Monday, March 4, 2013

Rockets Close To Signing Aaron Brooks

After clearing waivers, multiple sources say Aaron Brooks is close to signing with the Rockets.

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  1. Video of Chandler Parsons on Rockets Live.

    Talks about Lin at 11:54

    - discusses bromance

    - how coaches feel about Lin vs the fans

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZo8QgbXcDE

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    1. Every team has a player their own team fans are extremely homer to if that player is hardly a star. Usually it's a player they drafted. Like Shumpert with the Knicks or Bradley with the Celtics. Parsons is sure that player for the Rockets lol.

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    2. I see a little hesitation in his answer regarding the coaches...

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    3. Why you even try Niu Baller? It don't matter what CP says. Knuckleheads here have an unrelenting -n- misguided narrative that coaching and racism are only to blame. That message has pungently reverberated this site, even the deaf are suffering from shattered ear drums.

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    4. Then, why are you brothering to come to this site? To flame "knucklehead" posters here?

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    5. Everyone has theories- what makes yours more believable than ours?

      who in their right minds going to go out in public and say that the coaches have it in for a player?

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    6. What's my theory almighty? CP is my theory.

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    7. I just read the transcript of the interview regarding coaches toward Lin. The question that they asked was so off.. It's not that we don't think coaching staff doesn't like Lin, it's that we think they disrespect his game. The fact that the coaches will go with who they think is impacting the game and get the win.. And they have often left out Jeremy at the end of games while keeping him and harden in is a testament to the fact.

      It's obvious they are mocking us but they need to do their job and ask the pointed questions before they will dispel our doubts.

      Plus if the coaches really hated Lin, u think chandler would really say that? Yeah the coaches don't think much of his game. they think he's a scrub.

      Actually his answer that McHake will use who thinks will help him win the game and has not used Lin often in crucial moments, to me, proves that McHale doesn't think much of Lin's game.

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    8. Thanks for the vid post, Niu Baller.

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    9. RazzleDazzle: Hope the name's your game!

      I'd love to see more of Lin in crunch time, controlling the ball like yesterday, and yes going for ally-oops with DMo. So, I'm likely to be one here posting for more Lin and not likin' McHale's coaching. I think true Rox fans also question his crunch time coaching, drawn plays, and rotations. Most thinking people question the old excuse of young team, way ahead of expectations. I mean, that's not sport, to settle for what you have already, especially with the top offense in the league. We expect and deserve the 2-5 extra wins we might have had had the crunch times or D been coached better, just as Lin should have and has improved his 3s.

      So, I see those issues as legit. I'd like to read what's for real instead of the jacking each other around here, so it'd be great if you post more. Don't worry, if you take down your flame shields, there's some nice folks here who really wanna talk and learn.

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    10. Fizzle is likely a black racist who can't stand other people with more perceptive brains, if they are are pro Lin.

      Bamboo Forest is another person that uses the user name to sound like it's Asian, just to police any posters here who doesn't gush over Carmelo or Harden or McHell or Damnpson. This a Lin fan site. But they try to sound rational once in a while, just so they wouldn't get kicked out for being obnoxious trolls.

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    11. Good video, @Niu Baller.

      Interesting back story of the common bond between Parsons and Lin practicing at night in Dec 2011 talking about how noone really wanted them.

      One year and $25M later, Lin was back to the 2nd team who didn't want him while Parsons still "only" earns >$800K/yr. Talk about one giant 'seller remorse' by Les :) I wonder if Morey's next contract will be dinged due to this mistake.

      It doesn't matter to me if coaches don't like homerun part of Lin or not fully utilize his strength. As long as he helps them win, he'll be playing. I think Lin figured out that he just needs to keep low TOs (<3) and shoot at least 12-15 FGA/game.

      Just be aggressive and flap his arms like TD and Bev, he'll keep playing in 4Q :D

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    12. @ztrta - I mostly agree with you, except in my mind, Bamboo Forest actually tries a little bit, even if in vain. Fizzle is just absent of mind, and is a huge dip shit.

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    13. This razzle dude is a moron. Yeah because chandler said it it must the truth. Are u kidding me? U really think this disproves out thoughts?

      I bet I could do a better job asking pointed questions to McHale ior chandler than this fake ass journalist.

      Like cara said, u don't like what u hear, them GTFO.. I can point out so many blatant respect for Jeremy's game this season. What can u do to disprove it. Cp's word? Idiot.

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    15. Exactly. Parsons is in a good situation where he's:

      - One of the leaders.
      - Put in the optimum situation to succeed.
      - Well liked by the coaches, the GM and the fans.

      And you expect Parsons to tell the truth? Ha! He's not stupid; he's not going to open a can of worms.

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    16. Not everyone is racist towards Lin just because they aren't Asian. In fact, many Asians actually think Lin sucks too. I think all of these people have blinders on but that's just me I guess.

      I do think racism greatly affected Lin, but mostly at the high school to college to NBA level. He should have been a UCLA, Cal, or Stanford player and a mid to low first round pick if he wasn't looked at with skewed lenses.

      Now Lin's a known commodity. It would be ridiculous, at least for me, to think race still has to do with Mchale's benching in marginalization of Lin's abilities. It's not so much race anymore now, I think it's just disbelief for other reasons, from Lin's skillset to his personality to his style of play.

      Lin was not the chosen one to go on a loser team like the Cavs so he could be Kyrie-like. Lin went to a team where they had Harden/Parsons that the Rox prefer to shine over Lin. They pay his salary so that's there prerogative...

      Lin is being treated like the players on the Spurs. Parker, Ginolbi, Duncan - those guys are killers but none of them get their due because they play "boring" team ball and kill people. Lin reminds me of one of them and I would not be surprised if Lin became a Spur one day because he plays a heck of a lot like a Spur.

      He may never get his due, but I believe Lin will be a winner and multiple time NBA championship who plays at least a 3rd wheel role on the team at worst.






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    17. Swingline, yes. I would like to see Lin on a really well oiled team machine where all of them compliment each other, and then beat everybody else.

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    18. Haha, of course the coaches put in whoever he thinks will help the team win. Problem is that if what "he thinks" is correct or not.

      Parsons of course has no problem with it because McHale puts in him every time. Why don't you acknowledge the fact that McHale doesn't respect Lin the same way as you and Harden, Chandler, ugh?

      Of course Parsons himself also will never admit that he has less game than Lin and accomplishes way less but for some unknown reasons get more respect from the coaches.

      If I were the reporter, I would mock him "So you must be this great player who the coaches think can help the team win every time because the coaches put in you every time, yeah the coaches like you just because you have game, right" lol.

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    19. I listen to this rockets live sometime, but found neither informative nor entertaining. so they said some fans think coach "hates" jeremy? why ask the question. didn't this host always tweet to Lin supporters on how they only support Lin but not the team?

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    20. Werent these two clowns making fun of JLin fans earlier this year? These two are company guys - not independent journalists. They are just trying to manipulate public opinion on the companies behalf. Dont take them seriously.

      People here dont know if the coaches are doubters or a haters or what not. We are just trying to explain/find reason why they have been treating JLin the way they have. Why? Because their treatment of JLin has been "suboptimal".

      Yes - we sometimes overdo it. I myself have claimed that McHale seems to suffer from an OCD. Was it serious? Not really. Was it meant to be humerous critique? Hell yeah.

      BTW - its not just some JLin fans who have a problem with McHale. How old is the "fire McHale" thread on CF? What about the other PGs who used to play for McHale? Do they love him? Besides - Im pretty sure that the term "McFail" has been coined by CF people - not us.

      The only thing Ive learned from the interview is:

      -> David Lee seems to be a great guy! He even took care of Lin after Lin left the team (GSW). Thats friendship right there!

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    21. Parsons may be a good friend of Lin. But I never get the feeling he thinks too highly of Lin as a player, as a PG. Just like McHale, Parsons also probably likes and respects Lin the person more than Lin the player.

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    22. I think parson's a good dude. But I'm sure he is jealous of Lin's contract and popularity. I'm sure harden is pretty jealous of how many fans he hss as a matter of fact. It's human nature.

      But what Lin can learn from parsons is that he looks out for himself. Even when he is shooting horribly and making mistakes - enuff to lose some games, he will still shoot instead of being tentative. I'm sure it helps that McHale is not on his butt everytime he messed up but Lin can learn from that play more selfish.

      It's all good though. It's clear that both of them get along and he's someone Jeremy can confide in. But if parsons lost respect for Lin, it's probably because he sees Lin getting chewed out by McHake so much.

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    23. Parsons is not a friend and says one thing but in the back of his mind thinks another. Lin has a sweet contract, a normal hair part, he is GQ and Parsons is mad.

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    24. Honestly, it's ridiculous how many players Lin made them better than they really are and how many of them regress once they play without Lin. And it even made the players themselves overrate their own ability. Would someone like Parsons even average 10 ppg on any other teams without Lin lol.

      Lin has already got and will continue to get the players with him many overpaid contracts, the same way Nash used to do in Phoenix. I almost feel sorry for the next GM having to overpay another Lin teammate, someone like Parsons.

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    25. Parsons have confirmed what a lot of us have been saying all this time - that McHale/Simpson sees Lin as a young, servicable player with various limitations. Hence, the way they treat him and bench him when they think the team needs a sparkling sparkle spark.

      Here's the conflict between Lin fans and McSimpson - who has a better understanding of Lin's skills and abilities?

      Lessee - those two numb-nuts cut him before, thinking he wasn't good enough to keep on the team. And they were COMPLETELY AND ABSOLUTELY WRONG.

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  2. It'll be interesting to see what role Aaron Brooks plays for the Rockets.

    At one time, Brooks was considered one of the better point guards in the NBA. But the years of being moved around from Houston to Phoenix to Sacramento and now back to Houston have prevented him from becoming a regular contributor anywhere.

    It'll be interesting to see what the Rockets do with Jeremy Lin now that Brooks is on board.

    One thing is for sure: Jeremy Lin is a better player than Aaron Brooks.

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    1. I fully expect Brooks to eat into Lin's minutes along with Beverly's.

      The Rockets just don't have the proper faith in Lin, and I'm ok with that now because I think Lin is starting to understand how to handle it and work around it.

      Lin just has to play lights out every game and when he's benched, everyone from Rox fans to Rox media to Les hopefully will be up in arms.

      If Lin keeps up what he did like on Sunday in his limited time on the court, that would be wonderful and only to get to play 20 min a game doing that would just put the entire NBA on notice. Mchale will do that to him game in and game out, of that I am sure.

      Just do what you do JLin in the 20 minutes you get. He should just play with the expectation he only gets 20 minutes a game until the team finally tells him he is their PG and he WILL get X amount of time on the court rain or shine.

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    2. I think Jermey has finally come to realize that coaches are not buying into his style of play, capabilities. Coaches' action - frequent benching at crunch time, minutes dictated by how well his backups play, "careless comments" and discriminated treatment by scoring personnel, etc, etc, are too blatantly obvious for Jeremy to ignore. Jeremy probably was confused with the notion of coaches', FO's distrust and disbelief at the beginning, he might have given them benefit of the doubt, but recently, he finally came to his senses that there's no two ways about it, he got to play his game like he did last night.

      It won't be easy for Jeremy though. Last night, Mac-T was watching the game on the courtside and Mavs held a winning streak record against Rox, so it was a very crucial game to break the psychological barrier to win the game, plus, Harden was hurting. Jeremy, as we have seen since the start of the season, would sometimes or when Harden has an off night, be allowed to run the offense. While we are still celebrating Jeremy's stellar performance and the win last night, Jeremy still has to deal with many obstacles such as weird sub pattern, asked to camped at the corner and be a spot-up scorer, to get to play his game. But one thing Jeremy certainly needs to do is, he got to play each game with the "make or break" mindset, as if he would be washed out of NBA if he failed to play well.

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    3. @Janelin7:

      I dont think the scoring personnel is discriminating Lin. I believe that the people who are responsible for that are simply incompetent.

      Talking about scoring - during last game they lost the scoreboard again. No clock, no scores, nothing. It wasnt the first time. After a while they overlayed a scoreboard with a digital clock. The clock was not animated. They filmed a real digital clock :) OLD SCHOOL STYLE.

      The scoreboard on NBA.com/rockets that is shown during games is often faulty as well. Sometimes I would check that scorebaord during games and it would say that all rox players have a +/- of -50 or so when the team is actually leading by 30. Its pure incompetence :)

      With McHale its the same. At the beginning of the season I kept writing that I dont understand McHale. Is he a genius that Ive failed to recognise? Is he incompetent or a hating? To be honest - I still cant tell.

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    4. I can tell u straight up McHale is not a genius - there are many evidences to that end .. Including the ones not involving Lin.

      He is that old school player who is on the side that Jeremy doesn't have the talent.. Like many of those scouts who passed on Lin or those who continued to mock Lin even after Linsanity.

      He could be a deceptive dick too lavishing all these praises on Jeremy recently. I'm just waiting to see what he does next game.

      My feeling is nothing has changed. McHale will stick with his minutes for Jeremy at about 32 min per game with Beverly playing the long stretch between 3rd and 4th.

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    5. yeah, you'd better make sure no picture of you both circulated on the internet after the date...haha

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    6. I don't know much about Brooks, but if he's more of a shooter, he actually might sub sometimes for Harden, who McSimpson have overused during the season and needs his minutes reduced if he's going to ready to play during the playoffs.

      But, then again, with the circus crew running the team, Brooks will become starting point guard, Bev as back-up, and Lin as third point guard and great teammate.

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    7. I think everyone, us, the media, players, think McHale knows what he's doing because of his reputation he gained as a player. I bet some people would be shocked to know that this is McHale's first head coaching job ever in the NBA; has little to zero coaching experience in the NBA, and this is only his second year as head coach. And, the tools in his head need a lot of sharpening, in addition to the emotional turmoil he's dealt with this year. So, there's very little reason to give Mchale any benefit of the doubt to the glaringly stupid moves and decisions he's made the past two seasons. He has potential, but, don't know if he can grow beyond his limitations.

      Solidz, this is pure speculation, but I think McHale cuts down Lin because Lin actually has a higher basketball IQ than him. I seriously believe that, right now, Lin could become an assistant coach on an NBA team, and be ready to become a head coach in 3 or 4 years.

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    8. Robert I agree. Basketball players know who is a good coach and who's not. McHale certainly is not a good coach. I think when he was hired the media said he got the job because he is a good motivator (?) but not a X's and O's guy.

      When cp goes on shows and states that he has no clue what he is doing.. That shows what a disarray they are in. See how many diiferent plays they run when the game comes down to the wire.

      Remember how Lin said dantoni's an offensive genius? U will never hear anyone refer to as a genius. He is just an offensive prick.

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  3. This site would benefit from a forum like format. Too many subjects or threads that can be missed if you don't read everything.

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    1. Ditto .. Hey khuang can u make a clutchfan like forum for us. U can be the moderator and ban etane.

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    2. LOL hey try NOT to associate him with me... all I am trying to do is to move the discourse along the lines of facts and remove the distortion. I don't purposely try to pick on Khuang.

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    3. No way would I ban Etane.

      Why would I ban somebody who knows the game as well as he does?

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    4. Sure you purposely pick on me, Etane.

      You can't stop personal attacking me or Asians here.

      Distortion. You call the entire board delusional. You hate us all.

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    5. Come on guys. Etane and KHuang are like ying and yang. One without the other? Now way!

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    6. for all you know , they care about each other. i read that from chan c in the previous thread. hehe

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    7. Yes! Too many things to talk about besides the game. Game threads carry too much weight for all the issues and topics pertaining to Lin, even lightweight stuff like whether Lin has a GF.

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  4. Why is Houston after Brooks?

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    1. I think someone said teams in the NBA need to have at least 3 point guards on a team. Rockets had 3 but hey led TD go.

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    2. Aaron brooks is a solid and reliable PG, but I agree why choose a verteran PG? you have jlin, harden, PB, and a bunch that can sub if everyone fouls out. Just bc TD got traded, they didn't have to grab Brooks.

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    3. Why are we worried about Aaron Brooks? Jeremy shouldn't be threatened by him. They have a veteran point guard in case they need his experience in the playoffs.

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    4. Well we wouldn't be annoyed if we trusted this coaching staff. Guess whose min brooks will take away.

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    5. Houston has an opening for 'sparky'/energetic PG/SG combo.

      And every time Lin crashes on the floor or play more than 35min, Les gives Morey an angry call so Morey couldn't stand it anymore. Len cannot afford to have Lin not play 82 games and possible play off games. That's too much money down the drain.

      The man is a billionaire not by luck.

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    6. It may be a good idea for Jeremy to make a preemptive move like Aaron Brooks did, by buying out his contract and insist he's not going to play for the Rockets. The trade would be welcome, in my opinion, because Morey and the coaches smelled like fish from the beginning. BUT, this way, Lin can choose his own team out of a few candidate teams. In the face of all teams tightening their wallet, Lin can even give a slight discount to make the bench more deeper; in lieu of a higher salary, Lin can negotiate a no-trade clause (unless he waives it), so as to not get taken advantage of by using him as a trade bait.

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    7. BTW.... Oh yeah, Lin will definitely have a few quality taker teams, now that he started in more than 28 games, and the team he's in now isn't even a PG friendly team, like the half of the NBA teams - AND he's been playing for an adversarial coaching staff to boot! This guy is a steal for both on-court and locker room x-factor with a HUGE upside.

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    8. Jlifan4ever, that's a lot of point guards for a team that supposedly use a system that doesn't utilize the point guard. I joke!

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    9. I don't know just wondering whether there was something special about him. From reading his wikipedia entry, it seems he used to be a pretty good player until he injured his ankle or something.

      But, I thought Morey was looking for his 2nd or 3rd star or something.

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    10. Aaron Brooks had his best seasons as a Houston Rocket.

      My honest guess is that the Rockets want him as a playoff tested veteran pg.

      I have no idea what this means for Jeremy Lin, but I do know that Brooks won't be able to outperform Lin.

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    11. KHuang,

      My guess is the Rockets are getting another PG simply for injury-insurance purpose, as well as to foster competition amongst the PGs to whip them into performing their best (The other positions are full). They may also use Lin as a trade bait for a superstar next offseason, especially if they think Beverley is better player than Lin; to their eye test, they, as well as the stupid Houston fans, think Beverley plays better defense. The ignorant "Lin is a defensive liability" mantra is still humming in their ears, like a catchy song they can't seem to get rid of. Only more time can tell for certain, but I'm confident that Lin is the superior player of the two. Looking at the boxscore, the Jazz sure could have used Jeremy Lin tonight. They lost to the Bucks by one point.

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    12. @KHuang:

      Whats a "playoff tested veteran" and what is he good for?

      @Etane:

      "that's a lot of point guards for a team that supposedly use a system that doesn't utilize the point guard"

      I guess thats the american way of life. I know a whole bunch of guys who have pick up trucks. None of them ever pick up anything. Not even a piece of plywood. They buy pick up trucks to use them as limousines. Makes sense to them...

      Lets move on with our thoughts. What if they are going to trade Lin?

      Because -> there are people in Houston who used to think that TD was a better PG than Lin. Now the same people think Beverly is a better PG than Lin. Just listen to that Craig Ackermann... They think JLin is a non factor. They think the rest of the team is great.

      My thoughts on this -> if JLin is going to leave the team they are gonna hit bottom. They will wonder why the team is playing no good all of a sudden. People will create videos - naming them "when youre gone" and people on CF will bicker about it the same way they have been bickering about their former PGs.

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    13. mental midgets like frazzledazzle will always ignore mcfail's own mouth stating he doesn't want lin scoring and dishing. what a tool.

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    14. willydilly, conventional NBA thinking says that a team with two playoff untested PGs is going to get thoroughly outplayed in the playoffs.

      However, Jeremy Lin is no ordinary "untested" pg. The Rockets are finding that out, even if McHale's general timeframe for trusting his starting point guards is very long (usually at least a full season).

      What the Rockets likely fear is Jeremy Lin wilting to a 6 point 2 assist 6 turnover level. Aaron Brooks is likely kept around to keep play going if Lin indeed does sink to that level. What the Rockets will actually find out is that if Lin makes up his mind to attack, he's going to be a 15-20 ppg 6-9 apg 2-4 TO player. I think the Rockets would be happy to find that out about Lin - and Lin would be happy to find that out about Lin!

      Now if the Rockets bench Jeremy Lin or play him under 25 minutes a game, then that would be utterly insane and detrimental to winning. McHale would quickly discover that his league leading offense means nothing without Jeremy Lin's DEFENSE.

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    15. Hey Willy, where are you at? It's only fair gain that we get to make fun of your country's people and custom too. = D

      Although I have to agree with you. The truck and SUV craze... I can't explain it. I think Texas is the truck capital of the world?

      Khuang: Brilliant post! Although I hate to admit it, Jeremy's performance this year had a lot of ups and downs (though mainly manufactured by the coaching). So, it is prudent to get a "play off tested" PG although most of us HERE know it's not warranted.

      However, not sure Brooks is play off tested. In his only playoff series, he didn't really show up. And, that was more than half a decade ago.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007%E2%80%9308_Houston_Rockets_season

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    16. If what khuang is saying is true, that would be another disrespect for Jeremy - continuing to distrust him.

      What makes more sense to me is that they are worried about injury to Jeremy or Beverley, and being stuck with 1 pg as they come roaring down to the end of the season.

      Now what is more surprising is .. I think etane just complimented khuang?! Holy crap. Is this Jlin CP love brewing? Are u guys making love and not war?

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    17. Teams carry 3 point guards. It's a good move by Morey to shore up team depth after the trades. And, Brooks can also spell Harden, who needs his minutes reduced, you dumb-ass coaches.

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    18. I also tend to think this pickup is only for insurance to give fresh legs to Jeremy/Bev to prevent injuries from overuse. What happened with the Knicks last season proved how valuable a 3rd-string PG can be.

      AB's play off resume was certainly underwhelming with minimal impact (8min/game with only 4.2pts/gm missing all his 3s in 2-4 series loss) so he's not seen as a proven veteran PG, more like fresh legs off the bench.

      I keep thinking why the Rockets kept picking up backup PGs (TD/Bev/AB) in the mold of combo SG/PG with excellent 3PT shooting ability but not much court-vision needed. Only Lin and Harden have the court-vision to make their teammates better. If both are not on the floor, the offensive flow is basically shot.

      They can benefit from a veteran PG in the mold of Billups. Perhaps there are none available for pickup now.

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    19. I think u need to think about the Brooks move from 2 perspectives:

      1) Morey - nice, obvious move to shore up point guard depth. It is very important to have depth at this position. Remember the Knicks last year? Late in the season, with Lin injured and old creaky Baron Davis playing point, they had to go to Mike Bibby for minutes. Then in playoffs against Miami, they lose their point and shooting guard to gruesome injuries. That Baron Davis injury - fucking out of a horror film.

      2) McHale - he may be salivating now at the thought of reducing Lin's numbers even more, with the hopes of Brooks eventually taking the starting role come playoff time. Unless Morey puts a kaibosh on McHale's evil plans.

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    20. psalm, at this point, with no trades allowed, you're basically picking players from the discount DVD bin. You know, the bin with the sign that says 5 dvds for $10! Of course, all the movies are crappy ones, but you might get a decent one buried in the bottom of the pile.

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    21. I guess in a catastrophic scenario where both Lin and Harden fouls out or gets injured, that third PG will come in handy. Otherwise, I think James Anderson will more than suffice to fill in that "fresh leg" necessity.

      In fact, James should see more minutes and give Harden's knee its needed rest.

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    22. Etane, I like Anderson, in the few minutes I've seen him play. But, I don't think he's really a point guard/ballhander, more a scorer.

      Brooks should become back up to Lin, and Bev become the third point guard.

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    23. Roberlin, good points on the danger of overuse of players.

      Last season, BDavis was hailed to be the savior for the Knicks when he comes back from the back injury because their of the early struggle in the season. As it turned out Lin was the one playing to be the savior but BD came back not long after to back up Lin.

      But you can tell BD was not 100%. Combined with the compacted schedule after the lockout, the toll of playing 3-4 games in 4-5 days caught up with the players. Lin, BD, Shump came down with injury with BD and Shump got the worst of them.

      While we can't prove 100% that the overuse of muscle by playing a lot of games contributed to the many injuries suffered by these players (i.e. also DRose's ACL injury after coming back early from other injuries), it's certainly worth considering that when players are not fully recovered from 1 injury, they would overcompensate by favoring other legs/body parts (imbalance) resulting in another injury.

      Roberlin, at this point, the blessing in disguise of Lin playing limited minutes as you pointed out before would actually benefit Lin in the long-term to avoid the chance of injury of playing too many minutes.

      Just look at how Harden's body is crumbling down after averaging 40mpg. It's a travesty how they've been riding Harden like Secretariat! I also agree this is another weakness of the Rockets coaching staff.

      The Rockets season is just one wrong move away from going down the toilet if Harden gets injured by playing heavy minutes. Lin can help by defense will pound on him like crazy to keep him off the paint.

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    24. Yup more like if Lin comes out, Harden plays 1 and Anderson plays 2. Or, Bev plays 1 and Anderson plays 2 if both Lin and Harden is out.

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    25. roberlin, good illustration of AB signing as rummaging through Walmart $5 Bargain DVD bin :)

      Maybe this bargain DVD can help rest Harden's knees.

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    26. I guess that's McHell's blue collar coaching philosophy. All guts and all in for this season and screw next season.

      Like I said in previous thread, neither Lin or Harden are accustomed to the minutes they are playing this year.

      Good thing Lin, during the off season, conditioned himself for endurance and injury rather than getting that extra inch of vert etc.

      As you said, Psalm, not a good idea to play players when they have an obvious injury as it forces the body to compensate and, inevitably, will cause other injuries as well as making the original injury worse.

      McHell is baseball world's Dusty Baker in terms of handling pitchers.

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    27. psalm, yup, good analysis. Overusing guards who drive to the basket and constantly get pounded by 300 pound big guys is also really, really stupid.

      Although McHale has really coached Lin poorly this season, I think, long term, McHale's underutilization of Lin will help him learn how to play without subjecting himself to unnecessary abuse. Learning to play off the ball, for example; improving his jump shooting; driving to the basket more strategically rather than with reckless abandon.

      What I've noticed lately is that Lin doesn't drive to the basket as much, and when he does, he doesn't go sprawling to the floor as he used to do constantly, especially last year. Also, when he does drive, and then sees the lane close up with very big dudes ready to put a pounding to Lin, I notice that he's able to stop the drive a little bit earlier, so that he's not in a crowd, and he's got some space to either shoot or pass the ball. That's helped him cut down on turn-overs and also reduce the physical pounding he takes.

      So, more and more, I see this year of struggle and discontent as a really valuable learning experience for Lin; he's learning the value of pacing himself for a full 82 game season.

      I still think Mchale's sub patterns with Lin have been really bad, but, it's not about the total minutes, but how those minutes are distributed for Lin. But, for his first full season, 32 minutes average per game is just about right for Lin as playoff time nears, and for the future longevity of his career.

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    28. Roberlin, +1000 on Lin's improvement this season not to attack gladiator-style against 300lbs big guys. How many tumbles, blow to the head ala Tyson Chandler can we stomach as Lin fans knowing it just takes one to end his season? It's fun to watch but longevity takes #1 priority.

      yeah, he's learning to stay aggressive but without sacrificing his body. It's not worth it to bunt with your head :D

      I'd like to see some aggressive floaters ala Tony Parker more consistently like he did in the OKC game.

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    29. good point, Etane. Good thing he focused on conditioning/injury prevention losing weight rather than increasing verticals and keeping the bulk to withstand contact against big guys.

      I like the fact he's going Steve Nash old man path rather than DRose's MJ path.

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    30. I've noticed too that Lin's floor crash has turned into floor swan dive lately. He's much more graceful when hitting the floor now almost Dwayne Wade slide like.

      Lin not driving as much as last year is a number of factors. Coaching preventing HR plays is one. But, Lin has a lot less open lanes this year than last year where Knicks offense forced to defense to spread the floor more. Plus, Lin is getting hammered when he drives more so this year than last year too.

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  5. Every time I hear Aaron Brooks I think about Shaq and Chuck "Who he play for" episode:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvZt5d8RFr0

    Aaron Brooks is at about 4:30 :D

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  6. it'll be interesting if JEREMY IS BUYING BLING TO TOUGHEN UP HIS SQUEAKY CLEAN, INNOCENT APPEAL TO GET THE RESPECT OF OTHERS WHO THINKS HE'S A SCRUB lol...

    but please I love your squeaky clean appeal - even on court..even if the coaches or haters tend to downgrade/make fun of it

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    1. Jeremy could be buying a present for his mom or sister-in-law.... Or he's buying a promise ring for a secret girl friend.

      I feel kind of sorry for the fella, because when the media find out he has a girl friend, she'll be hounded for juicy scoops. I can't see him having any time for a significant other for a while. Lin will have to work really hard this Summer, training and practicing with the best in the industry - that's what the league's top tier players do every offseason.

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    2. tick-tock tick-tock, @IsabeliJane. Time is ticking :D

      I'll be curious to see if his old GF would relish the linsane attention or spurn it if they were still together. The loss of privacy is definitely a serious matter.

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    3. Ah, ztrta: Line can just date a gal going to med school - lots of time for bball, and mom will love it :-) maybe.

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    4. @ztrta - I think he could pull a Kevin Durant. KD is hiding his personal life real well, even if there are lots of photos of KD and LeToya circulating now.the usual "no comment" still works.it looks like KD doesn't bring LeToya on games.or maybe she's there, but she's hiding (?) I kinda agree with you on saying he might not be having a significant other soon to work on his game.he will work on his game to please the Number One Audience of One.

      @psalm - ok that kinda scared me lol! please don't pressure me. I think his ex girlfriends (what I know is he dated 2 girls) are nice girls with personal integrity.they didn't milk on that Linsanity attention last season.I think since the ex gfs are more likely to hate it when the media is hounding on their personal life 24/7.after all, with Jeremy's taste he won;t be dating someone who loved being hounded in the spotlight *cough* *Kim Kardashian* *cough*. when you're dating someone famous, it's kinda hard to have privacy as humanly as possible.

      on the contrary I live in a tropical country full of secluded beaches. I could hide him here! lol

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    5. oops, sorry .. just kidding @isabelijane :D no pressure

      honestly, it's really hard for famous people to know who you can trust once you become rich and famous. I read Tebow(?) gave advice to Lin to keep the friends he got before he got famous because others will come out of the woodwork professing to be long-lost relatives to cash in.

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    6. US media will respect his privacy, dont know about Asian media. as fans, we should at least be respectful by not discussing his private life matters, even now.

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    7. IsabeliJane,

      I hope Lin sees this post and ask admin to facilitate meeting you for a date! (;-). Suggestion for making a great first impression, after saying "Jeremy!" (in order):

      * Lay out an open Bible on the coffee table (make it look like it's been used a lot with frayed edges).

      * Don't wear makeup or a light makeup (he said "low maintenance")

      * Laugh at all his jokes and act care free (he said "easy going").


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    8. @Isabeli:

      Milking the linsanity attention? As ex-girlfriends? People would have considered them dumb. After all - they let a guy go who now has a 25 million dollar contract. If they were to come back to him now people would consider them gold diggers.

      BTW - thats an open shop in a mall. They dont seem to be the kind of shop that sells diamant rings :)

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    9. @willydilly - people may think they're (ex-gfs) dumb for spilling info about Jeremy's dating life, but a lot of tabloid fodders will certainly pay for those news.a lot of people were hungry for information on Jeremy's life last year. I think the only part that the media weren't able to dig into was his dating life.any info, especially coming from someone he dated, is enough to turn a slow news day into a media mayhem. the ex-gfs don't necessarily need to get back with him, but any info coming from them is worth media goldmine.

      @ztrta LOL on the suggestions.I'll keep those in mind, except he has to make adjustments on the Bible part. I have a "girly" Bible with lots of blue, green, yellow and pink Stabilo pen highlights.

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  7. Bucks vs Jazz , 98-96, 23.8 sec. , C'mon , Bucks! Beat the Jazz!

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      And Rockets fans! RT @BillSimmons: How sad is it that Celtics fans and Lakers fans are sweating out this Bucks-Jazz game right now?

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    2. Hard to believe he doesn't have clammy palms...

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    3. I work in a sports betting company, and a lot bet on Jazz winning this one vs Bucks.

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    4. omg! i left for work after posting this. with few seconds remaining in regulation , Jazz was up by a couple of points , if i remember right.

      'just checked in and found out Bucks won! whew! the heavens must be helping the Rox. :>

      help is coming from every side..hehe

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  8. Everyone should cheer for the Raptors tonight if they win Rockets get to 6th seed

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    1. Raptors is coming back 74-73 with 5:11 left in 3Q.

      There is a glimmer of hope :D

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  9. Aaron brooks.was the QB for new Orleans saints. He also got knee in the face by starbury in China league last year. He's garbage but mcfail probably thinks he has more game than Jeremy.

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  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=IM3lU2wiUL0&feature=endscreen

    Sweet! I especially like JLin picking food from Parson's palm.

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  11. Landey Fields you need to help Your boy Lin. Beat GSW!

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    1. I miss Fields.

      last night, when Carmelo got injured, the team suddenly came to life and reminded me of the Knicks before they got Carmelo, and the Knicks during Linsanity (without Carmelo). They just needed Lin, Landry, and Gallinari, and the old gang would have been back together.

      It's pretty clear now that the Carmelo trade has been a disaster for the Knicks.

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    2. I noticed that too. I was amazed, even though I shouldn't by now. They came from a HUGE deficit to win by a few points. I wish Carmelo had STAYED in the game, as I'm a new Pacers fan since early January because I like Paul George - from there, I got to like the whole team and the organization. They seem to model their team after the Spurs. which is very smart. If Paul George is playing for a big market right now, he'll have his own signature shoes in the works.

      Carmelo started out playing team ball this season with the influence of his kissy pal coach, Woodson, and the wisdom of Jason Kidd, but now he's reverted back to playing selfish ball, as he's so worried about his stats going a bit down. Currently, the Knicks are 29th in assists!

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    3. I should mention that the Cleveland Cavaliers, whom the Knicks played against, are the 4th worst team in the league (20-39 before the game).

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  12. If Lin does not playing very well the last game of the regular season, Brooks will be the start of playing from Houston in the playoffs

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    1. That's as unlikely as your grammar, troll.

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    2. Easy on him, Cara.

      Ulysses is no troll. He doesn't want to see Lin benched either.

      English is not Ulysses' language.

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  13. All I have to say is:

    Just compare the stats on both A. Brooks and Jlin. ABrooks ceiling is lower than Jlin's ceiling. Furthermore, ABrooks has already reached his ceiling vs. Jlin's ceiling is past Linsanity level. Jlin has proven that he can be just as productive and be a difference maker in any type of offensive system vs. ABrooks has shown us that he can only excel in Adelman's system and not in any other offensive system, which is why the the Phoenix Suns got rid of him and the Kings are shipping him out.

    I honestly think that ABrooks will be James Hardens back up and not Jlin's back up. If they were to utilize A. Brooks to be more effective they would insert P. Beverly at the PG position and A. Brooks at SG position when starters Jlin & JHarden need to get a breather. Honestly, they really need JHarden to start resting his bum knee and ankle to get him ready for the playoffs if they want to make alot of noise in the first round. They can keep C. Parsons in with Asik when Jlin & Harden are taking a breather. Then let PBev, ABrooks, and Delfino be the 2nd unit that comes in. Then when Jlin & JHarden come back, they can give Asik & C.Parsons a breather and put in Dmo, Robinson, and Francisco Garcia.

    This is how I would utilize the roster line-ups. If the game is too close I would only take 1 starter out at a time in the first 3 quarters to give them a few minutes breather. However. I would like to keep all my starters in all in the 4th quarter. Meaning Jlin in the whole 4th quarter!

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    1. Like.

      Also, no one mentioned James Anderson.

      He's a more then adequate backup guard for both Jerm and Harden.

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    2. Agreed, although sometimes he is a BIT impulsive :P

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    3. @Etane

      Yes they need to get James Anderson involved in the 2nd unit somehow. I would preferably have him back up Harden if Jlin is staying on the court or if Jlin and Harden is both coming out the same time, then insert JAnderson in the SG position and have either P.Bev or ABrooks run PG.

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    4. @Brent Yen

      Yes, unfortunately being impulsive is a significant weakness of a coach and for any individuals. Most of the time if we act on emotions and impulse alone, without planning or logical thought, more times than not, the result is not a good one.

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    5. @Ety, good observation that AB is more suitable to sub for Harden. They both play no D! LOL

      I actually like Anderson more than AB as Harden's backup but perhaps he's not very aggressive enough in this system.

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    6. @ psalm234

      Excellent Comparison of Harden & AB LOL

      I would prefer Anderson to be subbed in for Harden except I think Anderson lacks the skills to create his own shot vs. AB even though also limited at creating his own shot has better court vision. Unfortunately both AB, Anderson, and Harden don't play any D LOL

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  14. utah lost rockets in #7 but golden state wins today................

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  16. I hope Jeremy is still a Rocket by this time:

    Howard Chen ‏@ho_chenCSN
    The Rockets will play the Pacers preseason next year (October) in Taiwan and the Philippines.

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    1. Woot! Woot! Ahahahahahahahahahahahaha... so happy! :>

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    2. Sorry ISabeli, I hope Lin is a Knick again next year. I watched yesterday's Knick's game against the Cavaliers, and, man could they use Jeremy Lin. Felton is servicable, but, is still clearly not in shape and can't play defense. Their other two point guards are almost ready to collect on social security (Kidd, Prigioni).

      I propose a trade - Lin, Dmo, and Parsons for Carmelo Anthony. What do you say, Morey?

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    3. Oh, and in the trade, Rockets can also get for free Ray Felton and JR Smith.

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    4. They can trade Lin after the game, like what happened to Harden :P

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    5. @Roberlin - I don't think that grumbling Dolan will take back his mistake of letting Jeremy go.he'd rather swallow needles that admit that letting Jeremy go for nothing is his biggest mistake last season.please, Felton cares more about his stats, a shoot-first pg. add Melo to the mix and good luck to the remaining Rockets.

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    6. JLin will be 25 in Aug., there are still 13 years before he reaches 38, so he is not qualified yet to re-join NYK :-)

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  17. utah jazz starting backcourt combined for a whopping zero points tonight. what trash. lin would instantly put up hall of fame numbers if he started there.

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    1. Yes, Jeremy Lin would have made the Jazz a contender by himself.

      Utah has a goood frontcourt but a slow plodding uncreative backcourt.

      Alongside Jeremy Lin, Gordon Hayward would become a Parsons/Novak gunner while Derrick Favors would utterly explode as Light Howard.

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    2. SHHHHHH! No, no, no, I don't want Lin playing for Utah. Utah is actually a better basketball city than Houston, but, Utah is even farther off the national media radar map than Lin.

      But, given what's happened this season with the Rockets, it would have been better for Lin to have been signed by Utah over Houston. The Utah coach, forget his name, is really good, mentored by Jerry Sloan, and thus knows the value of a good point guard.

      And the fans would LOVE Lin - hell, Lin is probably the closest thing to a Mormon in terms of his values and demeanor than anyone playing in the NBA. I don't count Jimmer, because he rarely gets playing time, and well, kinda sucks.

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  18. I wish Jeremy Lin karate chop Chandler Parsley for real when they do annoying pregame pose. Jeremy Lin is very kind to humor him and not mention his funny looking hair.

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    1. That would be hilarious .. All three doing the pregame ritual when suddenly Lin goes ape shit and takes jis frustration out and jump kicks Sampson and McHale .

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    2. lol... you guys have wild imagination. :>

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    1. James Harden is a traveling machine... but they should all learn to do it. Because if they don't call it on Harden, they can't call it on anybody else. We are about to go to a three and four step travel. I don't care what continent its from... the Euro Step is a travel. And James Harden's is The Eurasian Steppe because he travels from the steppes of Asia to Europe.

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  20. NBA coming to the Philippines w/ no less than JLin and the Rockets themselves.

    http://ph.sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--nba-coming-to-town--rockets-pacers-at-moa-arena-022924069.html

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    1. NBA Philippines on Tuesday announced that James Harden, Jeremy Lin and the Houston Rockets and Paul George, Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers will face each other in a preseason game in October.

      In a press conference in Manila, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced in a video message shown on a jumbotron that the preseason game will happen on October 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

      "We look forward to putting on a great show for the Filipino fans," Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale added also in a video message played during the media event.

      Stern called Filipino fans among "the most passionate in the world."

      When asked why the NBA chose the Pacers and the Rockets for this historic game in the Philippines, Levy said the decision was not done lightly.

      "It’s a complicated process that’s based on a lot of factors," he said. "That determine which teams could travel when and where. We think these are two great teams that are coming and they’re going to put on a great show."

      The Pacers-Rockets showdown is part of an eight-game Global Games schedule that the NBA is putting together in October. After playing at the MOA Arena, the Rockets and Pacers head to Taipei, Taiwan - the home country of Rockets star Jeremy Lin's parents - for another game.

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    2. im from cebu philippines, and im gonna be there.

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    3. My daughter shrieked with delight and wants to go to Philippines to breathe the same air with Jeremy Lin!

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    4. guy who interviewed Chris Tiu was even making fun of me earlier lol:

      dSource ‏@dRealSource
      ur not hoping its Michael Jordan visiting? ;) - RT @IsabeliJane: @dRealSource @nba_philippines. Oh I hope it's the Rockets preseason game!

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    5. @IsabeliJane,
      you can start planning for you first date during Jeremy's visit in Oct. also, maybe you can volunteer yourself to host the Q&A after the game? ;>

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    6. @janelin7 - LOL. well if I go on a date with him I would do everything as humanly as possible not to have any paparazzi or nosy bystanders trail us, so I won't utter a peep or a squeak if and when that happens :)

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    7. uhoh, dunno why my reply to you posted as a reply to a different comment up on top of the page.

      anyway, yeah, you'd better make sure no picture of you both circulated on the internet after the date...haha

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    9. Isabelijane, tell dsource that Michael Jordan is 50 years old and that you like younger men like Jeremy Lin.

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    10. and tell them you plan conduct a coaching session with Jeremy to teach him a thing or two about how to take the B out of Bromance :D

      "Move the B!!! Get some energy!!"

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    11. @isabeli , where are the tickets available?

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    12. a basketball crazy nation :>

      http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/j1Syr.Bwyd05nK.aSsDBfg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnbaexperts/71779522.jpg

      http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/nba-probably-holding-preseason-game-philippines-033859484--nba.html


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    13. Rox should sign that kid in purple. He's the bargain bin DVD inside presence that Morey has been looking for.

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    14. @josephcarl - no words on the tickets yet.

      @KHuang - I told dsource if it's Shaq who'd come here and have dance battles, I'd go see that

      @psalm - lol. what "B" should I bark on him to "move!"?

      seriously though I'll be on the lookout for how McHale and the rest of the coaching staff will treat Jeremy.let's see if there will be changes between the Jeremy-McHale relationship next season, or Jeremy-new coach (if there is indeed a new coach)

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    15. does that mean KM will still be around next season, then?

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  21. Overheard at Sloan - The models weren’t built on a dataset like him[Jeremy Lin] -- Morey

    I particularly like the give tit for tat between Mark Cuban and Morey. Cuban win hands down!

    On setting a path to success:

    “Be a nuisance until they hire you.”
    -- Morey, on his path to success

    “Please don’t take that as a suggestion.”
    -- Cuban

    On drafting Royce White:

    "You were going to draft the same guy we did."
    -- Morey

    "Yeah, but we would have dealt with it differently."
    -- Cuban

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    1. It's a good thing I wasn't there.

      I'd been like "Both of you thought Jeremy Lin wasn't good enough the first time he cycled through your franchises".

      I'd also been like "You guys are nuts. Why didn't you draft Andrew Nicholson? He's been KILLING the NBA!"

      To Cuban, I'd say "You won this round because you drafted Jae Crowder"!

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  22. How old is the new PG Rox just signed? Let's hope they signed him IN CASE Jeremy needs to rest his ankle. Or, maybe he will take over Berverly's minutes, like Bev did to TD. Remember, coaches were loving TD too and they dissed him when Bev came along. No loyalty. Anyway, that is all wishful thinking. I am sure coaches will give Jeremy's minutes away bec no matter what Parsons says or doesn't say, Jeremy is treated like a role player on this team and the coaches have no faith in him. Boo hoo

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    1. Rose/Edward,

      AB is 28, drafted #26 in the first round of 2007, and will compete with Bev as the backup point guard. He fits HOU system of 3-ball, heavy offense and light defense, basically in the mold of TD and Bev except he's much worse on defense.

      It's always good to have 3 PGs in a team and I guess AB will provide fresh legs and fits the system but he won't challenge Jeremy as the starter as in the case of Bev. Only Jeremy has the court-vision talent among these PGs as evidenced by the # of assists.

      Here is a decent article on Dreamshake about the return of AB
      Note: I was going to see good but then I saw the comment that only Asik and Parsons are the defensive stoppers.

      Dreamshake: "The Impact of ABZ's Return"

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    2. I look at in a diff way , during the payoff Harden and Lin will play the regular way they are now . During most of game situation , when Harden need rest ,AB will be in for him and as a pure scorer , this way will let Lin do his natural position and let the other team catch up with Rockets fast pace offense without rest .If Lin out , Beverly will be play along with Harden with dual PG , They are going to use fast , young offense to make the other team to keep up with their tempo(instead improve their defense) . Also Garcia could also be a ball handler and dense purpose when Lin need a rest to avoid turn over too much in some game situation.I personal think it is a good thinking for a young team during the playoff.

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    3. @Unknown, I like your thought if AB can backup Harden to reduce his minutes.

      idk about Garcia as the ball handler yet but he can definitely provide some sharp shooting off the bench like in the Dallas game.

      man, this HOU team is basically assembled with 2 engines (Lin/Harden) with many spark plugs. But coaches sometimes mistake Lin as a spark plug.

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    4. @ Unknown

      I discussed the AB going in for Harden instead of Jlin on my post above. I also discussed possibilities or roster lineups that I think would be more effective during substitutions that would utilize all Rox players skill sets.

      But like many of us here fear, when it comes to McHale, who knows what he's going to do per game situation.

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    5. Man I hope you guys are right! SOMEONE needs to sub for Harden SOMETIMES. That guy is being burnt to the ground. If Harden goes down seriously, McHale should be brought up on criminal charges for manslaughter. Psalm, thanks for remembering my name, Rose. I know it is silly that I am under Edward's email name. :) and thanks for the response.

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    6. Sure, Rose. You are generous to let Edward continue to get the credit here :)

      True, overplaying Harden for over 38.4min/game with injured knee is just an accident waiting to happen. After the All-Star game, his minutes even increased to 40min/game. Crazy coaching strategy!

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    7. Crazy conspiracy theory. McHell wants Harden to go down, Lin gets free reign then Linsanity.

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    1. love these unguarded moments...

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    2. @1:11. Reason why Rox blew out the Mavs. Lin leading the team huddle without McHell.

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    3. The boss indeed. Captain Lin :)

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  24. Just saw this on ESPN - the chances the following teams will make the playoffs, based on some computer formula:

    Rockets - 93% chance of making playoffs
    Utah - 30%
    Lakers - 60%

    Not totally sure about the percentages for Utah and Lakers, but, the percentage for the Rockets is accurate.

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  25. Lol. Looks like a creepy stalker cam - filming his every movr with him mostly sitting on the bench.

    But I have to say he looked infinitely more assertive than he did in the sac game about a month ago.

    Nice to see.

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  26. Also, Tim Legler, the best basketball analyst out there, imo, said he likes the Rockets' playoff chances, and that he likes watching them play.

    Legler has also consistently said that Lin is an NBA starter and likes his game. If you want an objective opinion about Lin, email him.

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  27. Some of my thoughts based on the past month:
    -TRob is a nice add. I see him on the end of many fast breaks. DMO is a stud, needs to work on his defense.

    -Run and gun beginning to have wear and tear.* Having the other PG (Brooks, Beverly) absorb some minutes will actually be good.

    -I'm not afraid of Brooks of Beverly overtaking Lin in minutes. Lin is better. I just want McHale to let him have the reigns on offense.

    -Lin and Harden will need to practice more halfcourt sets as they gear up for the playoffs (where pace generally slows down). More pick and roll pls.

    -In six weeks, I see the Rockets in the six seed against LAC or MEMP. (hopefully memphis).

    * http://www.latinospost.com/articles/13566/20130305/jeremy-lin-james-harden-sit-out-thursday-practice-fast-paced.htm

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      If it wasn't for McDamnpson, I really believe the Rockets would be closing on the 5th seed. Wouldn't that be something. Then anything can happen in the playoffs - if the league don't hand games to big market teams for ratings.

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  28. So can someone explain to me this whole notion going on for Rockets fans wanting Lin to be traded. Smh..

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    1. I think they are in a delusional state in which they are hoping that ABrooks plays like the 09-10' seasons. What they don't understand was that it was a totally different offensive system than what it is now. It was Adelman's offensive system that PGs flourished playing in Rockets uniform. ABrooks after being traded to Suns then Kings has shown to be ineffective in other types of system. What they don't see is that Jlin has proven that he can achieve and go beyond Linsanity level in any offensive system. Which Jlin has shown that during Linsanity in NYK and glimpses of it as a Houston Rockets PG. The last game alone shows that in ONLY 20 minutes of play he produce double digit scoring and almost got 10 assists for a double double, a few rebounds and a couple of steals with only 2TO's...just like McHale said that is like a CP3 level game.

      But unfortunately Rocket fans are delusional in that they think ABrooks is going to have the same role as he did when he led the Rockets in 3 points and 3 points made consecutively. The reality is ABrooks is their to provide veteran leadership and be a catalyst for the 2nd unit.

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    2. Exactly, I mean Im not worried about Brooks. Lin IS the starting PG for the Rockets for the foreseable future. But it sickens me this whole notion of people wanting Rockets to trade Lin because they think he is a scum. They have NO IDEA who they have in their team and they should learn to appreciate him. Its hard but I guess Lin will always get this treatment, and there is no way of him proving people wrong. But I know Lin will be a great player in these last couple of weeks just watch and see.

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    3. those just a small fraction of rockets fans(?) and I believe they said those to irritate us. In toyota center, I see fans cheer for all the rockets players, no differences.

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    4. Not just the stupid and narrow minded Houston fans.....

      I'm a major Lin fan, and I too want him traded - but for a different reason: Firstly, I believe Lin will thrive almost anywhere away from Houston (just the confidence level of his will shoot up). Secondly, Houston don't deserve him.... But thanks, Les, for signing Lin - now, release him, so Lin can fly!

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    5. Pardon me , but , how sure are we that if Lin gets traded , he won't be having any problems with other teams? There's nothing perfect in this world. Challenges and obstacles are part of life. McHale stands for that. And Lin is no stranger to that.

      As much as I am apalled at the current treatment of him. I just want him to face this head on. This will make a greater man out of him. I am sure , he will come out on top at the end of this tussle.

      Khuang always says this - Lin is a COACH KILLAH!

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    6. Do not worry about the Rockets coaches and fans. This is all on Lin's shoulders. He showed on Sunday he can overcome adversity. He just needs to keep it up, because he will have to overcome in order to make it in the league.

      Even if we are right in what we say and believe re. Lin's role and limited minutes, it's up to him to make it an issue through his play and his leadership and the confidence he gives to coaches and teammates.

      He needs to get stats and break open games in his limited minutes, again like he did Sunday.

      And then in close games that the Rox lose, the Rox fans, media, and NBA media, and even the other teams' players and coaches will wonder aloud why Lin only played 23 minutes. A coach like Pop or G Karl will say "Thank god they only played Lin half the game, go figure. It helped us win."

      When Magic Johnson and Tim Legler etc. say on ABC TV and ESPN NBA analysis after the games, "I can't figure out for the life of me why Lin only played 20 minutes because he had 16 pts and 7 assists and Houston could have used his playmaking and big play abilities down the stretch" Lin will have done everything he's supposed to.

      That is what Lin needs to focus on doing now, playing great team ball to such a high level that everyone on the outside looking in wonders aloud wtf is going on.



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    7. Swing, what game was that? Jeremy had 16/7 in 20 minutes. I might have missed that game. Thanks.

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    8. The Nuggets game was a game like that.

      Afterwards, George Karl was like "Lin is the catalyst that makes the team go".

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    1. Can't they sedate him before he gets on a plane?

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    2. If something goes wrong after they sedate him, they have a lawsuit and a nightmare publicity on their hands. The sedative could also become addictive; I'm thinking of MJackson and HLedger. I hope things work out for Royce.

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    3. Isn't there like flight simulations he can at the very minimum attempt to do and see if he can get over his fear.

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    4. Well MJ used Propofol which is used for surgery not for sleeping.

      I have a bit of claustrophobia myself. Planes I am ok but I'd die if I have to go in a submarine or in a space ship.

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    5. Various airlines - such as Lufthansa - have elaborate programs to help people overcome their fear of flying. These programs include sessions with therapists and virtual reality goggles, tours (airport, airplane, cockpit) and what not. These programs exist.

      However - in Royces case its not just simple fear - its serious mental illnes (anxiety disorder). People are not just afraid of something (height, spiders, small space). People get anxiety attacks - and worse - they are in fear of getting anxiety attacks all the time. When you watch Whites draft video you will see that he avoided the crowd who was there to celebtrate with him -> fear!

      I know a girl who suffers from an anxiety disorder. She would be "normal" most of the time. You could not tell that theres something wrong with her. She drives (in her car) to work everyday and so on.

      However - when an anxiety attack occurs (all of a sudden) she wouldnt be able to drive any longer. If she is on the highway at this point she would have to stop and call for help. If it happens at work someone would have to bring her home.

      During an anxiety attack she would not just be afraid - she would be in crisis. She would be in fear of dying.

      As you can see - serious anxiety disorder is nothing like a "simple" phobia. The situation cannot just be resolved by taking something away (spiders, height, small space) and let the person cool down. My friend usually needs a whole day or two to recover from such an event. You wouldnt be able to talk and reason her out of the attack - just as you wouldnt be able to talk someone out of a heart attack.

      To compare oneself with a guy whos suffering from mental illnes or to point out that the problem could be easily solved (with drugs or whatever) can be considered offensive - for people who actually suffer from that condition.

      Royce said he used to take Xanax to deal with his fears. He also said that Xanax is banned in the NBA.

      http://www.csnhouston.com/basketball-houston-rockets/talk/royce-whites-back-happy-and-uh-scared

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  30. JLIN needs to learn to jump off two feet in traffic. This will help him draw fouls AND reduce the impact of the hit he takes because he will be more balanced in the air.

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    1. That requires intense plyometric and heavy weight lifting work in the summer. He probably doesn't have it naturally like some other athletes. He's a one leg jumper and even with that, his vertical is average for an athletic NBA scoring guard which is why he can't overwhelm people inside because he can get into the paint but can't finish over people like Westbrook or Dwade or Rose.

      Lin long term probably is more CP3/Nash than DRose/Wbrook anyways. He will have a longer career that way too.






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    2. @Swing, you committed trollism. Doesn't have it, average, can't overwhelm, and can't finish, what are you doing???

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    3. Vertical, which can be improved, has nothing to do with it. It's about getting people in the air and simply riding up their chest when they are coming down. You are in a much better position to absorb and GIVE punishment. Stopping on two feet requires practice. Lin has alway been a one foot guy. He has not put in the time because he never had too. He needs to now...

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    4. You mean like how he shoots a floater from a jump stop?

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    5. Forget the two feet vertical, it's not gonna happen. Get Lin some bouncing shoes.

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    6. He needs to be able to jump stop in traffic. He stops 1-2 or goes up 1-2.... Think Derek rose. A two foot landing a two foot lift off... Vertical isnt important... It's about lifting the defender and riding up their chest when the come down

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    7. It's also allows for a more balanced shot in the air because you are rising vertically rather than traveling forward...

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    8. Like Swing said, some players just don't have it naturally. Lin worked out with Sparta both off seasons and his vertical is 36. It's not going to get any higher. Like Swing said again, Lin is athletic enough but not DRose or Wbrook.

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  31. Aaah... the kid in you just can't hide. :)

    Lin on a plane headed to Dallas-

    http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/224997_298915266903707_723322318_n.jpg

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  32. Btw is it just me or is the rockets starting lineup the most diverse in the league. Asik is turkish, Dmo Lithuanian, Lin is asian, Harden african american and parsons white. Add a german, argentinian, and Dominican in the bench.

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