King's Gambit--I like you. Anyone with the courage and conviction to believe in their own worldview as strongly as you has my respect.
I'm not writing this to you, King--you're all set--I am writing this to anyone else who may come across this thread. Ariza's two months of below average 3 pt. shooting were during the injury plagued months of November/December and he was playing nearly 40 minutes a night. Amazingly, when his minutes dropped as players got healthy his 3pt% went back up.
The Rockets are 6-5 when Ariza shoots 4 or less 3 pt. attempts. Conversely, we are 19-6 when he shoots 8+ 3 pt. attempts per game. But lets not allow facts to get in the way of the truth. We were 20-9 when Ariza shot below 33% on threes. Clearly, a team killer.
Saying Ariza should not shoot is the kind of wisdom most of us simply cannot understand--it takes a man with special vision to see past the illusions and know the ultimate truth: every shot Ariza takes is a shot D-Mo could have taken.
I also love King's credo of, "he should always stay away from shooting if he's not hot that night". The ability to see into the future and know which shots will fall and which ones won't trumps analytics all day long. I am looking forward to Morey introducing us to the newest member of the Rockets' coaching staff:
He was always destined to work in basketball--which explains the shape of his hair. Players will come to him before each game, touch the 'fro, and Gary will tell them whether tonight is a shooting night or not. Pure genius. He will also relay messages from childhood pets who have passed away--which is nice.
Lastly, I'm pretty sure Shane Battier never said that--can we get a link to that?