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@  cointurtlemoose : (07 September 2015 - 05:39 PM) Anyone else surprised that Kostas hasn't gotten picked up by anyone yet? I wanna see that guy play somewhere
@  redfaithful : (05 September 2015 - 10:48 PM) Llull line from today loss to Serbia: 30MIN 1-10PG, 0-5 3PG, 4-4FT 6AST, 1TO, 4REB, +/- -11
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:27 AM) this dude's gun fired and all he got a misdemeanor at bush lol: http://abc13.com/new...ush-iah/815795/
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:26 AM) theres more articles all over, but the jist is houston (and texas) doesn't really arrest for it, they just recommend you leave it in your car when they catch it. So seems dwight got lucky he was in texas and not cali or the NE.
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:22 AM) honestly we should just be glad they caught it...
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 02:21 AM) response: http://nymag.com/dai...n_airplane.html
@  Losthief : (03 September 2015 - 01:42 AM) one bullet left in the chamber is diff than fully loaded and ready to go. Still stupid...but not like he was prepared for a shooting spree.
@  jorgeaam : (02 September 2015 - 09:33 PM) http://www.tmz.com/2...t-get-arrested/
@  jorgeaam : (02 September 2015 - 09:33 PM) So according to TMZ (I know, I know) Dwight Howard had an incident last month in which he took a loaded gun into an airport, but he was allowed to give it to a friend to take it back and wasn't arrested.
@  jorgeaam : (31 August 2015 - 10:45 PM) The Los Angeles Rockets, lol
@  redfaithful : (31 August 2015 - 09:51 PM) Seems that Chuck is also on his way to the Clippers.
@  slick shoes : (24 August 2015 - 06:14 PM) ill just leave this here...
@  slick shoes : (24 August 2015 - 06:14 PM) http://www.timeandda...04&font=cursive
@  timetodienow... : (21 August 2015 - 07:20 PM) At least in my opinion.
@  timetodienow... : (21 August 2015 - 07:20 PM) I love having Terry. But the main factor was that New Orleans will NOT compete for a championship this year and the Rockets will.
@  jorgeaam : (21 August 2015 - 03:57 AM) Things that make me like the JET even more
@  jorgeaam : (21 August 2015 - 03:57 AM) Jason Terry said that he turned down a more lucrative deal from New Orleans in order to return to Houston.
@  clydesmoustache : (19 August 2015 - 08:32 AM) A year ago who would have thought I would be so happy to have Jason Terry on my team. Welcome back JET! Hurry up October!
@  cointurtlemoose : (19 August 2015 - 04:45 AM) Terry I love yooouuuuuuuuu
@  jorgeaam : (19 August 2015 - 02:38 AM) Yay Terry is back!


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#47614 Yao Ming - Part 3

Posted by thejohnnygold on 07 April 2015 - 03:50 PM

Fair enough.  I did see some plays in that video where Yao got whistled for nothing.  That doesn't excuse all the times Boozer was able to get around him in 2 quick steps, out rebound him over and over, and block Yao repeatedly at point blank range.  Bad match-up?  Yes.  However, I feel that way about any match-up Yao has with a quicker player.


The Dwight argument is not very strong for me as Dwight is giving up 8 inches to Yao (He is 6' 9" - 6' 10" tall depending on the source) and his post arsenal lacked (still lacks) much sophistication.  He would go straight at Yao and play right into his one strength--length.  On the other end, Yao had no trouble shooting over Dwight.  Regarding match-ups--this was a bad one for Dwight.


I will freely admit I have never been the world's biggest Yao fan (as a player--off the court he seems like a very nice guy).  I think part of why he didn't get love from the refs was his nice side.  Refs seem to sub-consciously favor the aggressive players.

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#47564 Toronto Raptors 99, Houston Rockets 69: Just one day

Posted by thejohnnygold on 01 April 2015 - 01:41 PM

@Jatman & Alituro--


Hiding KJ is a possibility, but I don't think Morey would do so if he thought it would help push us over the top to get a trophy.  One way or the other, we are going to have to rely on the defense of a rookie (Johnson or McDaniels) at certain points of this post season.


Those numbers I referenced were from his 1300+ minutes in Philly--I did mess up and mis-read the 8 personal fouls per36 line--that was for Houston.  In Philly it was 3.3 per36.  That's much better.


It's tough finding "defensive highlight" videos that aren't just blocks.  I like the way Johnson plays defense, but no one cares enough to post it on youtube.  I can't find anything for KJ outside of big time blocks.


Check out the 2nd video clip from this article: LINK  He makes a ridiculous block....on the back up guard, Vasquez.  Watch it again and you will see him abandon his defensive responsibility who can be seen sliding over into position for a wide open corner 3 where a good PG would find him and KJ's block turns into Klay Thompson/JJ Redick/Danny Green wide open from the corner.  :unsure:  


Further down that article is a college highlight video....where you can watch him abandon his defensive assignments over and over to score big time blocks....and I think NBA players will eat him alive for that in a 7 game series.  They are too smart and too good.  They are going to make the right reads and passes.


I am excited about his potential down the road (I don't think Morey traded Canaan just to let this guy walk after this season), but right now I trust Johnson over him in trying to play solid team defense in the playoffs.


I also think Johnson can bring the ball up for us perfectly well.  He is a combo guard and played that role often at Arizona.


I can't argue that health is important....health is more important than just about anything else.  I will point out that the season ends on April 15th and playoffs begin April 19th.  With any luck we have secured our seed before then and can get guys nearly a week of rest/practice.  We have a back-to-back on the 12th-13th (NOR and CHA) and then close with UTA on the 15th.  It's going to be interesting to see how things shake out.


I had to laugh at your last paragraph, Alituro.  I really, really hope that doesn't happen.

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#47469 2nd seed or 3rd seed

Posted by thejohnnygold on 20 March 2015 - 09:45 PM

Saw this video over at Reddit.com and didn't know where to put it, but it must be seen by all Rockets fans (and old school video gamers).  Whoever made this is my hero.



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#47334 This is how Ariza should play!

Posted by thejohnnygold on 04 March 2015 - 10:22 PM

It s a shame that this forum has turned into a spot to refute the crazies.


If threes are the worst shot in the game then Morey is obviously the worst GM. That would make McHale the worst coach. OH MY GOD! How is a team being ran by idiots third in the west without their second best player for a good chunk of the year?


This forum has not turned into a spot to refute crazies.  I invite everyone to recognize a troll when they see one.  If anyone chooses to reply to them it is their own choice, but trust that the vast majority here are aware.  By the way, I would normally remind you that calling people names like "crazies" is not up to standard.  Given the circumstance we'll let it slide, but let's try to remember we don't do name-calling--even when warranted.

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#47284 Houston Rockets 105, Cleveland Cavaliers 103: Intensity

Posted by thejohnnygold on 02 March 2015 - 05:34 PM

I am surprised that nobody else has mentioned the use of the pick n roll in the 4th quarter.  We left 10 points on the floor in that quarter with Harden connecting on nice passes with Motie, Jones, and Smith on the PnR--and none of them could finish the play.  Outside of all the weirdness of this game and anyone who may want to say we got "lucky" LeBron couldn't hit free throws I say we let them off easy from getting blown out by 10+ tonight by missing so many bunnies.  I think McHale and Co. are going to work on them finishing stronger and we are going to be in business.


Really fun game to watch.  I loved seeing Ariza get in Mozgov's face.  Bev not taking any of LeBron's "dominance".  The closing line up of Harden, Bev, Ariza, Jones, and Smith.  That Harden lay-up where he ended up on his butt after blowing by 2 Cav's players.  That PBev plays better angry (I'm imagining Bev before the game going up to D-Mo and saying, "Slap me.  Slap me hard!" and D-Mo just stares blankly while Bev insists, "Come on, man.  Hit me!"  Then Bickerstaff appears without saying a word, open hands him across the face nearly dropping him to the floor and just walks away to continue doing his job.  Bev shakes his head, flexes his muscles, and heads to the court).  



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#47223 Bill Worrel calling Dwight out for refusing to play pick and roll with Harden...

Posted by thejohnnygold on 28 February 2015 - 07:09 PM

did i mention that he said something about postups or anything like that?...no.... he was just wondering why they didnt run that play more often and of course laughing all the time  he said verbatim WILL YOU PLEASE JUST CONCENTRATE ON THAT(PLAY)



btw how it can be that you didnt saw the interview johny gold? it was during the game? did you listen to nets announcers perhaps?



and he added why cant you run it more often as chris paul and deandre jordan the other night did....


Because I recorded it and watched when I got home with the sound off.  


Just re-watched it now with sound.  Bill said nothing like what you are implying.  In short, he said this:


Bill: Gosh, after watching that last game the pick n roll that Paul and Jordan run is very good.  You and James run a very good pick n roll as well.  Will you concentrate more on that moving forward?


Dwight: Yes.  We did a great job of it last year in the playoffs.  We need to get that more involved in the offense because it is such a good play and it gets everyone going and everyone involved.


Bill: Thanks Dwight.  Talk to you later.  I like your suit.



I don't know how you heard what you heard--apparently your English wasn't so good on that conversation.  He wasn't wondering why they didn't run it all the time.  He wasn't laughing the whole time.  He didn't compare them to Paul/Jordan except to say theirs is good like yours.  He did not say "verbatim" will you please just concentrate on that [play].  He asked if they planned on concentrating on it more moving forward.


We try to keep things factual around here and frown on gossip, rumors, and unsubstantiated claims.  We prefer people cite, or link to, their sources and that those sources bear some level of respectability.  (We've literally had a person try to claim a teenage girls' facebook post as a legitimate source--it was not.)


Perhaps, you can choose your wording more carefully instead of starting out with a click-bait title and opening line that more resembles trolling than anything else.  It would have been better to simply come in and ask about the interview on the whole rather than proclaiming you heard something that clearly was not said.


Let's keep things on the level.

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#47207 Bill Worrel calling Dwight out for refusing to play pick and roll with Harden...

Posted by thejohnnygold on 28 February 2015 - 03:41 PM

I didn't see the interview, but I am just going to presume that this is not true--at least not in the spirit you seem to think it is.  It is more likely that you heard what you wanted to hear.


Can anyone confirm/deny his assertion?

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#47174 Lineup data to this point

Posted by thejohnnygold on 27 February 2015 - 05:48 PM

S O C K S = eso si que es


I had to google that--very clever.  :)


Also, good post (as always), Alituro.


Regarding the topic, I think all of our eye tests are telling us the same thing--and that thing is good.  Very, very good.  There will be times when it bites us in the behind (too much risk-taking on defense, too many turnovers/bad shots taken on offense), but I think if Prigioni gets more playing time with that second group it will help limit the offensive part and our bench is going to propel us to greatness.  Onward!



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#47173 LA Clippers @ Houston Rockets: feat. Law Murray of Clipper Blog

Posted by thejohnnygold on 27 February 2015 - 05:34 PM

Hmmm, this is interesting.


I think Redick is an under-rated defender.  He's kind of like the Omer Asik of SG's.  He just plays solid, fundamental defense and does little that catches the eye.  According to 82games.com, Redick held his opponent to a 10.8 PER and this year that number is 11.6.


Jordan is not like those other guys you mentioned.  If I were to make a comparison it would be Mutumbo.  Maybe that's a stretch, but they excel in the same areas.


Jordan's opp. PER from 82games.com is 18.9.  Not great.


I guess I see it as Jordan has a profound effect on how teams play and attack the Clippers--an overall effect.  Knowing he is lurking in the lane makes anyone attacking the rim think twice.  Also, his rebounding is very good (has lead the league the last two seasons and excels in def. reb's).  He averages 33 mpg and 3.0 fouls per game so not sure about the limited minutes/too many fouls argument.  His Drtg has held consistent the last 3 years: 101, 98, and 100.  Like it or not, that is M. Gasol territory.


Individual defense in the NBA is slightly over-rated.  There are very few players who can truly alter a game and lock a guy down.  Team defense is the name of the game.  It's no coincidence that Gasol, Noah, Hibbbert, Bogut, etc. all find themselves surrounded by a strong team of defenders with a strong defensive mentality.


Look at Hibbert's Drtg for this season--is it any surprise that he posted a 97 and 98 with the likes of Hill, Stephenson, George, and West around him and then it jumped to 101 (still good) with the loss of 2 of those guys?


I have found it fascinating seeing Morey transform this team from an offensive juggernaut into a defensive one (over the course of two seasons).  Length, quickness, instinct, anticipation, strength.  Elite level steals and rebounds guys.  It's awesome and I love watching them get after it.


Maybe Jordan is over-rated.  I don't think he is, but I don't watch enough Clippers games to say definitively.

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#47150 Dallas Mavericks 111, Houston Rockets 100: If you’re not worried, you should be.

Posted by thejohnnygold on 26 February 2015 - 06:53 PM

because mxhale is forcing dmo to play to his weaknesses and harden to his strenghts...imagine how much lower hardens and anyones else pps would be if he would be forced to play out of position(ie harden to play in the post)... it decreases his productivity as well as killing his morale and confidence...


the other thing is mxchale is cooling dmo down instead of riding him when he started to get hot in the post he stopped going to him...

on the other hand how many times harden started 0-6 and mchale allowed him to play through that and  later on he  puts up almost triple double...


stats are garbage if you dont know how to interpret em


dmo is more efficient than Harden


btw its impossible that howard is more productive than dmo probably didnt couted loads of turnovers that he makes before even taking the shot...


I appreciate you showing me the error of my ways.  How silly of me--I'm clearly out of my depth here.  Your deft understanding of how McHale manipulates the players to suppress your boy Motie while inflating Harden's numbers is eye-opening.  You truly know your stuff.


From where I sit, I thought D-Mo's only weakness was rebounding, but you have shown me that this must be incorrect.


I would like it very much if you could show me these efficiency numbers and teach me how to properly read and apply them.  Up to now, you have only cited your own authority on the matter, but I assume you have gotten validation from other sources and I would like to understand as well as you do.


All I can find is stupid stuff like Dwight's PER (a measure of a player's efficiency that focuses on offense) is 18.1, James' is 27.1, and Motie is at 14.4.  Oh, wait....that's because McHale makes D-Mo shoot from outside (wasn't he 3-4 last night?) and as soon as he gets going in the post he likes to cool him off--probably because Morey wants to suppress his value over the next 2 seasons so we can re-sign him to a cheaper contract, right?  Once that happens we can unleash him on the league!


I have heard that increased usage rates have an inverse effect on efficiency except in the rarest of cases--like for star players who are good enough to handle that.  I think that's why so many lightly used bench players can sport high PER numbers and per36 numbers.  I noticed that D-Mo's Ortg dropped 9 points when he went from being a reserve to being the starter and that coincided with an increase in usage from 15.9% to 19.2%--which is still slightly below the 20% mark one would expect given an even 5-man split.


Meanwhile, Dwight is at 22.9 usage and James is at 31.0.  According to the splits at basketball-reference.com, Dwight's efficiency improves (on both ends of the court) as his usage rate improves.  James seems to be pretty steady either way it goes.


I saw this thing called true shooting % (I presume you already know what that is).  It seems that out of the three D-Mo's is the lowest at .560.  Dwight's is .582, and James has a .611.  Since the formula accounts for the extra value of three pointers and free throws I guess it's a wash with Dwight's putrid ft% compared to all those three pointers McHale makes D-mo shoot.  Although, according to his shot distribution chart he only shoots 17% of his shots from deep and hits them at 33.3% (doesn't that equate to 1.00 pps which is kind of the standard?)  From the sounds of it that wouldn't negatively affect his overall efficiency would it?


I know you mentioned turnovers as something I was ignorant of.  I was looking at that and saw D-Mo has a 14.7% TOV% (which is an estimate of how many turnovers a player commits per 100 possessions.  I think they use that rather than minutes or games to eliminate the skewed appearance they can have).  Dwight has a 17.9 and James has a 15.2.  Once again, it's my understanding that higher usage leads to more turnovers simply by virtue of having the ball in your hands more, plus offensive charges count as turnovers and both Dwight and James tend to garner at least one of those per game due to their aggressiveness.


Either way, Motie only sports a .5 advantage over James per 100 possessions and a 3.2 advantage over Dwight per 100 possessions.  I'm no mathematician, but that seems relatively benign--especially when factored in with all the other stats where D-Mo is lagging behind.


You probably already know this, but ESPN has this new-fangled stat they bought off a couple of internet number crunchers they call RPM.  Personally, I think it needs some refinement, but a lot of people like it.  It sets out to individualize a players' contribution on the floor from their teammates.  According to that James Harden is #2 with a score of 8.05 (second to Curry's 8.59).  Now, that score is a composite of offensive RPM and defensive RPM.


James' ORPM is actually a league-leading 7.57!  I isolated that since we are focusing on offensive efficiency.  D-Mo is next at -.36 which appears to be a below average score.  Dwight Howard comes in at -.69.  According to this, neither of them is particularly efficient on offense.  I am pretty sure free throws factor in strongly on this so that may hurt them both since they each shoot a low % on those.  I guess this could count as proof that D-Mo is more efficient than Dwight, but other Rockets including Terry, Jones, Brewer, Prigioni, and Shved (while he was here) all scored better than those guys which makes me wonder about the stat's usefulness since D-Mo is supposed to be the most efficient player on the entire team, right?


If anyone has access to Synergy's stats they include turnovers in their final scoring % which is a more accurate reflection.  Still, according to per36 comparisons and per 100 possession comparisons Dwight only turns the ball over 1-1.5 times more than D-Mo.  While that is a positive for D-Mo it is not the offensive boon you make it sound like.


Well, that's all I could find, but you probably have some better things you can show me that illustrate your point that D-Mo is our best, most efficient offensive option.  I'm not sure how one factors in double and triple teams, but I know that James and Dwight are already dealing with those issues--how do you think D-Mo will fair when opposing teams start to game plan for him and double team him in the post?  Ah, McHale will probably just bench him in favor of Josh Smith so Harden can get the ball back and do his thing.


Oh, and I ignored your last statement about it being impossible for Dwight to be more productive than D-Mo.  I assume you meant efficient since Dwight is more productive than D-Mo across the board.

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#47122 The much maligned Joey Dorsey: Why he's not as bad as you think

Posted by thejohnnygold on 25 February 2015 - 03:22 PM

I more appreaciate an ugly looking skinny cow that gives 5 liters of milk a day than a super duper shiny fat cow that gives 20 liters a day then kick back and spill all of the milk  all over the floor....


You've already used this analogy and it misses the point.  Come on, are you seriously going to suggest that Joey Dorsey is better than Dwight Howard?  This is from that recent Grantland article about defensive shot charts.  It shows Dwight's defensive effect from last season.



Players take mid range jumpers when Dwight is on the floor.  Period.  That's where the $21M dollars is going.  Not recruiting, t-shirts, or media--all of which are benign or negative given that any sales are split evenly among all NBA teams, it seems players think he's soft, and the media thinks even worse.


Dwight's overall offensive effect is positive.  We can nit-pick his post up fg% and his turnovers because they are easy targets.  Ask James Harden if he likes having Dwight on the floor for offense and I imagine you'll get a resounding "YES".  He forces interior defenders to hesitate when it comes to making rotations away from Dwight--if they do, James gets an assist.  If not, James gets the bucket and possibly a +1.  That's the remaining $436,271 on Dwight's contract this year.  $21M for his defense and loose change for his offense.  Totally worth it.


By the way, it's not the cow's fault the farmer leaves the bucket unattended.  It's a cow.  Sounds more like the farmer is bad at his job.  :rolleyes:

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#47033 The Red94 post-trade deadline roundtable

Posted by thejohnnygold on 21 February 2015 - 06:15 PM

Fun stuff.  As is often the case, I do not share the assume-the-worst-because-I-disagree methodology discussed here.  You guys do know that Isaiah Canaan is a rich man's JJ Barea, right?  That's great and it makes him easy to root for, but Morey is building more than a lovable squad of over-achievers--he's looking to build a juggernaut that can fight it's way to an NBA championship.


Canaan was one of his better trade chips that wasn't Jones/Motie.  He made a great showing early in the season and at that point Morey tucked him away like an Ace up a gambler's sleeve.  He had to in order to preserve that value.  Canaan is not as good as that small sample size indicated and to continue playing him would diminish that value.  It's Morey-nomics!  Trading Canaan for KJ McDaniels is a no-brainer.


Trying to continue the McHale doesn't give young guys run narrative is possibly one of the greatest examples of subjective blindness I have seen since Jeremy Lin was here (so not that long  :P ).


Saying D-Mo would not have played if Jones hadn't gotten hurt is hilarious when you realize it comes from a herd of stat heads who should know one of the Statistical Pillars of Faith: correlation does not imply causation.  Stating this as fact is a misnomer and is only allowed to pass as valid because there are so many who loathe McHale.  As McGuire noted, Motie did get run--and proved he wasn't ready each time.  To think he wasn't going to get another shot because McHale is a bumbling fool is a tad bit egotistical.


Covington!?!?  Covington is intriguing, but let's not confuse romantic fantasy with NBA reality.  He may still develop into a solid two-way player, but that is not the case right now and aren't we all about "right now"?  Last I checked most around here are paranoid about how quickly our window is closing; yet, we should also be trotting out a bunch of guys who get torched in the D-League every night.....yeah, ummmmm....ok then.  You can't have it both ways.  Covington is a one-trick-pony who might develop, but Houston was wise to move him in order to add a player that can help now.  Besides, doesn't it feel like, more and more, Morey and Hinkie are helping each other out?


"Here, take Royce White off my hands and have an Aldemir and a suitcase full of money for your troubles"


"Here, have Covington for nothing...I'll call you later for a return on that favor"


"Hey, can I give you Canaan and a 2nd rounder for that McDaniels kid?"


(Seriously, could they have made a bigger 180 degree turn at PG?  Long, lanky, intriguing guy who can't shoot for short, stocky under-the-radar guy who is a lights out shooter.  Also, when does the NBA start investigating for collusion?)


Meanwhile, McHale has spent the last 3 years "not" developing/playing the likes of Chandler Parsons, Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverley, Patrick Patterson, Terrence Jones, Marcus Morris, as well as guys who can't catch on anywhere like T-Rob, Greg Smith, James Anderson, and Troy Daniels.  For those who are counting, that is 10 young guys who got run vs. the 3 who (allegedly) did not.  Blinders.


It has to be remembered and noted that there is a difference between San Antonio and Houston.  You Sprockets always want things to work the same, but it couldn't be more different.  "We should do what San Antonio does!"  Well then, straight out of Pop's mouth: "Draft Tim Duncan..."  That's the secret to being able to operate the way they have for the last 15 years.


You guys are aware that San Antonio doesn't even have a rookie on the roster this year, right?  Hmmm, no rookies last year either.  The year before that--Aron Baynes and Nando de Colo.  Baynes played 141 minutes that season in 16 games.  De Colo came in as a 25-year old Euro-Veteran who lasted 1.5 seasons before getting moved, but he did squeeze out 920 minutes off the bench.  Going back to the '11-'12 season, one finds 6 rookies: Kawhi, Cory Jospeh, Derrick Byars, Eric Dawson, Justin Dentmon, and Malcolm Thomas.  Obviously, not all of them were on the roster at the same time.  Of those, Dawson, Byars, Dentmon, and Thomas each saw 2-4 games of action apiece.  Joseph saw 266 minutes in 29 games.  Leonard saw 64 games (starting in 25 of them), but is a special case and is more outlier than anything else.


Also, it should be noted that Cory Joseph was a top 10 high school recruit that went on the Rick Barnes' Memorial Highway to the NBA.  Come to UT for one year, completely under-perform, receive zero coaching, and lower your draft stock so that you wind up on a decent team.  If Joseph had gone to Kentucky he would have been a lottery pick.


I could keep going.  Splitter was another 25-year old rookie who had already spent years playing pro ball.  Gary Neal was a 26-year old rookie.  I think the point is made.  Pop has the luxury of drafting for need, taking mature role player types, and knows he has years to develop them at their own pace--if they go faster then great.  If not, no problem.  Houston is not quite there yet.  Failure to recognize this is fascinating to me.

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#47012 Houston Rockets acquire Prigioni and McDaniesl, Goran and Zoran to Heat for a...

Posted by thejohnnygold on 20 February 2015 - 06:44 PM

I like the moves, KC McDaniels is a fantastic pick(if we gonna keep him) and Canaan gets the opportunity to shine...


Can someone enlighten me on Prigioni...I don't remember watching him much, except hes playing within himself, is he any good from 3 point range?


Anyway I am not a fan of the mentality of 'look there's a shining object in the stream'... there are always hidden gems on your bench and in starting 5 if you manage to place the pieces of the puzzle right...whats the purpose of getting better players when you are underutilizing almost everyone on your roster...


So, it seems you don't have much affinity for Coach McHale.  That horse has been beaten to death around here.  Outside of a few die hards, most McHale haters have come around to see that he is not nearly as bad as perceived and actually is proving quite adept at achieving his long term goals.


You have already alluded to McHale not using his players properly.  Do you want to expound on this more?  It seems like a bit of a backseat driver/armchair quarterback thing.  It's all the same.  I disagree with much of what Rahat posted in his article, but one thing I don't disagree with is the infinite amount of knowledge and insight those within the organization have beyond our own. 


Think about it.  Morey lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps analyzing and dissecting every single aspect of what it takes to win an NBA title.  I bet he has looked at the jerseys and pondered if a different type of stitching could give them an edge somehow.  No stone goes un-turned.  Yet, he is somehow blind to this issue with his head coach and highest paid player (who he spent years recruiting)?  What, you think he is so lost in minutiae that he can't see the forest for the trees?


Let's consider that he has a squad of number crunching guys, some of the best basketball minds on the planet (Mchale, Bickerstaff, Dunn, Olajuwon, Dawson, etc.), and the players themselves who might know a thing or two about a thing or two.  The same way nobody walks into a doctor's office and starts telling them how to diagnose their patients (oh wait, ever since WebMD they do!) is the same way we should be viewing this.  As fans, we entitle ourselves beyond that line.  For myself, when I see, read, and hear that all of those guys from Les Alexander down to the towel boy are on board with the plan I feel safe going along with their expertise and not inserting my own "expertise" in its place.


Still, I am happy to discuss it.  Yes, getting better post position/entry passes is good, but it's all about that one thing.  Pick n Roll.  From the opening tip until the final buzzer.  Pick.  Roll.  Pick.  Roll.




The reality is, McHale and staff don't coach with a heavy hand, my-way-or-the-highway, style.  Instead, they teach them the right way to do things.  They show them what it takes to win.  After that, it is up to the players to want to do it for themselves.  For each other.  Not because they were told to do it, but because they understand it is the right thing to do and they believe in it.  That has more value.  Listen to and read their interviews.  They have been saying the same things.  It is a process and that process is very much unfolding before our eyes in a highly successful way.


Ever hear about a small military force that overcomes a much larger one?  We all have.  Is it not always the case where the large one was "just following orders" and the smaller one had a cause--a reason.  There is more power in that than people give credit to and I applaud McHale and his staff's commitment to building a team philosophy and identity through this.  In a league filled with talent, an edge like that is immeasurable.


I have no doubt McHale knows the ins and outs of pick n roll strategy (the old saying of he's forgotten more about that then we'll ever know likely applies here).  If there is any blame to be placed, it falls squarely on one man's giant shoulders: Dwight Howard.  Dwight needs to pull a Josh Smith (who asked to come off the bench to better serve the team), and go to coach and say, "Yo, Coach!  Why don't we run more pick n rolls instead of some of those post ups I do?  I think our offense would work better if we did that."  That is what will create the change.  A Dwight Howard half-ass setting screens and half-ass rolling to the rim is not as effective as one might want it to be--and that's what you'd get if McHale said "my way or the highway"....oh, and you'd also have no Dwight as he would go somewhere else to play.


Then we'd be like the sad sack OKC Thunder trying to convince ourselves that Enes Kanter is the answer.   :lol:   How about Mav's fans trying to get excited about Amar'e Stoudemire?  




Will he even be able to step on the court come playoff time?  I wouldn't bet on it.  His mid-range game has fallen off and his defense is the same as always.  He also needs to have one of these permanently affixed to his back:




I think we are in great shape now and moving forward.  Our only concern is getting our guys to gel and getting Dwight back as close to 100% as we can for the playoffs.  The reality is our 2nd unit is better than quite a few starting 5's in the NBA.  Rather than mortgage the farm for a PG Morey has produced a bumper crop of talent for our title run.  I think we have as good a chance as any team to get it done.  If we need a PG upgrade we can do that this Summer all without giving up picks and players to do it.


I understand now better than ever why Morey went after Capela in last year's draft.  Aside from wanting to stash him in Europe, there is no greater asset than a game changing center--which Capela should become.  Look at Mozgov netting 2 first rounders.  Are you serious???  Morey is sitting on Motie until someone offers a bona fide star--more than Dragic.  Assuming Capela develops, he'll have another bullet in the chamber to keep us rolling along.


As for the idea of Harden playing alongside Brewer, Ariza, and any combo of Jones, Smith, Motie, and Howard?  Yes.  Yes, yes, yes!  I think we will definitely see that line up (particularly Jones and Smith) against Golden State when they go small.  Jones sample size is small, but check out his numbers with different line ups:



That's good stuff  :).

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#46881 Los Angeles Clippers 110, Houston Rockets 95: Halftime

Posted by thejohnnygold on 12 February 2015 - 03:27 PM

I'm inclined to give DeAndre Jordan some credit here rather than putting it all on Harden's minutes, a back-to-back, and (not-so-subtly) McHale.


Jordan was a force that the Rockets had little answer for.  He wound up with a line of 24 points, 20 rebounds (8 offensive), 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks (and was rewarded by not making the all-star game in lieu of Dirk).  The other Clippers bigs were relatively quiet led by Hawes' 12 point/3 reb contribution.


The Clipper's were double/triple teaming Harden far away from the basket which resulted in many open looks for the Rockets.  I'd wager that in a series those shots fall down at a far higher rate than last night and their strategy would not be sustainable.  I liked our effort.  I liked our defense (Redick and Crawford are going to make shots--they do it nearly every single night).  Chris Paul was 4-14 for 12 points (1-5 from deep) with 12 assists and 5 turnovers.


Crawford and Redick both heated up at the same time in the 4th Q and before we knew it Hack-a-Jordan was happening.  Our 4th quarter shot chart is a ring of X's all around the 3 pt. line.


Once again, we entered a game without our entire starting frontcourt (Jones still counts, despite how things have gone this season) against a team that is built to exploit that match-up...and it showed.


Now, to focus on the positives.  Smith and Brewer.  Outside of a couple of extra three pointers that maybe shouldn't have been taken so brazenly Smith was an all-star last night--and I will live with those 3's to get the rest.  Running the fast break looking like Rondo.  He was 6-9 scoring in the paint.  He grabbed 7 offensive boards.  Nice, nice work.


Brewer is a better scorer than I ever gave him credit for (despite the 51 he dropped on us last year).  I really like his game.  He doesn't fill the stat sheet the way Smith does, but he's always involved on both ends of the floor in meaningful ways.


Bonus shout out to Papanikolaou.  He just seems like the kind of guy everyone would want to play with.  I hope he can get his shot adjusted to the NBA because the guy is a natural when it comes to having a feel for the game.  Maybe we can force him to watch tape on Scola and learn to be another in-the-post trickster.

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#46760 Every Time a Door Closes...

Posted by thejohnnygold on 05 February 2015 - 06:18 PM

Did anybody watch the GS-DAL game that came on after the HOU-CHI game last night?  That is why Curry is going to get the MVP.  The difference between Curry and Harden, at least visually, is roughly the equivalent of this:




He shot 16-26 overall (including 10-16 from deep...and many were very deep), along with 9-11 free throws, and 4 assists for 51 points....and he made it look like child's play.  Considering most voters are going to rely on the eye test and overall team success Harden doesn't stand much of a chance.

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