Monday, October 8, 2012

Vids from Today

From today's scrimmage at the Toyota Center:

http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/2012/10/08/ZOOM0012MOV-2241888

http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/2012/10/08/ZOOM0011MOV-2241886

http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/2012/10/08/ZOOM0006MOV-2241872

http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/2012/10/08/ZOOM0005MOV-2241871

Interview with JLin:

http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/2012/10/08/ZOOM0017MOV-2241844

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  2. Looks darn good...but I already knew that.

    I just hope that reactionary Rockets fans will admit as much after doubting him last week (based on the same short clips!).

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    1. Im afraid we will have to live with the short clips. I asume they wont upload long clips for it would reveal their plays and calls and what not :(

      Anyway - nice clips. Compared to day 1 they have picked up tempo quite a bit.

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  3. Lin is looking better every time. He is catching up and more fluid. We need to take into account that even though he has trained this is the first time his playing scrimmages since his knee injury. Looking forward to wednesday.

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  4. I ordered NBA League Pass today. The season will start before you know it.

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    1. Phil, did you have to order "TV/Broadband/Mobile" $179 EarlyBird option through your cable company?

      It seems this is the best option. And I wonder if it covers pre-season games. Thx!

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    2. I have International NBA League Pass and can watch pre-season replays on my iPad.

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    3. Yes, I did get the tv/broadband/mobile from DirectTV at 6 payments at 29.99.

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    4. ah great, I'll call my cable provider directly then. Thanks! Thanks, wilc. Good to know we can watch the pre-season replays.

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  6. It's impossible to extrapolate how the season is going to go based on these scrimmage videos.

    However, it's clearly a very unselfish and active Rockets team that'll take the floor. They'll be solid on both ends of the court and their hustle and athleticism will override a lot but not all of the deficiencies in frontcourt scoring talent.

    As the season progresses, I'd like to see the Rockets big men eventually develop the skills to put the ball on the floor and either drive to the basket or back in for post ups. That way the Rockets can run plays like Adolph Rupp's old "guard around" in which a high post center or big man can initiate the offense out of the pick and roll. Such a play only works if the big man can SCORE.

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    1. Don't see much potential among all the Rockets big men. Think they made poor choices in the draft except Lamb.

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  7. I'm happy to see that it looks like both Lin and Asik will earn their keep. I'm also happy to see an active Tony Douglas. If you watch the early Linsanity videos, Douglas always seemed genuinely happy for Lin, and Douglas was probably one of the guys to have the potential to be the most sour about it (since he and Lin were competing for the same position at the time).

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    1. I agree. Tony Douglas was always one of the first to jump up and cheer for Lin. Despite his struggles you never heard him complain about Lin, Lins game or contract like others did. Basicly - hes getting a new chance with the Rockets just like JLin does and I definitely wish him well. Theres nothing that indicates there would be hard feelings or anything that would divide them. On the Naim video JLin said that he would hang out with Douglas... I wonder... do they?

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    3. Toney Douglas gives me the impression that he is a good and humble person, like Jeremy. But I'd like to see Toney act confident and aggressive on the court - just like Jeremy! In my opinion, wth a confident attitude, Toney can easily become the numero uno backup PG, and a significant player, on the team.

      BTW, I just came back to verify that his first name is spelled Toney.

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  8. Looks like they just finished their morning practice. jeremy and McHale interviews:

    http://www.nba.com/rockets/video/originals/#

    jeremy mentioned that he is still not 100% healthy on the knee. should be ready by the start of the season though.

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    1. He said a month ago he was 100%. Now he's not 100%. It's amazing what 5 on 5 scrimmages do to expose where you're really at. I'm glad he didn't force himself to play in the playoffs against Miami. He would have been killed in that game 5. That he chose not to suit up will be forgotten. But had he chosen to suit up and play at whatever level he was at then would have been catastrophic both for his health and his bank account.

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    2. well, after what happened with "I'm 80%" sentence i wouldn't take care much about jeremy's percentages :D

      let's wait the season's start...

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    3. Jeremy is too honest :) He thought he was 100% - he said so. Now that he knows better he corrected himself :)

      He should learn to dodge or evade those questions :) Sometimes silence is gold :)

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    4. He need to watch what he said and learn to speak up for himself. stop being that soft spoken Asian dude Jeremy!! stop being so shy! speak with more confidence!! is that so hard man??

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    5. It's about 5-6 months after the surgery. If his knee's not fully recovered now, it seems unlikely that it will be fully recovered in just another 3 weeks. Maybe I'm missing something.

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    6. @andrewymoon:

      Your missing the fact that Jeremy is not talking about the healing process. Hes talking about his speed and explosivness that is - other than he thought some weeks ago - not at 100%. Thats ok - only shows hes demanding. Fact is -> train 4 weeks and you gain muscle and stamina. Rest for 1-2 weeks and its all gone. He had to take it easy after surgery - thats when he probably lost some of his strength.

      It also might have to do with Jeremys training. He altered training in order to loose 10 pounds after surgery (to releave his knee). Maybe its been 10 pounds of muscle that he lost :) Anyway - hes doing fine and an athlete - provided he trains the right way - can gain a lot of power in 3 weeks. After all - normal people like me and you train an hour 3-4 times a week (if youre not a couch potatoe). NBA pros train several hours - almost every day...

      @bmzll:

      I agree - he should take care of what he says. It could be used against him (Gotham City Media). But I dont think hes soft spoken or shy. Seen how he shoved Kobe away when he got pushed? Do shy people do that? Seen how he rejected the screen and made a 3 point gws in Toronto? Most people wouldnt have the courage to do that...

      Read how his former coach (now friend) talked of him as "he can be cutthroat"? Read the article where Diepenbrock said "his level of confidence is ridiculous (in positive way)?

      Dont mistake speaking loud and fast with being souvereign. Dont mistake speaking slow with being shy. People who speak slow like JLin do so cause they use their brain more. They think as they talk. Thats ok. Others sometimes speak for minutes and after that you think "whats all that bla bla - what did he just say"?

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    7. Maybe when he said he was 100%, he meant that he was 100% at the bare minimum level of playing. Now, he needs to get back to the Linsanity level of play and is not quite there yet.

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    8. Or maybe he was 100% healed, but didn't find out about other aspects of playing until recently when he played semi-serious basketball. He was training for hours during his summer in Asia, but did not scrimmage.

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    9. Willydilly (and others), I think you guys are giving better interpretations than the knee-not-100%-healed interpretation. Otherwise, the "I'll be 100% by Oct. 31" comment doesn't seem plausible (as I said above), and we know that Jlin's smarter than that.

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    10. whoop, it looks like other people have caught on to this:

      http://www.isportstimes.com/articles/3681/20121009/jeremy-lin-still-hasnt-healed-completely-injury.htm

      But I think they should explore other interpretations (as people here have).

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    11. Knee injuries take a LONG time to heal.

      True healing can be a year or longer. Trust me, Jeremy Lin is not the only guy in the NBA whose post surgical knee is not 100%.

      Fortunately, Jeremy Lin is playing for Kevin McHale. who's got that old Celtics pacing to his coaching. It's very encouraging to see the Rockets jog up the court at the same controlled pace that the 80s Celtics used to do. At that speed, Lin is more likely to play more minutes in more games while also avoiding further injury to the knee.

      Lin will be fine. His movement looks good and he's playing at a great pace.

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    12. "But I think they should explore other interpretations (as people here have)."
      - The more negative, the more it [story] sells.
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      Perhaps JLin might try and stay away from giving numbers/ percentages/ specifics, when interviewed next time. [He'll learn.]

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    13. I think Jeremy is an honest and principled guy. He will forge his own path, just like his Volvo ad. He gave his answers truthfully today, perhaps to temper unreasonable expectations. And yes, full recovery does not equal explosiveness, speed, etc.

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    15. [Looks like the negativity is pouring in.] Time to tune out the noise, concentrate on training.

      Jeremy Lin Drives a Backup's Car

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    17. MrScrewup wrote:

      I'm glad he didn't force himself to play in the playoffs against Miami. He would have been killed in that game 5. ... would have been catastrophic both for his health and his bank account.
      ........................
      That's exactly what Lin's haters were hoping. A few from the Knicks organization were passive-aggressive about it, while most fans of a certain player were very vocal about Lin needing to man-up and play just 5 weeks after the surgery (even though they had said Lin still belonged in the D-league) - All for the game everyone, including the Knicks, knew they would have lost anyway. The Heat let the Knicks HAVE the 4th game - which was very safe for them to do - so that they would win the series at home in the next game.

      It's a good thing that team owners have to be more practical. Otherwise, Lin's basketball career likely would have been over for good, GOING BY the last regular game those two teams played against each other: The Heat's defense were focused on Lin, trapping/boxing him, while Lin's own teammates just watched from far away, obviously in an effort to kill the Linsanity, as well as D'Antoni's job - It was the WEIRDEST game I've ever watched; I stopped watching after 10 minutes into the game.

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  9. well guys, i started on hoops sports.ws the fantasy basketball league JeremyLinNet.

    the password is Jlin7 so who wants to have fun with this Nba season is welcome.

    Let's see how many of us want to join, if you want you can also invite friends.

    When you'll come in the league i'll explain everything.

    I think it would be funny. If you don't want it i'll erase that, don't worry

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  10. Dallas lost against barcelona. They was losing pretty badly and in the final minutes the mavs played with the best players. They tried really hard to be back in the game but barca was just too good for them and the final result was barca 99 dallas 85. i'm happy jeremy cited navarro as player to watch cause juan carlos has been great in europe in all these years, he's a pretty good shooter, especially from 3 point range, he's a leader and uses some tricky moves that jeremy already used last year (tryin' to get a contact and shoot).

    Maybe 5-6 playoff spots are already taken but for the last 2 houston could really have a word... if things will work out well

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    1. These games are usually meaningless. The veteran players typically don't give their best game in preseason. These games are for the teams to test their rookies and bench players, see who is worth keeping, and who should get cut.

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    2. Juan Carlos Navarro is one of the best basketball players in the world, NBA or otherwise.

      The guy is the Larry Bird of guards. He has flawless fundamentals and is much more athletic than anybody realizes. Navarro is good enough to start for most NBA teams in either backcourt position.

      More and more, European teams are beating American NBA teams in preseason exhibitions. Even though the NBA teams are loaded with high profile athletes, the European teams come to compete against NBA clubs.

      The NBA is fortunate that they never faced Nick Galis and his nasty Greek champion teams in the 80s and 90s. As good as Navarro is, Galis is on a whole different level. Not even Michael Jordan could stop Galis from scoring 50 on his UNC college team that starred Jordan along with several lottery picks. I don't even think the Detroit Piston Bad Boys could've stopped Galis!

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    3. Dallas played in the last minutes with collison mayo carter e co... When they were playing with reserves they were sinking deep.

      Good to see people who like navarro and if i can add a team that could've scared even the dream team i'd say yugoslavia with divac petrovic kukoc radja &co. Shame they played with different national teams then.....

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    4. It would have been cool to put together a "World Team" to battle the Dream Team!

      1st team:
      PG: Nick Galis
      SG: Sarunas Marciulionis
      SF: Oscar Schmidt
      PF: Dino Meneghin
      C: Arvydas Sabonis

      2nd Team:
      PG: Toni Kukoc
      SG: Drazen Petrovic
      SF: Zarko Paspalj
      PF: Dino Radja
      C: Vlade Divac

      11th man: Alexandr Volkov
      12th man: Sergei Bazarevich

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