numbers--cold, unyielding data and dollars--is necessary. That's fine if someone wants to sit and observe from that same perch (I sit there myself at times). Ultimately, try not to lose sight of what we all share--sitting on the edge of our seats and waiting to see what happens next. If a person wants to believe it's about anything else except that I think they are just fooling themselves. However we each choose to build our block-castles, we all share the same joy in watching them tumble to the ground as we bombard them with whatever "artillery" we can find. That's the experience. The rest is details.

    The bottom line is, I have been watching Rockets basketball championship-free since the 1995-96 season (full time since about 1985) and I don't regret a minute of it. I will love it when we win it all again and that euphoric feeling will be so incredibly cathartic as 20+ years of joy and anguish all come bubbling up into that single moment. I can only imagine how hollow it might feel for fans who invest themselves otherwise-- and now I sound pretentious :rolleyes:

  • rocketrick says 1 month ago

    @Rahat/Forrest
    WHAT!!!!! no fuel on the J-Lin subject :lol:as for Harden I agree Forrest......coach K can rave all he wants, until Harden produces it for the Rockets it sounds like idle gossip. Rahat I agree on JVG. Forrest I agree Parsons being left off team USA should have been expected. I'm surprised thatPlumlee made the team too. Rahat I totally agree that Minny got lucky with Love. they messed up when they signed him last time and turned that into an impressive haul. sometimes the deck is just stack in your favor. I agree with both you guys about Parsons and players like him being overpaid. it seems MAX is the new in thing :unsure:

    Rahat I totally agree on Morey's approach to what constitutes a championship caliber team. I also agree Harden, D-12 and Parson were not championship caliber as the big three. I agree Rahat the goal of watching the game is to see your team win the championship. I love the sport, however that doesn't water down the goal. Forrest I think your analogy of the average fan is very accurate in why they watch the game. I also agree Les and Morey have championship as a goal.

    Garcia is still a good guy and can help groomsome of these youngsters we have. I agree Rahat he brings that necessary edge/ tuff-ness ingredient. good podcast guys. looking forward to the next installment :)


    Idle gossip, really? Wow. Guess I know where you stand on Harden going forward.
  • rockets best fan says 1 month ago

    @Rahat/Forrest

    WHAT!!!!! no fuel on the J-Lin subject :lol:as for Harden I agree Forrest......coach K can rave all he wants, until Harden produces it for the Rockets it sounds like idle gossip. Rahat I agree on JVG. Forrest I agree Parsons being left off team USA should have been expected. I'm surprised thatPlumlee made the team too. Rahat I totally agree that Minny got lucky with Love. they messed up when they signed him last time and turned that into an impressive haul. sometimes the deck is just stack in your favor. I agree with both you guys about Parsons and players like him being overpaid. it seems MAX is the new in thing :unsure:

    Rahat I totally agree on Morey's approach to what constitutes a championship caliber team. I also agree Harden, D-12 and Parson were not championship caliber as the big three. I agree Rahat the goal of watching the game is to see your team win the championship. I love the sport, however that doesn't water down the goal. Forrest I think your analogy of the average fan is very accurate in why they watch the game. I also agree Les and Morey have championship as a goal.

    Garcia is still a good guy and can help groomsome of these youngsters we have. I agree Rahat he brings that necessary edge/ tuff-ness ingredient. good podcast guys. looking forward to the next installment :)

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