Saturday, March 9, 2013

Rockets @ Suns Game #64 Pre Game Thread

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  1. A lot of former Rockets on the Suns. Should be really interesting.

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  2. There are Lin Fans(like Khuang and a lot of others) and Lin Only Fans(like myself and a few others). My definition of LOF is fans who are currently drawn into watching Rox games because of Lin. We concern more on the well being and progress of Lin than the Rox team's win and loss record. (I am sure Lin himself probably doesn't even like that definition because he wants his team to win) I go even further to say that the LOF are watching the NBA games because of Lin. I can tell you by reading a lot of blogs that Linsanity brought back a lot of Knick's fans who have stopped watching the Knicks for a few years. I am not even from NY and I stopped watching NBA for over 10+ years. Those "new" Knick's fans probably continue to watch the Knicks this year because the Knicks are doing fairly well compare to previous years. If NY goes on to lose in the first round of playoff in the next couple of years, those fans will probably disappear again until the next "Linsanity". I don't think the Knicks and even the NBA understand the magnitude of impact of their games from Linsanity.

    Now comes the Rox organization. I was happy Lin gets to go to a new team and plays his brand of basketball. Instead of embracing the Lin phenomenon, they want to marginalize his abilities and his career. My league pass only cost $189 but I will probably not going to renew this next year if I don't see any improvement of Lin's treatment. This is my subtle way to protest the current situation. If thousands of more people feel the same way, I hope NBA will notice the drop in the subscriptions and try to figure out what had happened.

    I saw McHale allowed Lin to play his minutes yesterday but I don't think this is a turnaround. This is just one of those games that give the LOF hopes up. We will continue to be disappointed the rest of the season.

    As you can see, I embrace the term LOF as I am one.

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  3. Wow, bad luck for Amare Stoudemire: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2013/3/9/4084204/amare-stoudemire-injury-knee-debridement-knicks

    Unlike Melo, Stat did seem willing to share attention and fame with Lin and others last year during Linsanity.

    Regarding what BTO just wrote up, the clash long time Houston fans at Clutchfans is having with the new flux of LOF seems similar to what happened at the Knicks RealGM forum last year.

    Except, from what I've read, Melo really was really, really jealous of Lin, and seemed to want to actively subvert his success, even to the detriment of the whole team (JR Smith, too)

    James doesn't appear to be inherently selfish, he is just learning how to be superstar foundational leader of Rockets. Like comment I believe I read on Clutchfans before, Olajuwon was apparently same way during his first year, but it wasn't until he learned to trust his teammates and share ball that real success and championships followed.

    Lin has learned to turn the other cheek to all of the racial insults he got during his Ivy League games, so hopefully people can separate heated, but good spirited debate about Lin, Harden, Beverely, McHale, Rockets, etc. from personal attacks on others who have a different opinion or priority (long time Houston fan vs. Lin only fan).

    Peace!

    :)

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    1. Harden also appears to be a really cool dude:

      http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2012/11/harvey-harden’s-beard-only-part-of-intriguing-story/

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    2. Artesia’s well-regarded basketball program wasn’t a factor in Willis’ decision. Her son didn’t know anything about it until he walked into the gym and saw a photo on the wall of Jason Kapono, one of Harden’s favorite players at UCLA who later went on to play in the NBA.

      As a freshman, Harden was a 6-1 set shooter who often had to take breaks because of asthma. Pera, however, was impressed with his instincts.

      By the middle of his junior year, after Harden had grown several inches and developed a more well-rounded game, Pera was impressed. Period.

      He asked Harden to take more command of the offense, something he had been reluctant to do because, according to Pera, he didn’t want to be considered a “ball hog.” Pera called Willis, who soon marched into his office with Harden.

      “She told him to do whatever the coach told him to do or he’d have to answer to her,” Pera said.

      From that day forward, Harden was recognized as one of Southern California’s best players, leading Artesia to two state championships and earning a scholarship to Arizona State. It was an easy choice because Pera had moved there to become an assistant coach after Harden’s junior year and his mother was moving to nearby Phoenix to take over a house her mother had willed to her.

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    3. So, it sounds like he does whatever the coach tells him to do including McHell?

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  4. Rockets need to be careful. This is one of those game. They need to close it early and go get some rest. Can't give the suns any hope of winning. If there is a game we need to win is this one and the other 3 against the suns. Sometimes easy can be deceiving. Let's go Lin!

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  5. will lin play in the 4th quarter?

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  6. i'll be at the game.

    I'm going to root for the SUNS tonight, just because Lin is too damn good. For fun, I'm going to root against Lin and the Rockets.

    For this game, I think Lin is an "OK" player. He'll have his hands full with Goran Dragic on both ends. Plus my Suns have this "terrific " new starting small forward named "Marcus Morris" who's gonna go OFF against the Suns.

    How's that for faux home team spirit, guys?

    Trashtalk me. I'll be cheering for the SUNS!

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    1. lol. khuang how about a sign or something so we can see you on tv?

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    2. Marcus Morris will go off against the ROCKETS.

      my bad.

      I don't do this fake home team thing very well, do I?

      Go ROCKETS - er, I mean Suns!

      poopy.

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    3. @KHuang:
      Enjoy and have fun! Take a picture with Lin if you can and post it :)

      @jubeininja69:
      Hes going to wear a red rose on his revers!

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    4. Yup Khuang, thanks in advance for the courtside reporting! Must be difficult to be rooting for the Rockets/Lin when you're surrounded by a sea of Suns fans. So, we understand why you have to pretend to be something you're not at today's game. Must be a lot of work keeping up the appearances! Kudos!

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    5. Have a great time tonight, @KHuang! ^^ [You might bump into @psalm!]

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    6. KHuang,

      Please be the report for us. I hope Lin is kind of cold towards McDamnpson; you know, be neutral because they are the coaches, but keep "distance" from them, and no eye contact with them as much as possible.

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  7. To McHale : Lin has been improving and is a lot better than when he started(Due to recovery of injury, I guess). It's understandable if you bench him due to health issue or very poor performance. But not the way you've been playing him. You could have been seed 5 if not for those stupid lost games. Yes, he should shoot better. Yes, he should be more careful handle/passing the ball. Yes, he is young and will be better. No, he is not an all star. But FOR NOW there's something about Jeremy Lin that will help you win games. Harden is not a selfish player and they can work together beautifully for the years to come. Asik is good but needs to practice FT. He missed too many points against Dallas. Tell the big guy not shooting that hard on FT line.

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  8. Knicks with Stoudemire out, Anthony out and no Lin to bail them out. Karma. Still hope they beat Utah today though.

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  9. Jonathan Feigen ‏@Jonathan_Feigen
    Weird to look at the court in warmups. One end of the floor has former Rockets, the other has former Kings. Who's playing here tonight?
    4:12 PM - Mar 9, 2013

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