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@  2016Champions : (11 December 2013 - 08:02 AM) The smart thing would be to rest, but I really, really, want a win against Portland. Then we have a crazy 8 games in 11 days coming up in the schedule. Omer Asik for Thaddeus Young continues to make sense.
@  RollingWave : (11 December 2013 - 12:35 AM) I'm worried, this 3 day off came at a good time, if Lin is back you might want to rest Parsons on some nights against lesser opponents
@  2016Champions : (10 December 2013 - 10:35 PM) Is anyone else really worried about Parsons back spasms? We saw what they did to McGrady's career.
@  RollingWave : (09 December 2013 - 09:42 AM) Well really though Masai's award really just belongs to Dolan's idiocy
@  2016Champions : (09 December 2013 - 09:19 AM) That $15 million over 5 years contract Toronto gave Masai Ujiri was well worth it.
@  2016Champions : (09 December 2013 - 09:18 AM) Then Masai leaves Denver for Toronto and immediately ships Bargnani for Knicks 2016 1st round pick. I'm surprised he got more than a 2nd round pick let alone another potential lottery pick. What a genius! Dumping Rudy Gay's contract ($17.3 million this season, $19.5 million next season)completes the hat trick.
@  RollingWave : (09 December 2013 - 09:17 AM) on top of picks, one of which now look like a top 10 for sure in a great draft, maybe even top 5.
@  RollingWave : (09 December 2013 - 09:16 AM) Well no they couldn't have signed Melo due to cap , but really they literally gave them their entire team's asset, it's like us trading Lin / Parsons / Jones for Melo.
@  2016Champions : (09 December 2013 - 09:10 AM) I think this Masai Ujiri guy could be the first GM to win back to back Executive of the Year awards, and for two different teams. That Melo to New York trade was incredible because Melo was on his contract year, so New York could have just signed him for free in free agency. Nuggets really striked gold with that Knicks 2014 1st round pick.
@  RollingWave : (09 December 2013 - 08:47 AM) If the Knicks end up with the #1 pick (to Denver) they HAVE to stage the draft somewhere else for safety concerns right? :P
@  rocketrick : (09 December 2013 - 08:46 AM) Rudy Gay being traded to Sacramento Kings
@  2016Champions : (09 December 2013 - 04:14 AM) Lol
@  thenit : (09 December 2013 - 12:45 AM) Lol Dolan is so bad that it's plausible
@  2016Champions : (08 December 2013 - 10:11 PM) What if the Knicks are secretly tanking not realizing they don't have a 1st, that's plausible, right?
@  2016Champions : (08 December 2013 - 06:22 PM) I'm reading some hilarious tweets ridiculing the Knicks. Poor Knicks fans lol
@  Dayak : (05 December 2013 - 06:04 AM) J.R. Harden, lol.
@  HazeWinkle : (05 December 2013 - 05:09 AM) @feeling super he had only 15 pts 4-11 shooting which could be put on jh or km he had 5 to and he got blocked about 5 times by guys not known for their defense
@  thenit : (05 December 2013 - 04:35 AM) linsanity, hard yo get that label off, anyone with that king of usage rate has high turnovers including harden, Kobe etc
@  thenit : (05 December 2013 - 04:34 AM) Jeremy got that label in
@  thenit : (05 December 2013 - 04:33 AM) FSS agree to some extent but when hardens shot aren't falling, he has no Impact on the defensive floor and becomes a huge liability, doesn't happen every day when he has a goose egg

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#1 Red94

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    Posted 18 November 2013 - 01:00 PM

    New post: The Rockets Daily - November 18, 2013
    By: John Eby

    All I Do Is Lin - Jeremy Lin is making New York want him back. First it's netw3rk over at Grantland pining for him.

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    In the Linsanity period, he seemed to be going as hard as possible all the time, every minute, so that, by the third and fourth quarters, he looked like a wrung-out wash rag, mouth gaping, face pink with exertion. Now he can pick spots, go full bore for a few sequences, then dial it back and still remain effective. He’s a better player now. A player the Knicks could’ve used.

    Then it's Stephen A. Smith going on the radio (and thanks to a reader, Knickabokkaz, for posting this link in the forums) to talk about how far Lin has progressed, saying that he is a couple seasons ahead of schedule. Yes, he is.

    If I Ever Get Out Of Here - Marc Stein goes into some detail about Omer Asik's desperate desire to get out of his situation in Houston. The most dire (but not entirely surprising) thing Stein reports is that Asik's absence from the lineup on Saturday was due to an emotional, not physical, malaise.

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    Sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that Asik was challenged by coaches and teammates this week for not being "engaged" in the wake of the lineup change, which took effect when Asik was moved to the bench for Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. And he hasn't played since the challenge, logging zero minutes Thursday night in New York while in uniform and not even dressing against the Nuggets.

    Word of advice to Omer: since you've made your feelings known to the team, you can increase your trade value (and the speed with which the team can find a trade partner) by showing you're a pro who will show up to play despite less-than-perfect circumstances. Make teams want to give Daryl Morey an offer he can't refuse.

    On the other hand, Asik's defensive talent is so well-known based on last year's production, that maybe Asik's moping doesn't do that much to his trade value at all. Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie delves into both sides of the Asik-trade-value equation:

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    The deals will be there. And if Harden and Howard get their personal acts together, the Rockets will continue to pile up wins even with Asik working in and out of the rotation. Houston’s front office needs data, and time, and they don’t need to cater to the (understandable) whims of Asik and his agent. They need to figure out what’s best for their team, and then go about trying to negotiate to add what’s best for their team.

    Statcheck- At 2.8 miles per game, Chandler Parsons to top NBA.com's new tracking data for distance covered.

    Also, Dwight Howard continues to lead in rebounding. As I pointed out in my Sunday column on Dwight, the new rebounding numbers can be interpreted a couple of different ways. Among prolific rebounders, the Contested Rebound percentage seems to favor guys like Roy Hibbert, Enes Kanter and our own Omer Asik, who have the size and strength to grab the ball out of the crowd, often by holding off an opponent with one hand and securing the ball with the other. Howard rates surprisingly low by this metric.

    On the other hand, you have players who through hustle, positioning, and anticipation (and probably team pace) generate a lot of rebounding opportunities per game. It's no surprise that Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, Derrick Favors and Nikola Vucevic top this list, although Spencer Hawes's placement seems flukey, and I would have expected to see Kenneth Faried ranked higher. These numbers will continue to fascinate as the season continues and sample sizes increase.

    Got any sweet links or suggestions? Email them to [email protected] or message @EbyNews on Twitter.


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      Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:07 PM

      All of this hand-wringing by the New York sports media (including Stephen A. Smith!!!, the mouthpiece of Carmelo Anthony during the Linsanity period in NY) will help boost Lin's value in free agency.  He's actually a cheap investment because he can play 2 positions well.  I thought Isaiah Thomas' assessment of Lin and Harden was the most thoughtful I've seen.  He really does think that offensively, they are very effective and can be one of the NBA's best backcourts if they improve defensively.  What struck me is that Isaiah seemed to view their partnership as the key to Houston's ability to become an elite NBA team, not Harden-Howard.  However, the Houston coaching staff has tried to suppress the Harden-Lin partnership, even when it showed a lot of promise for stretches last year.  Moving to the second unit is helping Lin grow more quickly because he is attacking as soon as he steps on the court.  But that only begs the question: at what point does Houston come to the realization that you need both guards on the court at the same time to beat elite teams? Also, even though Isaiah was an established star before Dumars came on-board, it seemed that Isaiah recognized Dumars' talent and went out of his way to cultivate that relationship. I don't see James Harden doing that with Lin.  


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        Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:25 PM

        Isiah Thomas wasn't exactly a front office wizard or great coach.
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        Posted 18 November 2013 - 06:58 PM

        good stuff Jeby :)  there is no doubt Lin is opening some eyes.......mind included. while I'm not ready yet to go with the red carpet treatment I must admit he has been impressive thus far. as for Asik......I don't believe this pouting really hurts his value. GM's around the league know what he is capable of and there is nothing wrong with a player wanting to play. the pouting is just a minor bump in the road. any team acquiring him likely wants him to become their starting center hence problem solved. actually I'm upset with Asik for the distraction he has caused, but in a way it's a blessing for the Rockets. it forces us to trade him now while his value is at it's peak.


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        you can only warn a man that the bridge is out.....if he keeps driving he's on his own B)


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          Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:14 AM



          I have reasons to believe that Jeremy want to be out of the Rockets as much as Asik. What has kept him productive is his work ethics and good nature. Many of us think he should ask to be traded long ago.

          How many of us can stand people telling you that what you did achieve was a fluke while evidence telling us the otherwise. How many of us can stand the whole starting line up jumping on you from time to time and eventually removed you from there. Jeremy this season has shown signs of recovering to Linsanity level before injury and better. While recovering, he was dissed as often as comedians on stage.

          Asik couldn't love Rockets. Lin couldn't either. So everyone from the team tried to convince players it's all because of money, fame and that constitute professionalism. That couldn't be much motivation. I'm rest assured that Lin will leave the Rockets at the first opportunity no matter how much the Rockets offered, money or fame.

          He just won't give up the chance of coming up to Houston and whip the Rockets telling them how wrong they had been in treating players who has taken the team to the first playoff for so many years. Yes, the time would come. Cut him once. It isn't Lin's fault. Being dissed for more than a year from all sides while recovering from a serious operation is not what a player can stand. You coaches has kept on telling you, "Forget it. You aren't that good!"

          What's ahead of Asik and Lin is the most intriguing part of the story?


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          Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:05 AM

          You know, I just realized something.  LOF's are actually more obsessed with defending him and living vicariously through how they perceive his life to be than just watching the dude play basketball.  That's a little odd to me.

           

          I mean, where is everyone getting their information from?  All I see is that one of our PG's is playing well.  Apparently, there is a lot more to it then that....or is there? :unsure:

           

          Sorry, but some of these posts are unbelievably biased and, to be honest, are closer to fictional projections than anything else.

           

          "I have reasons to believe"....Oh really?  Do ya now...  :lol:  I mean, we can't even take 10 seconds to focus on the positive without circling the wagons, screaming persecution, painting Jeremy Lin as the ultimate martyr, and predicting his ascension to basketball-virtuoso-supremo-rockstar-superhero-legendary-god-mode-avatar-of-all-that-is-and-ever-will-be-who-is-also-the-humblest-most-noble-man-to-ever-grace-the-Earth.

           

          Seriously, in a thousand years anthropologists are going to find all of this LOF scripture and be forced to presume that he was some kind of prophet.  Combine that with the Lord of the Rings stuff and this is how people are going to view our society in hindsight...

           

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          Look, I'm all for being a fan and supporting your favorite players.  I just think that turning our Rockets forum into a Lin tabloid/soap opera is not productive in any way.  In the meantime, I will leave you all with this quote from Jeremy--which can be taken as you like:

           

          "I'm not working hard and practicing day in and day out so that I can please other people.  My audience is God."


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            Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:17 AM

            I have reasons to believe that Jeremy want to be out of the Rockets as much as Asik. What has kept him productive is his work ethics and good nature. Many of us think he should ask to be traded long ago.
            How many of us can stand people telling you that what you did achieve was a fluke while evidence telling us the otherwise. How many of us can stand the whole starting line up jumping on you from time to time and eventually removed you from there. Jeremy this season has shown signs of recovering to Linsanity level before injury and better. While recovering, he was dissed as often as comedians on stage.
            Asik couldn't love Rockets. Lin couldn't either. So everyone from the team tried to convince players it's all because of money, fame and that constitute professionalism. That couldn't be much motivation. I'm rest assured that Lin will leave the Rockets at the first opportunity no matter how much the Rockets offered, money or fame.
            He just won't give up the chance of coming up to Houston and whip the Rockets telling them how wrong they had been in treating players who has taken the team to the first playoff for so many years. Yes, the time would come. Cut him once. It isn't Lin's fault. Being dissed for more than a year from all sides while recovering from a serious operation is not what a player can stand. You coaches has kept on telling you, "Forget it. You aren't that good What's ahead of Asik and Lin is the most intriguing part of the story?


            Sorry that's just false. Nothing further needs to be said. Fans and other say stuff pro and anti Lin, but the rockets team has been good to him. Parsons is a good friend as well as bev. He gets along with all of his teammates. I know you are a Lin fan but this just isn't credible to even speculate
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              Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:20 AM

              Just to clarify Lin is one of my favourite players just because he seems to be a great down to earth guy, and I liked his story and root for him. I like his style and him and parsons are my fav players in the rockets team, and I thought the statement was just way off
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                Posted 19 November 2013 - 02:51 AM

                I bet Lin makes fun of Lin fans. I know I would if I had such people worshipping me. Seriously I like Lin but for all those "extreme" Lin fans get out please. This website is pretty clean and we would like to keep it that way.


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                Posted 19 November 2013 - 03:31 AM

                I just ignore them.
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                Why so Serious? :D





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