The Rockets Daily – November 21, 2013

What Does It All Mean?Grantland’s Jay Caspian Kang examines what to make of Jeremy Lin’s transition from sports icon to pretty good player:

More importantly, the enthusiasm seems to be back — despite his modesty in interviews and his Christian, clean-cut image, the best Jeremy Lin is actually an irrational-confidence guy. You want him to believe that he deserves to have the ball in his hands and that he can score on anyone. If he can merge the gunner Jeremy Lin with this new version that seems content to play off of Harden, there’s no reason to think he couldn’t earn out the remainder of his average salary, regardless of how heavy the hit might be in the last year of his poison-pill contract.

Of course, that was written before Lin’s no-show against Dallas.

Post PostsHardwood Paroxysm bounces off of this NBA.com article about Olajuwon’s comments about Dwight Howard’s post play.

One of the main reasons Dwight chose Houston was because of the rare opportunity he had to learn from two of the best post-players in NBA history in Kevin McHale and Hakeem Olajuwon. However, there are a couple of issues with that: 1) McHale can’t spend all his time with Dwight because, well, he’s the head coach and 2) Olajuwon isn’t even in Houston right now. He’s at his home in Jordan, watching the Houston Rockets on TV, sighing every time Dwight throws up one of his patented hook shots. Even though the two spent hours together in the off-season, trying to refine his post-game, it’s easy for Dwight to go back to what he’s comfortable with because he’s been doing it for nine straight years.

Of course, that was also written before Howard’s excellent post performance…that was squandered against Dallas.

Fire Up The Trade MachineKevin Pelton (ESPN Insider) looks at potential trade candidates for Omer Asik, and lists Ryan Anderson, Ersan Ilysasova, Paul Millsap, Thaddeus Young, and Jeff Green. He also dedicates a segment of his article to Terrence Jones, arguing that he may develop into a better complement to Howard than any of those guys:

The key for the 21-year-old is producing on a consistent basis. In his first three extended outings this season, Jones missed a combined 15 of his 24 shot attempts. But the Rockets have gotten enough production from Jones and Omri Casspi, who has thrived next to Howard against second units in smaller lineups, that they could potentially trade Asik for a draft pick and hold off the decision on a power forward until later on.

Sure, do whatever. Just don’t blow another game to Dallas.

Rick Popovich – Rick Carlisle did a hilarious Greg Popovich impersonation at half time last night. Chris Broussard walked right into it with closed-ended questions, so kudos to Carlisle for making him pay. Carlisle knows how to make you pay. Right, Rockets fans? To heck with this, I’m going to bed.

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Total comments: 12
  • feelingsupersonic says 9 months ago

    TL;DR - Insert generic sarcastic I'm not a hater response.

    Everyone prepare for the next article that jock rides Lin after he scores 30 again or has a double double.

    Then prepare for the next article that highlights his shortcomings when he goes 1-10 or he has 8 turnovers.

    You are in the wrong place if you think someone will write something here over complimentary just because Lin has a good game. Red94 is a Rockets blog/forum first and foremost and I would suggest you look somewhere else if you would like Lin-centric articles. Here at Red94 we pride ourselves on civil and intelligent discussion and if you wish to pose a question to an editor or contributor I suggest you reconsider your tone if you would like to be part of our forum.

  • thejohnnygold says 10 months ago

    I didn't speculate because I don't know and it's only one game which is not a pattern.

    Sorry, I didn't mean you TTDN

    Just to clear the air...
    I watched the game, and also re-checked the box score to make sure that Lin was as invisible as he seemed to be. I love Lin; I think you could almost argue that he's been the team's second-best player so far this season because of Harden's injury struggles. But he just wasn't there last night, and it was ironic in light of the article I was posting.

    Exactly.

  • Jeby says 10 months ago

    Just to clear the air...
    I watched the game, and also re-checked the box score to make sure that Lin was as invisible as he seemed to be. I love Lin; I think you could almost argue that he's been the team's second-best player so far this season because of Harden's injury struggles. But he just wasn't there last night, and it was ironic in light of the article I was posting.

  • timetodienow1234567 says 10 months ago I didn't speculate because I don't know and it's only one game which is not a pattern.
  • thejohnnygold says 10 months ago

    Since we're speculating on everything....what if this had nothing to do with Lin? :o What if McHale was trying to make a point to his starters--win or lose? We can't know why things were done the way they were done and the speculation put forth says more about the person who wrote it than it does about what actually happened.

    What if Jeremy got a small injury and they are just trying to let him get healthy without sitting him entirely? Nobody knows that either. It's easy to create a narrative...

  • timetodienow1234567 says 10 months ago Lol. There has been an influx of Lin fans lately. I thought Lin played well in the first half. He didn't force things and let the game come to him. Other guys were hot and let them keep going. The second half was another story altogether.
  • thejohnnygold says 10 months ago

    TL;DR - Insert generic sarcastic I'm not a hater response.

    Everyone prepare for the next article that jock rides Lin after he scores 30 again or has a double double.

    Then prepare for the next article that highlights his shortcomings when he goes 1-10 or he has 8 turnovers.

    Not sure what to make of this. Eby was just giving us the daily news--as he does--and pointing out the article was posted before Lin's not-so-great game. You seemed to take great offense and blatantly questioned the author's integrity while steering his intent towards your own skewed end.

    Clearly you are dissatisfied with any article written about Lin (not sure if that pertains only to Red94 authors or all of them). In this case it was a mere sentence which drew your ire. As far as I know, all of the content here is given freely and there are no agendas except to share our love of the Rockets. Moreover, all of these authors are willing to brave the gauntlet of public dissection and continue to put their thoughts and themselves out there for us to enjoy in spite of all the criticism and negativity they receive.

    This website is designed to go into detail about every Rockets game and player. There will most definitely be more articles of the very kind you describe as they will be relevant when they are written. Lin is fallible and is subject to the same discerning eye we use for everyone else.

    One thing is certain, Lin fans will be Lin fans.

    TL;DR It is easy to criticize. There's no pleasing some people.

  • pampaus says 10 months ago

    Pretty sure that is what the rest of us call "context". But you're probably right, McHale intentionally put Lin in position to not succeed so that the League of Lin Oppressors (LOLO) could revel in his failure. McHale is the Grand Vizier, and Eby his media mouthpiece. So far Lin has valiantly succeeded against all of our efforts--he is a true warrior, hero, and inspiration. Which is why he must be destroyed.... :angry:

    Come on. Compared to what he has done so far this season that was a no-show. Oh, he had to take some tough shots--so what? In 17 minutes he was only able to get himself going 2 times. His job is to be a spark off the bench. 4 assists? Given the scoring and pace of this game that is also unimpressive (although not entirely his fault if people aren't knocking down the shots he sets up). Nobody was slamming Lin--just saying he did not put as big a fingerprint on this game as he has on others (and as some have noted we did lose so go ahead and put that feather in your cap--without Lin the Rockets can't win!!!! :P )

    TL;DR - Insert generic sarcastic I'm not a hater response.

    Everyone prepare for the next article that jock rides Lin after he scores 30 again or has a double double.

    Then prepare for the next article that highlights his shortcomings when he goes 1-10 or he has 8 turnovers.

  • timetodienow1234567 says 10 months ago

    Pretty sure that is what the rest of us call "context". But you're probably right, McHale intentionally put Lin in position to not succeed so that the League of Lin Oppressors (LOLO) could revel in his failure. McHale is the Grand Vizier, and Eby his media mouthpiece. So far Lin has valiantly succeeded against all of our efforts--he is a true warrior, hero, and inspiration. Which is why he must be destroyed.... :angry:

    Come on. Compared to what he has done so far this season that was a no-show. Oh, he had to take some tough shots--so what? In 17 minutes he was only able to get himself going 2 times. His job is to be a spark off the bench. 4 assists? Given the scoring and pace of this game that is also unimpressive (although not entirely his fault if people aren't knocking down the shots he sets up). Nobody was slamming Lin--just saying he did not put as big a fingerprint on this game as he has on others (and as some have noted we did lose so go ahead and put that feather in your cap--without Lin the Rockets can't win!!!! :P )


    Lol. Lin struggled compared to the bar he set earlier in the season. He did not play as aggressive as usual. He will bounce back.
  • thejohnnygold says 10 months ago

    Pretty sure that is what the rest of us call "context". But you're probably right, McHale intentionally put Lin in position to not succeed so that the League of Lin Oppressors (LOLO) could revel in his failure. McHale is the Grand Vizier, and Eby his media mouthpiece. So far Lin has valiantly succeeded against all of our efforts--he is a true warrior, hero, and inspiration. Which is why he must be destroyed.... :angry:

    Come on. Compared to what he has done so far this season that was a no-show. Oh, he had to take some tough shots--so what? In 17 minutes he was only able to get himself going 2 times. His job is to be a spark off the bench. 4 assists? Given the scoring and pace of this game that is also unimpressive (although not entirely his fault if people aren't knocking down the shots he sets up). Nobody was slamming Lin--just saying he did not put as big a fingerprint on this game as he has on others (and as some have noted we did lose so go ahead and put that feather in your cap--without Lin the Rockets can't win!!!! :P )

  • pampaus says 10 months ago

    Of course, that was written before Lin's no-show against Dallas.

    John, did you watch the game or just review the box score at the end? The guy took 5 shots. 1 with the clock winding down, 2 of them when he was given the ball when the shot clock was almost done. Yes lets call out a bench player who got a whopping 17 minutes to work magic with the absolutely intimidating front line of Casspi, Garcia, and a mopey Omer Asik.

  • HazeWinkle says 10 months ago

    it dont matter who they get they will still not be able to play defense