Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rockets @ Warriors Game #54 Post Game Thread

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  1. Harden out versus Clippers via bleachers report

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  2. Jonathan Feigen ‏@Jonathan_Feigen
    Harden watched the replay postgame. Said saw ankle turn so badly, the side touched the floor. McHale: "It looked kind of nasty."

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    1. Jonathan Feigen ‏@Jonathan_Feigen
      Harden insisted that he still hopes to play tomorrow (today Houston time) in LA. It is home, but I'd be shocked. Already swelling.

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    2. heh..good job coach! you have my love. thanks for riding Harden so hard, now he's injured and can't play!

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    3. whose ankle injury more nasty? lin's or haren's?

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    4. he's worse than D'Antoni riding Jeremy like "freakin' Secretariat"

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  3. only 28 mins for Jeremy at his home town.
    38 mins for Harden and he can't play tomorrow! good coaching rotation! bravo!

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  4. no words from MCHALE on Lin to9?

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    1. waiting for post game interview to be posted~
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      McHale did say this pre-game:

      Poor Man's Commish ‏@poormanscommish
      Kevin McHale: "Jeremy Lin was playing at the ceiling for the Knicks for a few weeks...if you did that all the time, you'd be Michael Jordan"

      More Kevin McHale on Jeremy Lin: "He's not that guy, he's not Linsanity...he needs to be a singles and doubles hitter."

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    2. He did.
      He implied that he wished Lin cursed in Turkish like Asik did when being taken out.

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    3. oh come on now he's marginalizing Jeremy?

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    4. McHale just flat out said Lin can't be a go to guy for a team, he needs to be a role player.

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    5. Those quotes confirm tome that McIhatehisfrankensteinguts will make sure Lin doesn't do his LInsanity thing tomorrow, because it would undermine his stupid singles and doubles argument.

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    6. Cara, I've never seen a coach go OUT OF HIS WAY TO MARGINALIZE HIS OWN PLAYER to the media. It's fucked up, totally fucked up.

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    7. McHale rarely ever compliments LIn after the game. EVen when lIn went off for 38 points against the spurs, he was complaining about the last play of the game.
      I wish LIn can force himself out of the team - but really would be negative from a publicity standpoint. Selfish, undeserving, ingrate, etc etc.

      The only hope is for Jeremy to continue to improve and don't let McHale hold him back. Sooner or later, the truth about McHale will come out

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    8. It's getting harder and harder to think that McHale knows what he's doing.

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    9. LOL @psalm

      Kevin McHale on Omer Asik: "I have a hard time taking him out. Then he yells at me every time I take him out, too... in Turkish."

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    10. oh come on MCHALE! your comments are as stupid as K.SMART's. even worse!

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    11. Weakest link of the Rockets right now -> coach! Dumb as hell and full of hatred for his best player.

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    12. McHale knows exactly what he's doing. I don't think he's stupid, he's just ignorant. Maybe delusional too.

      How does a coach make/encourage a player become less than what he can be? I have no idea but McHale is Exhibit A. He is the antithesis of what it means to be a coach. It's just such a shame that he's getting paid to be a coach and he gets this money ultimately from fans. Actions speak louder than words and his actions combined with his lack of words for Lin says more than enough.

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    13. If that's what McHale said, he's gone down considerably in my estimation. Bah Humbug!!

      Is there a video for this? Quite difficult to trust media these days..twist and turns to make headlines. Not all reporters though because at the end of the day, their editors have the final say.

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    14. Found the reply in response to kay
      @poormanscommish
      From what I know about NBA coaches, generally they like to bring along non-superstar athlete players gradually. (?)

      @kayincatseyes
      I would just hate for Lin to not play to his potential because the system he's in is trying to make him a certain way.

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    1. Id rather Lin trains with this camp:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4hUAEZiAkM

      A coach who speaks up for his players... a team that is really fighting for a teammate. What else can you wish for?

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  6. Linsanity vs Chris Paul tomorrow. No Harden. Can Lin give the Rockets a really important win against the Clippers. You be he can. Tomorrow will be exciting!

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  7. I'm dreading it. I fear McDantesinferno will come up with new ways to marginalize Lin, like giving Beverly more minutes than Lin, etc.

    McTexasChainsawmassacre doesn't want a repeat of San Antonio. He doesn't not want Lin going off. And he'll do whatever he can to make sure it doesn't happen.

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  8. Jonathan Feigen ‏@Jonathan_Feigen
    All that said, can't imagine Harden will be playing, especially if already swelling. His opinion counts more than mine. Knee got worse, too.

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    1. The funny thing is at this rate Harden will be out before the end of the season trying to hit home runs. McHale is being foolish running his star to the ground.

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    2. I think he thinks Harden is one of those guys that is invincible and will bounce back from any little injuries. In a weird way, he's like Dantoni, willing to ride a player like secretariat as long as he's playing well. He's like the anti-Greg Popovich.

      GOd, I wish it was Popovich that was coaching the Rockets, and not Mcdracula.

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    3. psalm, i didn't even think about how McClueless is actually hurting Harden and the team by playing him so much minutes and in terms of usage. Harden has never played as a starter before, and never handled the ball so much before. It's inevitable, especially given that his game is getting contact and getting to the line, that McClueless's handling of Harden is terrible coaching/managing and if Harden suffers an even serious injury this season, it's on McFail's total incompetence.

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    4. @roberlin - if Popovich is running the Rockets, he and Morey or Les may be locking horns from time to time, with Popovich either yelling or benching players for being a non-factor during games.but, with the way he mold Tony Parker, I don't mind Popovich breathing on Jeremy's neck

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    5. It's mind-boggling how he will overutilize Harden and Parsons and underutilize Lin.

      I guess Lin and his fans have to be patient until the right moment comes to unleash Linsanity. The ceiling? He'll break the old ceiling of Linsanity.

      Popovich, George Karl, D'Antoni or anyone who believes Lin can raise the ceiling!

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    6. That's the truth, @roberlin! McHale is actually hurting Harden's efficiency by letting him to drive 1-on-3 so many times to the rim. He should let Lin break down defenses with dribble penetration and find Harden for this smooth 3PT shooting most of the time. At least 50-50

      But McHale is so stubborn to make his multi-PG system work that he goes with what personnels make his system looks good. Harden's and Parson's 38-40 min are way too much!

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  9. Good win, but again a frustrating night for us Lin fans.
    He got the double double but really can't be happy with the minutes he got.

    I really hate how McHale spreads out Lin's minutes which has now become more solidified than the random in and out in the beginning of the season.
    Lin sit at the end of 2nd and between 3rd and 4th.

    The biggest issues is obviously between the crucial 3rd and 4th which can stretch as long as 12 minutes depending how Beverley is playing. As long as Beverly is making plays, then McHale will stretch his minutes out as long as he possibly can - at the expense of Lin getting cold on the bench

    If I could find any positivity from this is that, Lin will come back in sooner if Beverly is playing badly and that Lin will now consistently finish the game. He did come in today when they were down by 10 so McHale will find a way to get him in.

    This will NOT change as long as we are winning. McHale will stay as long as we make the playoffs. It's clearly Harden's team with Lin not as robin but just as one of the role players - competing for more minutes. And no one except us LIn fans will complain with our voices falling on dear ears.

    I am have to set my expectations lower for Lin for the rest of the season because otherwise I am going to go (L)insane watching him being demeaned like this.

    And I am going to chuck it up to McHale treating Lin as a rookie this year like he said in that article. Hopefully, he will get more responsibilities and minutes next year.

    What Morey and McHale need to realize is team will not be winning any championships playing this type of gimmicky democratic ball with no true pg. Teams with traditional offense is the one that excels in off season.

    I still believe Lin has the skills to become an elite PG in the league if he is given the reigns to play to his strengths. Conversly, there is no PG in the league who will be able to excel playing in this stupid minutes Mchale has LIn playing.


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    1. Good post. Yeah, it is so so frustrating that 3rd to 4th quarter stretch. Demeaning as you put it. Totally disrespectful. Lin had a PER 2nd to guess who last year in the 4th??? Still guessing....it was none other than CP3. Yes better than Kobe, Lebron and Durant. Lin is one of the top 10 clutch 4th quarter players.

      I think McHale has a low IQ. I would school him in any metrics other than athletics.

      Anyway, like I said I will be at the game tomorrow and wearing a throwback Lin NY Knicks jersey. I refuse to buy a Houston one because I do not respect the Houston coaches.

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    2. Stu, cool man, I refuse to buy a Houston jersey, too. More so because I will forever consider Lin a Knick, even if he never plays for them again. But, with how Lin's being fucked over in Houston, that jersey would only bring up painful memories.

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    3. *sigh* I know ...

      There's nothing else that Lin can do except to wait it out, be ready and seize the moment when Harden is out. And it will happen because coaches are running Harden and Parsons to the ground. What a foolish rotation and substitution pattern.

      Who's to say that Harden's injured knee didn't affect his multiple TOs before he stepped on DLee's foot? Now his knee is getting worse and his ankle is messed up.

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    4. or their fans either. Never seen a fan base who loves to degrade one of its own players while longing for marginal players who are now gone (Dragic and Lowery).

      At least you will get to see LIn as a primary PG (maybe) - would McHale stoop as low as to limit LIn's minutes after what he did against Spurs this year without Harden?

      I absolutely hate the fact that McHale has already placed ceiling on LIn, essentially saying that it was all a fluke instead of harnessing his true potential.

      Not sure why Lin has to deal with this B.S adversity year after year, even after what he did last year - hopefully he will find a way out of it. Have fun tomorrow. Hope you get to witness LInsanity rebirth tomorrow.

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    5. I dont think McHale is stupid. That only leaves one reason for him to treat Lin the way he does...

      Yes - to entrust your 3rd PG with the most important minutes of the game and let your 1st PG play garbage time is quite a statement...

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    6. Good idea, perhaps I will buy Knicks jersey instead of Houston as a sign of protest

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    7. Also - McHale thinks that Lin is the weakest link of the team. If he had the choice he probably wouldnt let Lin play at all.

      He doesnt realise that right now HE is the weakest link of the team. Yes - the team is winning games but they could have a better record...

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    8. psalm, yes! Plus, the blue and orange colors are way way cooler than the Houston communist red jersey.

      willydilly, good point, McHell and Homer Simpson are the weakest links. (That was a good show, btw). It's just no one seems to see it except Lin fans.

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    9. willydilly, I completely agree with you. I think McHale thinks he is stuck with Lin. The reason he is playing him has to be because of Morey and Les and the contract he has.

      There was a rumor that McHale was furious when he found out the management let Dragic go and got Lin. AFter seeing what has transpired thus far, there is definitely much credence to that claim.

      If McHale had his way, Lin would go back to the bench And he wouldn't even show Lin the respect he is giving Beverley. The way McHale berates throughout the game it is just unbelievable lin hasn't exploded yet.

      LIn definitely has more patience than I do because if that was me, it's on. Either he goes or I go. It's one thing if he is a hall of fame coach, he is a marginal coach at best who was hired because there were no good options left.

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    10. Lin says that he likes being in Houston, but I don't buy it. What is he supposed to say? I hate this Helltown, fans, management, owner, fucking moron coaches. He is very PC.

      He mentioned that he is fine not being a primary playmaker,etc.. again, I don't believe it. What is he supposed to say? He might change that answer next year when he becomes a more of a complete player. When you have leverage, you can say a lot. For now, he is being PC.

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    11. I think I like the red. Red looks better on girls. I ll buy the rockets jersey one day if things turn out good.

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    12. alcsd, yup definitely. I don't believe anything LIn says. The dude just doesn't want to rock the boat.

      What was so telling about that article was what McHale said. If you can't glean what he implied, then you can't be more obtuse.

      I just can't help but think how great Lin would;ve been in NYC this year. NY fans appreciated him because they saw the potential first hand. He would've been doing great things with Kidd mentoring him and being treated as a key member of the team.

      Freaking morey had to use that stupid poison pill. At least if you had to do it, get a coach who believes in your players

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    13. Too bad I didn't get a Knicks jersey last year. But I too will be at the game tomorrow.

      It's funny, I had this crazy belief that "Linsanity" had proved to most people that Lin is good. Lin knew better all along. He knew he would have to prove himself again and again, but who knew it would be the coach that he would have to prove himself to repeatedly and endlessly. The adversity is still there and will keep coming. Lin's faith in God never ceases to amaze me and I believe that God has more in store for him. I believe in the rainbow at the end of the tunnel for Lin. We just need to wait it out with him.

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    14. I can live - barely - with McHale's imperfect motion scheme that scores about 110 a game and is #1 in the entire NBA in offense.

      What I'm disappointed in is McHale's utter lack of accountability on DEFENSE.

      McHale gets on Lin for defense, but he spares all the other perimeter players. The result is that teams are attacking the Rockets perimeter players to get easy scores. Harden and Beverley are really bad in that they "leak" for fast breaks before the ball has even reversed direction.

      As a player, McHale was known for defense. He also played with some super defensive guards including Danny Ainge, Dennis Johnson, and ML Carr. Those great perimeter defenders, though not at Lin's level, stopped perimeter penetration so that McHale could focus on guarding his man. McHale doesn't realize how important Lin is defensively.

      I'm calling it now. At any point, the Rockets could go into a losing streak due to bad perimeter defense. Jeremy Lin is the only perimeter player who is really playing GREAT defense (best guard defender in the entire NBA), and Toney Douglas has the effort but not the court sense.

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    15. KHuang, just bc Mchale was a great player doesn't mean he's a good coach!

      Your bench guy is a bench guy for a reason and unless he's completely dominating the game, he should not be playing crucial 4th qtr minutes ahead of the starter. Why the f.uck is this so hard to understand??!?!

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    16. McHale is a great DEVELOPMENTAL coach, which is not the same as being a great in-game coach.

      McHale has a real problem with not understanding the nuances of NBA defenses. Thus he overplays his bench PGs but often loses the lead because of the poor defense. Then McHale has to stick Lin back in to stop the defensive bleeding.

      Still, McHale is over 0.500 with the minimum wage Rockets. He actually is a legitimate Coach of the Year candidate because of how the youngest team in the league has become one of the better teams in the NBA

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    1. That's hella people for a post game Q&A

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    2. hehe.. It's the visiting JLin who had the post game Q&A. (not anyone of the GSW players)

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    3. Wow, I want to see the video. Never seen something like that before. (Specially since it is at another team arena.

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    4. What, you don't remember how media crazy it was in Toronto before and after "The Shot" last year? And how crazy it was when Toronto fans cheered when Lin made the last minute shot that beat their own team.

      GOod times, good times.

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    5. :) Jeremy Lin Q&A~
      What animal would you be? "A dolphin. Because they are fluid and smooth."

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    6. Yes Roberlin, I remember but I havn't seen a q&a after a game in an away arena.

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    7. Nicole C. Wong ‏@nicolecwong
      At post-game Q&A, @JLin7 said his best #advice for young Asian Americans is to #love #God with all your heart

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    8. *with all your heart and trust him.

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    9. Looks like most of the crowd is in GSW gear but still showing love for Lin.

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    10. did mchale get that much love in any of his postgame Q&A during his peak as NBA player? #jealous#LINSANITY

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    11. SF mayor is asian? Didnt he say "happy new year" in cantonese and told people it was mandarin?

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    12. I think he said both Kung Hei Fat Choi and Sin Nien Quai Le..?

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  11. Someone please make the coaching staff miss bus tmor! Want to see Lin play PG for 35 min

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    1. :) At least you saved yourself a whole lot of grief and frustration, @jc. [Revisit the game thread when you have time and you'll see...]

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    2. Ahaha... good for me then. :>

      I have started reading the previous thread. So much frustration and ranting eh...

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    3. The play at 1:34 is superstar. 4 people tried to stop him and he scores.

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  13. Daryl Morey ‏@dmorey
    Impressive to beat playoff rival GSW with 3-ball not falling; @chandlerparsons, @jlin7, @asikomer stepped up big time; @JHarden13=toughness
    10:50 PM - 12 Feb 13

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  14. Benjamin Lo ‏@lobenja
    Jeremy Lin Q&A What animal would you be? "A dolphin. Because they are fluid and smooth."

    - i love dolphins too!!!! (and turtles and seals...)

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    1. Cool. Dolphins have been my favorite animal since I was a kid.

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    2. and they end up in tuna cans...

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    3. There you go, @isabelijane. Now you know what animal to put in your Youtube video to challenge Lin in ping-pong :D

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    4. @wil~ Aha, from cute to carnage...

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    5. You go girl, .isbeli, you can find a lot similarities with jlin. I am a typical girl. I like butterfly better.:)But dolPhin is cute too.

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    7. @lydia - butterfly... that reminded me of Mariah Carey

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  15. Lin got another WIN.

    14 points and 10 assists with zero turnovers, beating a powerful rival on their home court? That's LINSANITY to me.

    McHale makes his mistakes, such as playing Harden so much that Harden is out for the next game. I'm sure there are many things that could and should've been done differently. But the Rockets STILL WON, and McHale deserves some credit for that.

    Before people like alscd criticize me for being a McHale supporter, I'll warn them that I am not a devoted fan of McHale's coaching style or am happy with the way he is handling Lin. I think McHale does not understand how good a player Jeremy Lin is, nor do I think McHale knows how Jeremy is actually his saving grace. I also don't think McHale understands the internal dynamics of the team, particularly the disconnect between perimeter players and inside players that Lin is desperately trying to repair.

    I see the good, the bad, the ugly, and the VERY UGLY with Kevin McHale vs Lin.

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    1. I respect that. I agree entirely.

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    2. A fair statement. I think if you are rockets fan, you can't hate a coach whose team is winning.

      However, if you are primarily a lin fan who is following the Rockets because Lin is playing there, no way in hell we can give that loser credit for treating our player that way. He is a f#@$@#$@Ving @#QEWRQRWE!!!!

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    3. You forget to mention that McHale seems to have no concept that long term development and goals trump short term ones. Greg Popovich has the broad vision that makes him the best coach in the NBA. That's how come he's willing to bench his star players against Chicago (a second game of a backtoback), AND, his coaching is so good, the team full of role players DESTROY the Bulls in Chicago, AND his team has the best record in the NBA, even though he only has one true star, Tony Parker, in the prime, and two past their prime stars, and a bunch of role players.

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    4. solidz, you can criticize a coach for winning, if he does so in a way that undermines the team's long term goals and development. Driving his star player into the ground by overusing him is a good example of that; undermining and underutilizing your other star player is another good example of that. And, the truth is, the team is barely treading above .500, and some of the losses can attributed to his shitty coaching.

      It's really too bad the NY media couldn't get their hands on McHell. They'd tear him to shreds and expose his utter incompetence in a NY minute.

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    5. @KHuang:

      Let me take over for alscd...

      You have claimed in dozens of posts that McHale knew what he was doing. You claimed that McHale would "tiger mom style abuse" (not a quote but a summary) Lin into a better player. You have maintained that position for months. You have changed your mind about that not too long ago. So - its not unfair to say that you at least USED TO support McHales way of treating Lin.

      Now - you just stated above that McHale does not know what Lin is doing out there. You said that he does not understand the internal dynamics of the team and yet you give him credit for the victory? Did he make one good decision recently? What was his contribution?

      I say that the team would be better off without that coach. I even think the team would have won this game if JLin had coached the team on the fly - without a real coach. Yes - I say the man is a "bendan" who doesnt know what he is doing. He entrusted the 3rd PG of the team with the most important 3rd and 4th quarter minutes instead of letting is 1st PG play. He openly and publicly hummiliated his star player.

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    6. KHuang,

      you are taking baby steps to see McHale objectively. Please continue to do so.

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    7. @Roberlin:

      Good post! I totally agree!

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    8. why is everyone keeping spelling my name wrong, including you Khuang. ALCSD not alscd

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    9. I am an NBA fan who wants to see the highest level of basketball played by both teams, so I follow Jeremy Lin because he plays the game EXACTLY the way I want to see it played (actually BETTER because Lin sees opportunities on the court that a no gamer like me could never possibly even dream of).

      I'm not watching Lin specifically, though I do follow his team because his game is so intriguing to me. I'm watching the ENTIRE game, including the other team. Thus Lin is just a part of the whole, albeit a part so important to winning that I seriously doubt anybody on this forum has a higher esteem for Lin than I do.

      McHale is a very imperfect coach who does not understand what he has in Lin. That said, true superstars are NEVER truly understood by their coaches.

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    10. @Roberlin - could not agree more. Someone said it before, Lin is surviving and performing despite McHale. McHale is lucky that he's in Houston because if he was in a place like NY or LA, he would be exposed.

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    11. sorry alcsd. I will try to get it right.

      baby steps? tiger moms? Alcsd and willydilly, you guys minsunderstand me.

      Jeremy Lin started this season with some technical issues I wanted to see corrected. Given McHale's vaunted history of developing players, I knew from the start that McHale would whip Lin into championship form. He HAS.

      I have no trouble with Lin's offensive role on the Rockets, abhorent as that may sound to people who believe that Lin would be a 20-10 player with a different coach (and I AGREE with those folks). Yet the Rockets score 110 a game and are #1 in offense. Shifting more touches and shots to Lin could do little to improve that #1 offensive ranking.

      I do have a big problem with McHale on defense, however. I don't like how McHale expects the bigs to clean up after the perimeter players, plus I don't like how Jeremy Lin gets no pick and roll help on defense. I feel that McHale doesn't understand the severity of traps on Lin, for if he did he's be drawing up some plays to defeat the traps. Not surprisingly, the Rockets are like dead last in defense. Yet the Rockets win anyway.

      I like McHale for Lin's offensive development, but I dislike McHale for lack of defensive accountability and lack of defense sophistication.

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    12. @alcsd:
      I spelled it right!

      @KHuang:
      Yes KHuang - you are the Zen-Master of basketball watching. You are not (or no longer) a LOF (despite stating otherwise some time ago). This is probably why you had all the heated debates with people and what no. Its all part of enjoying the game with estemm for both sides right?

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    13. Willydilly,

      You didn't spell it right. Here is what you wrote: Look above.

      Let me take over for alscd...

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    14. quoting KHuang "I feel that McHale doesn't understand the severity of traps on Lin, for if he did he's be drawing up some plays to defeat the traps."

      That is what I've been trying to say all this time. Please if you can, just re-watch the match again. See just how much effort the Warriors put to free up / make open space for Curry offensively, it is mind boggling. On the other hand, Lin doesn't get even 25% of the effort from the Rockets and he can still do good. Just imagine if Lin could get at least 50%.

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    15. I think it is really not to see something that is very obvious unless you intentionally ignored it. Or maybe McHale and the coaching staff just don't have the brain to make plays and hoping to get open look just by keep moving off the ball without enough support(hoping the opposition to make mistake instead of forcing the opposition to make mistake)

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    16. If I could inject for a moment. Curry was free up through screens because Curry's game is much different than Lin's game. Curry is a shooter and can make those shots consistently as oppose to Lin. Lin is more of a driving PG and a facilitator. He can make those mid range shots but his shots are not as consistent as Curry. McHale does not know what to do for Lin and has it in his mind that Lin is not like Harden who can consistently score at will. Hence McHale makes Harden the #1 option. His vision for Lin is for him to move the ball around, play defense and not shoot as much. You can see in the game yesterday when Lin held onto the ball and passed it to Harden with like 3 or 4 seconds left and Harden not knowing the shot clock committed a 24 sec violation. McHale was yelling at Lin from the sidelines to move the ball. I am not enamored with McHale's treatment and substitution pattern with Lin and at the same time how he is favoring Harden to be on the floor even with an injury. Despite what others are saying, McHale has no faith that Lin can win the game without Harden. He said it himself in the interview. He doesn't expect Lin to be Linsanity and doesn't expect Lin to be a home run hitter. I really have a disdain for McHale and his coaching staff. I thought in the beginning he was protecting Lin, but it is becoming more and more obvious that he is marginalizing Lin and what he can bring to the team.

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  16. Kevin McHale on Jeremy Lin: "He's not that guy, he's not Linsanity...he needs to be a singles and doubles hitter."

    He is the guy who creates Linsanity. period.
    What did you create, Mr. Mchail?

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    1. McHale was never a believer of Linsanity in the first place. Like many who shares in his view, McHale thinks that it was just a farce and Lin cannot be that "guy" who can score consistently. He would rather have his PG pass the ball around and move it to the #1 scoring option, which is Harden. He really have nothing to say positively when Lin has a good game. He doesn't even reward Lin when he is having a good game. That's marginalizing your PG. It is so obvious when you are watching those games.

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  17. [Jeez...]

    Jason Friedman: Harden says ankle swelling a bit but will get treatment and still hoping to be able to play tomorrow...all I can tell you is I'm on team plane & no determination made at this time. Much will depend on how he feels tmrw.

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  18. Jeremy was outstanding...again.

    Even with erratic substitutions and phantom calls on defense, he managed 14/10 with zero TOs. The cold shooting wasn't a big problem because he went 8/8 at the FT line! 14pts on 11 shots is actually solid -- same as 6-11 with 2/2 FTs.

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  19. So , it's a win by the Rox with JLin having a double-double , but the atmosphere here seems gloomy. I guess I missed a lot huh...

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  20. Rockets coach Kevin McHale said no player would get used to the kind of scrutiny the 24-year-old underwent — and still undergoes, to some extent, after re-joining Houston this summer as a free agent. “At certain points in your NBA career, like LeBron [James] is going through right now, you play on the ceiling,” McHale said. “You play at your max level. Jeremy happened to do that in New York for three weeks. And you don’t play on the ceiling all the time. If you do that, you’re called, ‘Michael Jordan.’”


    I just dont understand why McHale cant see Jeremy as how we see him?! really puzzling! Whats up McHale?!!! munching my words here...JLin is a gem, and Linsanity is no fluke.

    ANd for JLin, man, just be a little selfish and take more shots, eventhough its not falling. atleast 15 shots per game.

    When I play BB, I cant feel the game, by just taking 8-10 shots. WHen shot fails, just drive to the basket to get it going...we all know you could do it seamlessly

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    1. Two things that McHale should know:

      Linsanity is not/ has never been all about Lin. Linsanity is what people (and the media) felt watching Lin playing basketball - his brand of basketball.

      He did not play on the ceiling. He simply played his brand of basketball. Its a way of playing that JLin doesnt get to play in Houston because his coach doesnt know a thing about Lins brand of basketball. Therefor - Linsanity is being contained - not by the player but by the players coach.

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    2. Lin is not a fluke. Lins coach - IS. Period.

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    3. Which is why Harden has one move :)

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    4. When McAsshole dismisses Linsanity as three great weeks in an average player's career, what he conveniently forgets to mention is that those three weeks occurred in HIS FIRST NBA starts, as a virtual rookie. So, you can't compare LInsanity to Lebron's streak in his NINTH season as a superstar player.

      And, we all saw the comparisons last year, the players who had similar numbers to Lin in their first starts pretty much all of them went on to have stellar careers.

      Dammit, Damian Lillard is having a nice season, no stretch of games coming even close to Linsanity, and yet Clyde Drexler is already saying he's close to being an elite point guard.

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    5. Roberlin,

      Lillard is a lottery pick and black.

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    6. @alcsd you forget to add he has a lot of tattoos

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  21. Those quotations by McHale is demeaning. McHale is correct, JLin is not Michael Jordan. He is Jeremy mutha effin Lin. It is no way to mentor and foster a young 1st generation player. Asian parents will say why can't you be Michael Jordan, in fact you should be better than Michael. Houston should hire Phil Jackson with his Zenmaster like coaching. I mean Phil already embraces Eastern and complex philosophy. While the Western Philosophy of McHale is short term and simple.

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  22. Out of curiousity, anyone know when TD will be back?

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    1. another depressingly ignorant article. The guy obviously hasn't watched the games closely and doesn't know what he's talking about. The fact that he said Lin clearly is no Kyrie Irving was confirmation that the writer is an idiot. That's actually a good thing, he's no Kyrie Irving, because Kyrie is a shooting guard masquerading as a point guard.

      And Lin not even a Dru Holliday? LOL. I don't remember the games, but, Dru Holliday did not clearly outplay Lin and make it obvious that Holliday is at a level unreachable by Lin. Btw, how are the 76ers doing this season with Holliday? How's Cleveland doing with Kyrie?

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  24. Fucking McHale, how the hell does he know that Lin maxed out in his first 8 stars ever????????????? That quote is really setting me off. Oh my fucking god, McHale is (#($R*#_)#()9#$&50958a.

    Tell me, Mcshithead, why couldn't he be Michael Jordan? WHY?

    Oh, we all know why. Don't need to be said. Cuz, you know, Asian men can't play basketball, let alone jump.

    Ugh, what sucks is that Mcracistshithead is not going get to get called on his fucked up comments.

    What about that 38 point game against San Antonio this year? Doesn't that suggest that, hey, maybe Lin's ceiling indeed might be Linsanity. Let's try to support and cultivate that as much as possible.

    This is the same racist bullshit Lin's faced his entire career. Even when he plays well, it gets dismissed as flukes.

    I'm so depressed.




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    1. HAHAHAHAAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGGGHHHHHHHHHHH

      Unbelievable. We're supposed to but this shit that McHale is a great communicator when he spews nonsense left and right, but we're supposed to just accept that Lin sucks.

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    2. McHale does suck @Roberlin. But JLin WILL not let McHale's small-mindedness defeat him, believe.

      McHale's limited beliefs defines HIM; they are powerless and CANNOT tell JLin what he KNOWS about WHO he is and HOW FAR he WILL go. He remains full-hearted, unbroken. His faith in himself remains strong. :)

      Same for us. We're frustrated, and angry -> And that's how we know WE'LL KEEP FIGHTING. :)

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    4. Via,

      I told you once that you have an old soul. That is the ultimate respect in my book. I wasn't wrong about you. You are the voice of reason.

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    5. I wonder - does via have an old body to go with that old soul? Please upload a picture :) .... just kidding.

      Anyway - somebody wrote that there is that rumorn going around that McHale was in rage when he heard that the traded for Lin.

      Maybe its not hatred or anything but false pride. Maybe he rejected Lin and is too proud now to admit a mistake. So - he tries to prove his point by messing with Lin...

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    6. via, deep down, i'm with you. It's just depressing to me particularly because what Jeremy's gone and is going through is similar to stuff I've dealt with at work. Except, I couldn't handle it and got sick. So, i'm probably projecting my own failures onto Jeremy, and thinking he'll crack from all the BS like I did.

      So, yeah, deep down, I know Jeremy will come out of this with his dignity intact, with complete integrity, and an amazing player that people can no longer dismiss or ignore.

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    7. Willydilly,

      Via is not old. The reason I called her an old soul is because I think she is very wise, calm, and very objective in her view. She doesn't change her view easily. That is why I think she is very wise. Maybe I should use another term. She doesn't like this old soul thingy.

      I still think Morey has something to do with this. Addelman left because he didn't want to be told by Morey. They told Addelman that he wasn't smart and they should be more involved.



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    8. On top of that Via has a way of putting words that make sense. She is very good with articulating what she wants to say. I used to think she was the mod for this site.

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    9. Coach should learn from via how to articulate.

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    10. @Roberlin , Cheer up man. Stop with the depression already. We still have a long way to go... :>

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    11. [Hey I'm old ENOUGH to do stuff, and that's good enough for me! ;P]

      @alcsd~ I appreciate the kind words, esp fr you, but haha they make me nervous. Really [REALLY] I'm just a student, just trying to learn. Beginner's mind...

      @wil~ Whatever McHale's reason is for how he's behaving, even if we might understand them, they continue to harm. I have no sympathy for that type of irresponsibility. PEOPLE ALWAYS KNOW WHAT THEY DO [unfortunately, for them. There is no escape to self-awareness.] Isn't this what denial and projection is for? To assuage cognitive dissonance -> The fact that one knows to be avoidant = premeditation and guilt. Also, isn't the most effective way to lie to others to believe the lie yourself?

      @Roberlin~ Yeah, I have no doubt JLin will pull through. :)...I'm sorry to hear you got sick fr your experience. I hope things are good with you where you're at now. I think he'll embrace the trials and bid his time. :) Patience indeed is a virtue.

      ~The most impt thing really is to SEE CLEARLY and not flinch at the ugly parts. Ones time will come, and when it does, be responsible and do what must be done, unflinchingly. [I'm sorry but the MOST DESPICABLE THING in my eyes would be the SELF-INDULGENCE OF NON-DISCERNMENT/ cowardly non-judgement -> We seem to believe it's some kind of graciousness, or sophisticated benevolence. NO, it is outright violence to good people who CHOOSE to do right when they could have easily followed the mob.]

      At the risk of being ungrateful -> the kind words are heavy, guys haha, I'm JUST via. REALLY, I'm just trying to learn. :)

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    12. *There is no escape FROM self-awareness.

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    13. Just re-read my above-post. Self-indulgent in not discerning -> Not referring to JLin. He is not that irresponsible.

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  25. reposting this for Roberlin:

    leanne koh ‏@leannekoh
    Jeremy Lin Q&A. I wanted better questions to be asked. @ Oracle Arena

    - haha he's probably sick of the "do you have a gf?" or those related with the Knicks questions.

    RoberlinFebruary 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM
    does he have a gf? I really want to know.

    IsabeliJaneFebruary 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM
    no idea @roberlin. I think that is one part of his personal life he'd like to keep for himself.he didn't even speak about his dating life when he was in Harvard and his exes did a good job of hiding themselves. his friends did "out" him how he was as a boyfriend.

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    1. A lot of people are like that. They filmed Yao in his home (Year of Yao) and there was a picture. Someone asked "is this your girlfriend" and Yao said "Yes but I dont want you to film her".

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    2. What i said in other thread - someone should set up Lin with Selena Gomez. Both Christians, both nice, close enough in age (he's 24, she's 20), and she's hot. They'd make a way better couple than her and justin freakin' bieber.

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    3. What else should be asked of Jeremy? He is a basketball player. Should we ask him how he would solve the problem of food distribution which causes class hunger in third world countries?

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    4. ask him, how do you spell temporal?

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    5. He doesn't have a GF. He confirmed it at the Sundance Festival.

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    6. @Roberlin - I don't think he'd like to be with someone famous, especially with all those prying on his personal life. add another famous to the equation and all sorts of people will be prying for details on his personal life.just only himself and people are practically starting rumors about him, with that Kim Kardashian dating rumor.

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    7. If I'm a girl and live in US, I would make more effort to be Lin's GF. If any of you girls can, you could at least give it a try

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    8. @Roberlin
      Relationship shouldn't solely be based on looks. What matters is they share the same values, religion, respect, work ethics, etc. Of course it's always a bonus if your partner is 'hot'...who wouldn't ;). But then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I'm glad that he doesn't have any stan though. I asked my niece and her friends just last week and they say girl warrior, Yoon Eun Hye and a few others. They've been watching way too much korean shows.

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    9. @Rikki unfortunately I'm not in the US... so....bad! lol!

      @CJW - well if all guys in the world are like you there won't be any single girls

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    10. Lol CJW I can totally relate to that. Korean/pretty culture really have taken its toll on ordinary men average joe like me too espcially in east and south east asia. Do you know that many taiwanees men come all the way to a remote village in my country just to get a wife

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    11. I'd have to say looks is somewhat impt for men, [although not for women.] Without that type of attraction, the relationship will struggle, no? [And a responsible woman would take care of herself, not only for herself but out of courtesy towards her SO.]
      Anyhow JLin is young, handsome, rich, famous, well-educated -> It's a cinch to find someone of similar values, religion, respect, work ethic AND HOT, no problem. :)

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    12. Don't tell me you're Thai, Rikki?

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    13. Sorry Rikki, if my question comes across offensive to you. Looking at your name, you're not Thai but Indonesian...sorry again...

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    1. Potlucks for CNY ... nice to have community. No red envelope this year ... time for you to give out a few, JLIN ! You're an adult now :-)

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    2. But he's not married yet. :)

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    3. Isn't the rule is you have to be married(to have own family) before you can give them. I'm still single so I cannot give it to my nieces.

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    4. @Rikki~ As far as I know, yeah.

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    5. Yep that is also what my family thought me. Tradition is tradition.

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    6. That's what I thought too. As long as you're single, you will always receive HongBao even if you're old. Don't know if one gets if they're a divorce(e)?? I always get HongBao visiting my colleague. Don't know the significance but was always told to bring 2 oranges and getting 2 back at the end of the visit. I love yusheng & chinese wafer roll..yum

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    7. oh, that's probably why I received a hong bao from a Chinese colleague. still single

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  27. McHale:- “He’s doing better defensively,” McHale said. “He has a way more concerted effort at keeping people in front of him. He’s throwing the ball ahead. He’s making simpler, easier plays on the offense end, not looking for home runs.

    “Jeremy, by nature, is a home run hitter. Home run hitters strike out a lot. When you have the ball in your hand and you’re the point guard, you’re better off being a leadoff guy who gets a lot of walks and gets some singles and doubles. How many home run hitters are point guards in our league? Very few. But by nature, that’s who he is. But he’s a young kid, and he’s improving all the time.”

    Lin didn’t become a sensation by hitting seeing-eye singles through the hole. He rarely matches the Lin of last season but does show how it was done. And it is nice to know he did it once even if it is not the goal now, as if it were all enough to make him believe the best is yet to come.



    Lin said. “The thing I need to remember and remind myself is my role is different. In this one, I’m not as much of the primary playmaker, primary ballhandler. It doesn’t mean I can’t do it. It just means I won’t get as many looks at that. That’s totally fine, because it takes pressure off me, and we have someone who is really, really, really good — James — who is able to do it. Just learning to play off of him, play with him, has been a great learning process for me.

    “For me, I think that’s something that I see. ‘OK, I’m capable of doing that. I’ve done that before.’ It’s not something I could have maintained. I still feel like the best parts of my career are yet to come. A lot of that is tied to team success, deep playoff runs and things like that. I don’t think I’ll ever average whatever I averaged in that stretch. But that’s OK with me.”

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    1. McHale needs to take some communication skills lessons. His homerun hitting analogy makes no sense at all.

      When he says homerun hitters strike out a lot, i assume he's referring to turn-overs. But, most of his turnovers last year weren't because he was trying to make the "Homerun play," whatever that might be, but, usually because of a lack of concentration. He'd have games where he'd have 2 or 3 turnovers on routine plays.

      If anything, the homerun hitter that strikes out a lot better describes Harden this year than Linsanity last year.

      sigh. No wonder McHale tries to not answer media questions. Because he'd get exposed as the clueless numbnut that he is.

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    2. So sad, this is so telling, “The thing I need to remember and remind myself is my role is different."

      He knows he can do more and play better but they don't need or want that from him. I hope he finds a balance between playing his brand of basketball and that of his team.

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    3. "In this one, I’m not as much of the primary playmaker, primary ballhandler. It doesn’t mean I can’t do it. It just means I won’t get as many looks at that."

      this is sad to read...really...sigh!

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    4. I just hope, JLin doesnt buy into Mchale, and starts to shun his game...he should always remember NYC and Linsanity. He should improve on other areas of weakness but NEVER forget what he is capable of doing and go for it once in a while like the Spurs game.

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    5. I had a dream a couple of months ago (while Lin was struggling) that Morey got an approval from Les to trade Lin. I hope my dream comes true.

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    6. He's very diplomatic with the press, that's all.

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    7. Maybe McHale thinks Linsanity means being primary scorer and scores more than JH. That is not what Linsanity was about. Its by making the team run on high spirit! It only means to make JH score more efficiently and the rest of the team.

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    8. Lin is too smart to buy whatever McSHITT is selling him.

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    9. @alcsd,

      keep our fingers crossed - lin be embraced fully and appreciated by his new coach. :)

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    10. A smart coach who requests for Lin. Like I said before, I hope history repeats itself.

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  28. Wow there are a ton of hate going on in this forum, guess k.smith is right by ducking out early. I'm going to point out a few things that people don't wanna hear, but plz keep the profanities and name calling to a minimum. Someone pointed out that there are young fans reading this sight, most likely Christian, so let's all do a better job of policing ourselves.

    Fact is Rockets won. I'm personally not happy at all with the way the game was played, it was very inefficient.

    Why? GSW was completely at a loss as to what to do, they were playing by talent only. Bogut/Lee/Jack/Jefferson was caught out of rotation defensively and offensively basically the entire game and they ended up pointing fingers at each other all night, it reeked of poor chemistry coming off of a 4 game losing streak, and it showed.

    Rockets should have blown them out huge today regardless if their 3s were falling. Instead they were playing like highschool scrubs and was almost just as bad.

    Can this be McHale's way of conserving energy for the Clippers game? I don't think so, because he risked an injured Harden to win today. I don't know what he was trying to prove, but his lack of confidence in Lin especially in front of a lot of fans tonight is just mind boggling, its almost as if they wanted to showcase Harden in front of what would basically be a very large Asian audience. To be fair GSW was defending Lin lots, and Curry was on his game, and Bogut made it really difficult for Lin to defend the PnR...Lin was in charge last game, they were out to stop Lin. Whereas Harden was self destructing.

    Personally even though Lin only shot 3/11, I think he did well with 14pts 10 assists 0 turnovers, a very respectable double-double. I haven't seen Lin draw that many fouls in a long time, and you can't ask for more than 8/8 freebies, though he should have had 3-4 more assists today.

    I'm with KHuang here, I don't like McHale as a game coach, but he is good at finding Lin's faults and improving them, you know, what developmental coaches do. Lin GREW a lot under McHale. The Lin TODAY, is heck of a lot better than the Lin during Linsanity. He is:

    - a much better floor general
    - a much better defender than he was
    - much better handles than last year
    - much more confident, gone is the Lin that basically goes into a depression after a tough loss
    - improved spot up shooter from the perimeter...He is dialing it in now, still not consistent, but much much better...For a 32% 3pt shooter to hit 5/8 in one game, is awesome, and a lot of those were spot up Js
    - most importantly, knows how to not run in 5th gear all game, something Jason Kidd pointed out last year

    Even with all the improvements, I don't feel Lin is anywhere close to reaching his potential. I wouldn't mind for Lin to develop a couple more seasons under McHale, then walk away from Rockets where he will find a much more supportive environment. I believe its not a matter that he can, but he will become a superstar, I especially believe he is the second coming of John Stockton.

    I know this is a Lin site, but its funny how no one was angry at McHale for putting Harden at risk for potentially disastrous injuries today, I think Lin would probably be a bit angry at McHale for doing so, and in turn build even more respect for Harden.

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    1. But then again people just want Harden out of the way so Lin can do well. Keep in mind Lin cannot win games by himself. Having an efficient scorer will only help Lin out, just as having an efficient PG that breaks defenders down is good for Harden as it creates gaps for him to exploit.

      Whether you all want to believe it or not, the fact is Lin IS FAR FROM a complete product. He has a lot of room for improvement.

      As far as what McHale said, I don't think he was trying to purposely put Lin down, I think he just sucks really bad at public speaking, because things he said might inflame fanatics even if there are truths to them. The fact is, Linsanity WAS great, like McHale I'm not looking for Linsanity out of Lin either...Where he played 8 great games, then scouted on, and basically shut down for quite a few games afterwards, then played so much that he ended up with an injury that took him out for rest of the season. Or do people here all have selective memory and don't remember how badly he was exposed by Miami Heat?

      Funny thing is, being a Christian, I firmly believe that the good Lord will deliver on Lin. Those of you that don't believe can take whatever I say about this with a grain of salt, but its no accident that Lin will be given the chance to lead the Rockets against the BEST PG that NBA has to offer right now, with a team that on paper, will beat Rockets any day of the week. Just as it wasn't an accident that Lin's Rockets almost beat the Spurs, I still blame McHale's bad rotation for that loss.

      I spent about 20 minutes praying for Lin tomorrow...I hope those of you that are believers can join me in doing so, and those of you that aren't, please wish him well. I think this will be one of those defining moments for Lin, you can tell he is just dying to be unleashed, I'm hoping to see some brilliant basketball tomorrow.

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    2. I kind of strongly disagree. I don't know if that is the right word for it. Anyway in my opinion, Lin is forced to improve in a difficult situation of things that he can actually improve by himself naturally given reasonable time and freedom, the result by which will not cost his production.

      As for your "Where he played 8 great games, then scouted on, and basically shut down for quite a few games afterwards, then played so much that he ended up with an injury that took him out for rest of the season." statement. I also strongly disagree. I think most of us already knew what really happened after the 8th games. Melo was back and started his deliberate tanking plan. As for the injury, it was combination of poor protection from the league and bad luck. NOTHING bad that happened to Lin last season that caused by Lin's own doing, NOTHING

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    3. @Kenoshi,
      Like your tone of objectivity in your lengthy analysis. I'll definitely join you praying for Lin tomorrow(rather tonight).
      Just wanted to say Lin wasn't exposed in the Miami Heat game - if you're referring to the Lin’s first Knicks vs Heat game last season. Didn’t we just wonder how interesting it was the best PG of the league, CP3 was doing rather badly in the recent Clippers vs Heat game? The Heat is very good in shutting down opposing PG and no exception for Lin, especially he had his tanking teammates rendering no help but watching him being “exposed”…

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    4. Melo was also played horribly during that game

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    5. Amen to Kenoshi...Remember you will be Lin fans for next 10 years at least..so be patient..follow and enjoy his journey and not be upset when things not going his way or your perceived way..

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    6. I pray for him too, when I wake up and when I go to sleep. I'll pray for him more tomorrow.

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  29. Hi All, just read you're everything, pre, during, and post game. Here's what I saw ... I had a great time getting away from the announcers and even what I read here, which was a lot of frustration about rotations.

    Actually, being at the game was great, because I could enjoy the flow with the fans, and it really felt like JLin had a great game and more on the rotations later.

    Some bullets:
    - I was very high up, so my pics weren't great. We decided to go high to have a chance to talk, party up, and it was so. We had a blast.
    - sold out, as expected at the Warriors. Friends getting their late had to wait 30-40 mins to get in, so maybe stadium wasn't full until after JLin's first rotation. Y'all lucky in Houston, I'd day. Not cheap here.
    - No overcoaching from McHale. But I was high. Never saw him talk to JLin on court, but did see him talk to Harden once and I think Morris.
    - had no time to post after game got going because I was with friends, so sorry jlin74ever.
    - Etane, you were right about double-double that you called but you lost faith at the start of Q4.
    - Solidz75, you were right about the 6 min rotation in Q4. Lin was trying to get in, and I think it was over a minute before he could get in on a TO.
    - JK, yes on the hooking of JLin. I saw I think Curry do that in first Q, and to KHuangs comments, Lin is fighting through a lot of screens.

    - to the tenor on all the McHale anger ... I'd say chill everybody. It wasn't so bad. Here's why ... being there, without commentators and this blog, I could feel the flow.

    First Q, Jin did a great job probing and warming things up, and good on D. Then unfortunately, he sat. I would have like for him to step it up after warming up the floor, but he missed 2 3s. Still, he did a great job getting the game going.

    2nd Q when he came back, he got aggressive and picked up good chances at the FT line. Got Bogut and Curry fouling him too.

    When he was called with 1+ min left first half, he was doing what KHuang was advocationing ... in fact all 2nd Q. Lots of facial and arm motions to indicate unfair calls, fouls, etc. I smiled watching all that drama.

    So, no, I didn't get any bad vibe from that half. All in all pretty solid.

    In contrast, when Bev was in, didn't feel at all like there as any cohesion or calmness to the team play. Some v good plays by Bev, but some mistakes too. No cohesion. My eye test, I guess.

    When Harden got hurt, I thought as you did he was out, but when he came in, it didn't look like McHale pushed it. Harden was all of a sudden on the horn station, and it looked like he was ready to play on his own. He missed 2 3s it seemed right away, jumpers. Later, he settled with solid shots, but it didn't look like he was jumping so he adjusted. It was clear he was hurt, and I wondered as Stu said what they did with him to get him back on court.

    What I saw in the game that people on this forum haven't said was that Harden, even when hurt, was able to hold the Warriors at bay. He had the ball at the top, clearly less mobile and unable to drive, but they had to respect him. So, I saw him in there to anchor ... and funnily, when it was crunch time and Warriors were making a move, my buddy the Warrior fan said it was still possible (when Lin came in). So, no, Lin did not play garbage minutes. I laughed and told him no, Rockets are going to win because Harden couldn't do iso. By then, I could see he was holding the shape of the offense at the top of the key, but he had not ability to drive. So, Lin being in was critical to keep the scoring alive as he moved the ball around.

    That can't be seen in the +/-, and if you watch and listen to all that opinion, you don't get the flow. That's what I got, but maybe I was wrong because I had a camera, a beer, and 7 friends, so maybe I wasn't paying attention too.

    I'll press post now and see what else I can write.

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  30. Some more stuff:

    - first set of free throws for Lin, tentative boos and wild cheering when he made them. For Harden, just boos. Later, with Lin was going 6 for 6, louder boos and same people cheering. So, he is local fav.

    - I think that was Bev who came up and gave Lin a big hug from the back during warmups, because TD was too hurt to play, so I can't imagine he was on the warmup floor that mobile. I was too high up to see the faces and height differences, and they had sweats on. So, if Bev, I'd say they are friendly. It was like a tackle hug like boyz often to do show affection. To be honest, I was getting 2Pat and Morris confused at times, my eyesight being bad from a vision problem i have.

    - On SCs request to tone down the swearing ... well, this is a sports forum. But guys, maybe using more creative words would be better for the brain and kids. I could say I was getting a little dumb reading all the swearing, as that vocabulary was starting to seep into my core microprocessor routines. Just a thought - words give you ability to handle ideas. Writing well is something that is quite rewarding and expands the mind. Anyway, have F@#(!)g at it.

    - Via, loved the orz reference. I learned something.

    - IsabelliJane: 5 fouls on Bev is always ok because he's a backup. Foul him out so we can be happier, I guess. Actually, he reached his limit ... it was really calming to have Lin back ... a limited Harden holding Warriors defensive shape (a soccer term) and Warriors making a move.

    - I was amazed at seeing Harden live. He really is skilled. I had never appreciated the quality of his play creation and the difference between him and Lin as to confidence and creating that 3 pt micro-slot. There was one play I think first Q where the ball swung to Lin at the 3 corner, and he gave it to Harden. Lin actually had a better look, but he hesitated and swung it. Harden did one fake and put it in. So, he's dang good. Agree he isn't so good on D, and he misses a lot of passes.

    - Near the end stretch, Harden actually waived emphatically for Lin to take a high PnR, but Lin got doubled as he probed, and the opportunity closed. So, I could see they do like to work it together. Nice at clutch time. It happened fast, and I think I thought Lin couldn't get to it quickly enough, so defense adjusted. He might have been surprised, given mostly, he has to do it without a partner.

    - I thought the back and forth between KHuang and Etane was funny, where Etane said he is Chinese and spoke Mandarin and gave the Gong Hei Fa Choy thing. Yo ... it's Gong Xi Fa Cai. Pinyin or no ying!

    - I sort of love it when KHuang starts up the troll patrol because I imagine the WWF guys saying "Let's get it ON!". There's a charm starting here, and I must admit, this does seem like a community with some personalities happening. I hope none of you are saying you are a hot fembot but really, a 45 yr old 300 lb guy who is on keyboard warrior mode. I'm just learning about the wild wild forum/blog web, even through I helped the techies get us here.

    - alcsd ... what does that mean so I can remember the acronym and not write alscd?

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    1. About the swearing, I know you're also talking about me. I don't swear much, so when I do it means that I'm really mad and at my limit. I think I have swear more this season more than the rest of my entire life.

      I know what I did was wrong and I apologize for that. But will it happen again? Absolutely, as long as the Rockets keep doing stupid things for Lin

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    2. Thanks Rikki for trying not to swear. Really appreciate it.

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    3. Thanks Rikki for trying not to swear. Really appreciate it.

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    4. You're welcome, I will try to hold my anger and frustration better

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  31. - On the JLin thin after, Via's posted photos repped it. I'd guess 2-3k people, and you saw the pic. There was nothing new there, as it was pretty party line. But, the dolphin thing was nice, and one thing he said caught my ear ... he said that platform for his family was for 2 generations. So, it's good they talk like that, for his parents, his siblings, and probably kids to come.

    - On that event, they herded us into the corner as you saw in the pic by Via, and it was quick. But I noticed at the other corner about 50 people. After the event, while we were filing out, JLin walked to the other corner without any entourage, alone, and I almosted wanted to run down and take a pic with him. But of course, thousands of peops in the way, and many officials on the floor. Just funny, how he was walking up the court alone. When he got to the other corner, a family came out and he hugged the lady and leaned down to talk to the little girl. Later when we got outside, I saw a line of fans surrounding a bus, so I got it. JLin was heading to the airport, and everybody was already on the bus. 99.9999% of the post event and people around the bus were Asians, cameras ready. I didn't stick around, because who knows how long Lin was going to hand with his friends (at that other corner). Very interesting, how these people have to get from A to B just like we do, and they have time limits, friends to hug, etc. We didn't stick around to take a pic of him getting on the bus, thinking to myself ... well, Via has someone there ready to snap a pic anyway.

    Happy Clippers. Stu, you have a great time there, and tell us tell us what you see.

    My boyz had a Blast! I got a call an hour later from one of the guys thanking me, after he got off BART. Bay Area traffic is rough these days.

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    1. @JT~ Glad to hear you guys had a good time. ^^
      So the coaching staff wasn't on his back this game...Good to hear about him and Harden...Wouldn't be surprised if it was indeed Bev hugging him, he's so easy to get along with...I agree with @jc, your casual, free-flowing style makes it very enjoyable to read. :)

      I'm sure Kenoshi appreciates knowing about the cheerleaders in their form-fitting cheongsams ;P [I wonder if I can find some pics on them haha, I'll try.]

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  32. Oh, final things:

    - KHuang, to prove it's fun to write:

    "When he was called with 1+ min left first half, he was doing what KHuang was advocating ... in fact all 2nd Q. Lots of facial and arm motions to indicate unfair calls, fouls, etc. I smiled watching all that drama. You were sitting right next to me."

    There, no swearing, and a picture for all of you that is more alive for the imagination.

    - Kenoshi: The cheerleaders ... they were all wearing mini squirted Qipaos (Cheongsam for Etane :-). Hot. But then again, I prefer the willowy ladies of the east in this dress, made for people who aren't eating fries and burgers. No oftense, they were hot and elegant.

    - Finally, the Warriors have a great acrobatic team for 2nd half time outs. They do flying dunks off a trampoline. Not sure if other teams have this. It was pretty fun, and for the climax, they have 4 guys do alley-oop like setups until the last guy slams it in (after various behind the backs and below the knees). Well, this time, the 3rd guy missed his setup, and magically, a 4th ball appeared so they've practiced this with backup sets too. Fun. They all look like about 5"5" or sub 6'. Probably all ex-gymnasts.

    - Stub Hub, a great time. Next time, I'm closer to the floor.

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    1. I've been waiting for this insider report @Joe. thanks much!

      @Stub - will be waiting for your insider report tomorrow. hope you can yell enough that McHale can hear it. I'll be kinda busy but will keep an eye on what you're gonna post :)

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  33. Thanks, JoeTeam. Cool report. Very casual , free flowing and "tell it as you see it" thing. What I like about it is that you made it seem to be - not as bad as many thought here. Bottomline , though it may be hard for many of us here who truly love and support Lin , it wouldn't hurt to be more patient and just trust our boy will come around. Even with all the so called - under use , misuse and abuse , just like in the past , let us believe , JLin will come out victorious.

    (TBH , I , myself , am fighting frustration here. :()

    So , good for you , buddy , you focused on just watching and enjoying Lin play. If you have focused on the body language of the coaches or facial expressions of the people around Lin , you would have defeated the purpose of going into the game (and that is - to enjoy). Just like many here , you might have come out of the Oracle miserable , frustrated and robbed of joy.

    When I have the chance to see Lin play someday , I'll make sure I'll enjoy every minute , every second of it. :>

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  34. i hope there is a "like" button here so that i can click on all of your post.

    really appreciate all the lively report. i am much happier now with the win.

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  35. I have noticed that in recent games, McHale actually tried more and more to trigger Parsons and Harden's minutes and kept at least one of Harden and Parsons at all time so that Parsons could handle the ball more and act as the 1st option when Harden was not on the court, and also kept both Parsons and Harden to play about 40 minutes every game, anyone else noticed it?

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    1. I believe most of us here do notice

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    2. Yes, quite a number of fans have been harping on the mins of both Haren's and Parsons'. Haren is finally out after playing GSW - sore knee and ankle, now we just have to wait for Parsons' turn...

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    3. Lol you didn't get what I meant. What I meant is that in the past McHale would separate Lin's and Harden's minutes to maximize both's touches but right now he's doing this with Parsons and Harden.

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    4. It's become Lin rarely got to play without Harden on the court at the same time anymore.

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  36. I saw the recorded game this morning before going to work.oh boy it sucked!!!if u only look at stats, one would think jeremy did well... Well, he may have but he took some garbage time again.rockets are back to their november strategy and even worse...in nov, mchell has the readon that he was experimenting, in january, he nnefs harden to get goid stats for ASG, now come feb when lin has tremendously improved, what reason can he come up with to justify the benching???i guess, lin is young and has a lot to learn.... Yeah from being benched.cant argue with that..

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