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@  majik19 : (30 March 2016 - 03:00 AM) solid comeback
@  slick shoes : (30 March 2016 - 02:45 AM) If Bill was broadcasting the game, I believe he would classify Ariza's three as "cold blooded". Just a hunch.
@  thejohnnygold : (26 March 2016 - 05:15 PM) Almost all modern sports media outlets must pander to the masses, and people enjoy vilifying Harden. It would bother me if they were wrong, but they aren't.
@  majik19 : (26 March 2016 - 05:08 PM) fitting that Harden gets a triple-double, yet no credit in the news. Westbrook, Lebron, Curry, or even Antekoumpo get a triple-double, it's headline news. Harden only gets headlines for bad defense and selfishness this year.
@  slick shoes : (24 March 2016 - 02:54 AM) we don't deserve a playoff spot. this is an awful basketball team.
@  majik19 : (24 March 2016 - 02:43 AM) major loss for playoffs...
@  majik19 : (23 March 2016 - 02:44 AM) fitting that they lost on a dumb turnover.
@  thenit : (20 March 2016 - 02:40 PM) Its time someone in the team got into Harden's face. I don't even care what the reason was or if Jet was at fault, just good that someone is willing to do it
@  slick shoes : (20 March 2016 - 12:04 AM) did anyone just see James and JET get in to it? they had to be separated by Brewer.
@  thenit : (17 March 2016 - 09:25 PM) I don't know, Feigen tweeted that they had another meeting, and that Dmo said that we had 6 or 6 of those according to feigen. Basically said its no time to talk because nothing changes and walk the walk
@  slick shoes : (17 March 2016 - 09:19 PM) Who is calling these meetings? Does anyone even show up at this point?
@  thenit : (17 March 2016 - 08:48 PM) Its laughable, they had another players only meeting. I think its like the 10th one. Still no change. Its so stupid, like Dmo said whats the point of talking if we don't play hard.
@  slick shoes : (17 March 2016 - 02:54 AM) are you surprised? this is the same team that we've seen all season. so much talk from the locker room about improvement and change. the grizz win was a fluke.
@  Cooper : (17 March 2016 - 02:52 AM) on pace to give up 144 at half, pathetic effort.
@  RocketMan : (15 March 2016 - 11:34 PM) Per the references, yes.
@  slick shoes : (15 March 2016 - 12:51 PM) Is Terrence Jones even on the team any more?
@  majik19 : (12 March 2016 - 06:15 AM) didn't watch the whole game, but we actually looked solid on both ends. the defense was rotating appropriately. i can hardly believe it.
@  DenverRocket : (11 March 2016 - 08:51 PM) Great interview with DM: http://espn.go.com/e...lay?id=14951528
@  majik19 : (10 March 2016 - 02:20 AM) pathetic how close this game is...
@  thejohnnygold : (06 March 2016 - 12:48 AM) Those are some sweet socks. Have fun!


Daryl Morey on James Harden's isoball

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 26 March 2016 - 12:10 AM

    New post: Daryl Morey on James Harden's isoball
    By: Rahat Huq

    I saw some discussion recently regarding the topic of James Harden's isoballing ways, in the context of Daryl Morey's perceived attitude towards the issue.  On the basis of a quote from a recent Calvin Watkins post on ESPN.com, it was deduced by some that Morey was oblivious to the problem.  Here is the quote cited, from the Watkins post:



    Rockets GM Daryl Morey noted recently that the competitor in Harden won’t allow him to give up the ball. It’s a trait Morey likes, and he loves Harden's desire to win and do whatever is necessary.


    Watkins presumably was summarizing a key point from the recent Daryl Morey interview with ESPN.com's Zach Lowe.  However, there was much more to the conversation on this particular point than what was cited, most of it telling towards the opposite conclusion.


    Lowe told Morey he had envisioned the Rockets playing in a relentless drive and kick fashion, with Harden driving and kicking to Lawson, mentioning the need for guys to "feel the ball."  Lowe said he only sees this now when Jason Terry enters the game, inquiring, "why can't every possession be like that?"


    Morey answered saying, "a lot of these questions, you're asking the right one because you know what you're talking about," adding, "we know the issues, we are attempting to solve them," and later adding, "if it was like a problem A, solution A, then it would have been fixed two months ago.  So some of these are difficult problems."


    It was only after this entire preface that Morey mentioned Harden's competitiveness and desire to win.  He even closed saying "he has to to get to the next level and he knows that," in regards to the context of sharing the ball.


    I had initially planned to write on this very topic after hearing the interview because I was rather surprised at the revealing nature of the thoughts.  We all, on the outside, assume Harden's ball dominating ways are a problem, but we have no way of knowing what the organization is thinking on the inside.  The problem has become so pervasive that one might even assume the team was enabling it.  I would've thought Morey, in response to that question, would have just left it at the part about competitiveness.  So to hear a confirmation and recognition of the existence of the problem was fascinating, and I guess, sort of reassuring.  I say this all the time: some things seem so obvious, that you almost assume that there is some complex rationale you're missing, and then upon receiving confirmation of that obvious conclusion, you find yourself completely surprised.  (see: why don't Dwight Howard/Harden run the pick and roll?; because they just started practicing it literally this year).


    As I've been writing all year, the key for Houston now is to bring in someone in the offseason who can get Harden to trust the system and his teammates.

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    Posted 26 March 2016 - 06:15 PM

    I think this confirms the inevitable deconstruction of this team once the season ends.  I have no idea who stays nor who goes.  Honestly, nothing would surprise me.


    Morey's commitment to Harden borders on blind obsession in my opinion.  If it were just one flaw, then I could see staying the course.  It's not just one flaw.  I believe there are quite a few flaws--all of which are spokes on the wheel of one major flaw: attitude.  (Yes, I know I contradicted myself here :P ) That's a huge one.  Harden's attitude towards conditioning, defense, teamwork, and the whistle-drawing entitlement of an NBA "star" all need work.


    A great warrior does not automatically make a great leader.  Harden, to me, has proven he is not a great leader.  He is Achilles, not Hector.  Aloof in his greatness, and uninspiring overall, he is individual to a fault.  Are these things people can learn and develop or are they innate qualities that defy measurement and training?  I tend to believe in the nature versus nurture argument here.  This type of thing must first be present in a person before it can be cultivated.  Blood from a turnip...


    Morey seems to believe he has it in him.  That means we will most likely get front row seats finding out if his faith in James will be rewarded.  Perhaps, with a better understanding of who, and what, James is Morey will finally be able to cobble together the roster that leads to championship success.  Does Morey agree, like many others have stated, that James needs someone...anyone...who can command his respect and his talents?  Who knows?  Worse, can we get such a rare person to come here to fulfill that role?


    At this point, everyone knows my opinion on the matter.  Since that isn't happening it is time to focus on making the best of what we have.  In Greek mythology, they Greeks had other "stars" around Achilles: Ajax, Odysseus, and Phoenix (among others), but none could inspire him; yet, they were able to help propel Greece to the eventual victory (most notably Odysseus--the clever one).  Perhaps, Morey can create a similar scenario...


    I am intrigued by the off-season (as I have almost completely stopped caring about this current one).  I think Harrell is going to make serious noise for us next year as a more skilled "Manimal".  D-Mo will settle in at center.  I still like Beverley.  Beasley can be 6th man of the year if used properly.  I've got no idea what we have in Dekker.  Brewer, Smith, and Howard I believe move on.  That leaves room for a max contract (I still like gambling on Harrison Barnes vs. chasing Durant) and who knows how that shakes out.


    I would prefer an elite PG who can actually pry the ball out of Harden's hands, but that seems very, very unlikely.  Rondo is available.....

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