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Jaypride001 has been making .gifs so I guess it's my job to post them. To be honest, it's the first time since June that I've been on TDS. I haven't been boycotting - just been busy with life. Wha'd I miss? I know that we acquired some...
Jaypride001 has been making .gifs so I guess it's my job to post them. To be honest, it's the first time since June that I've been on TDS. I haven't been boycotting - just been busy with life. Wha'd I miss? I know that we acquired someone tall... Kidding. I just need the word count up, so this fanpost is halfway decent. Here are some of jaypride's .gifs. I tried to post bigger versions, but it's been a headache. I would have wanted Asik in this line-up, but I hear he's ailing? This fastbreak! I missed these like... Anyway, tell me what you're doing. Are you also regretting moving from the Philippines like I do? Looking forward to the start of the season? Still iffy on that "tall guy" we acquired - no matter how much persuading (read plaguing) Allen does?
about 2 hours ago
What's ahead for the Houston Rockets? Our 5-on-5 panel previews the 2013-14 season.
What's ahead for the Houston Rockets? Our 5-on-5 panel previews the 2013-14 season.
about 6 hours ago
When you're 39 years old, the injuries start to pile up. For Marcus Camby, a torn plantar fascia will keep him out of action for at least two weeks, and perhaps even more. Here's Jonathan Feigen's story from training camp: Rockets cen...
When you're 39 years old, the injuries start to pile up. For Marcus Camby, a torn plantar fascia will keep him out of action for at least two weeks, and perhaps even more. Here's Jonathan Feigen's story from training camp: Rockets center Marcus Camby, expected to be out another two weeks with a foot injury, could be out much longer if things don't improve soon. Camby said Wednesday that the therapy he has been trying is to improve his condition enough to avoid surgery that would likely keep him out for as much as two months. "My plantar fascia is torn," Camby said. "I'm trying to do whatever I can to avoid surgery. We're just going to rehab it and see how it goes in the next two weeks and take it from there. We don't want to rehab it and nurse it and have it still be lingering. That is something I'm going to sit back and figure out and definitely look toward long term, as the season progresses to the second half of the season. I have to be smart about it." I've said it from the start that if the Rockets have to count on Camby for serious minutes this season that they'll be in trouble. Camby struggled mightily with injuries with the Knicks last year, and never got fully comfortable, especially on the offensive side. Over the course of the entire season, Camby made just 17 shots all season, some three less than Luis Scola made in just one game in 2010. And on the defensive side, he continues to be a solid help defender, but his athleticism has waned and he has begun to struggle with quicker big men. That plantar fascia injury he suffered might be partially to blame. With Omer Asik still in the fold, the Rockets can afford to play it slow with Camby, but the injury nonetheless is worrying. Many have been quick to pencil Camby in for backup minutes late in the season after the Rockets presumably trade Asik, but this injury does underscore the value of having a reliable, consistent backup center like Asik. We're early in the evaluation process and hopefully Camby will be back before the regular season, but it's definitely a story to watch.
about 6 hours ago
Houston Rockets center Marcus Camby will miss at least two more weeks with a torn plantar fascia in his foot, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. More: Rockets coverage at The Dream Shake Camby is trying so...
Houston Rockets center Marcus Camby will miss at least two more weeks with a torn plantar fascia in his foot, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. More: Rockets coverage at The Dream Shake Camby is trying some new therapy in order to improve his condition and avoid surgery that would keep him out several months and possibly longer. The 39-year-old plans to be cautious with the injury and doesn't want it to linger: "My plantar fascia is torn," Camby said. "I'm trying to do whatever I can to avoid surgery. We're just going to rehab it and see how it goes in the next two weeks and take it from there. We don't want to rehab it and nurse it and have it still be lingering. That is something I'm going to sit back and figure out and definitely look toward long term, as the season progresses to the second half of the season. I have to be smart about it." Houston signed Camby this offseason to add depth in the frontcourt, but the veteran hasn't participated at all during training camp due to the foot injury. Camby dealt with foot problems last year as well, only playing in 24 games for the New York Knicks. He averaged 1.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game. The Rockets are dealing with several other injuries this preseason in addition to Camby. Omer Asik remains out with a strained calf, while both Reggie Williams and Francisco Garcia are nursing groin injuries. More from SB Nation NBA: • Are Pistons playoff bound? | Flannery: Crazier things have worked • The Hook: Quit shooting so many threes! • Ziller: Kobe, injury recovery and the myth-building of a legend • Did Jordan give Looney Tunes PEDs in Space Jam? • Today's NBA headlines from around the league
about 7 hours ago
Rockets fans and commentators are rightly excited about the upcoming season, but maybe – and you don’t hear this often – not as excited as they should be. Most of the talk has been around whether the Rockets can sneak into the third or f...
Rockets fans and commentators are rightly excited about the upcoming season, but maybe – and you don’t hear this often – not as excited as they should be. Most of the talk has been around whether the Rockets can sneak into the third or fourth spot in the West, thus earning home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. But if the predictions from one of my favorite stat geeks, Arturo Galletti, are to be trusted, then brace yourself for some much loftier questions…Will anyone in the West come close to challenging the Rockets for the top seed?Will the Rockets be the best team in the NBA? Better even than the LeBrons?Will the Rockets be the best team in recent NBA memory?And, most uncomfortably, …Will the Rockets challenge the NBA record of 72 wins set by Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls?Gasp. I went there. Or more accurately, Arturo’s statistics went there. And his statistics are as good of an objective measure as you are going to find. He uses David Berri’s WP48 measure, which does some complicated manipulations of simple box score statistics to produce a single measure of player efficiency. WP48 is both predictive and stable across time, thus satisfying two crucial performance-metric criteria which many of its competitors do not. Arturo adjusts the WP48 metrics for the players’ age and expected minutes per game, and then sums these adjusted estimates across all players to get win predictions for each team. (I’m simplifying a bit, but that’s the gist.) The table below shows the resulting predictions. (Note that these are updated predictions that Arturo shared with me over email, so they are slightly different than the ones at the link above.)How to interpret this: Even if the Rockets have a “bad” season, they will still likely finish in the top four or five in the NBA. If, on the other hand, they have a very good season, they may win as many games as any team in NBA history.I will pause to give you time to gulp.When such brazen predictions are laid before us, the natural reaction is to hunt for holes to poke. That’s why David Berri has a 6,400-word FAQ page to address all your hole-poking queries. It turns out WP48 can be accused of many things, but being poorly thought out is not one of them. Nevertheless, the first maxim of statistics is that statistics never tell the whole story, and I can think of several factors that might be skewing the Rockets’ statistics. But brace for more gulping because the factors suggest that the predictions might be underestimating the Rockets.Factor 1. The WP48 measure, like nearly any available measure, does not adequately account for a player’s defense. +3 for the Rockets because they have the most important defensive position manned by a three-time Defensive POY and by Omer Asik, whose defense I do not have enough superlatives to describe. (In my nerdier fantasies I envision discovering a way to measure Omer’s off-ball defense.)Factor 2. The predictions are sensitive to the allocation of minutes, and it’s very hard to predict how that allocation will shake out due to injuries and player dynamics and baffling coaching decisions. +2 for the Rockets because Arutro’s model assumes that Omer will be limited to 18 minutes a game when in fact if the towers can function as twins, he may be seeing closer to 30 min/g.Factor 3. The predictions treat players as independent parts, but the first lesson of team sports is that the whole can sometimes be much greater or much less than the sum of its parts. +1 for the Rockets because smart money says that the pairing of Harden and Howard – historically two of the league’s most efficient players, particularly in the pick and roll – will yield even greater individual efficiency, at least if Howard is willing to engage in heaping helpings of pick n’ roll.Let me reiterate: Arturo’s WP48-based predictions suggest that this year’s Rockets may be historically great and my logic suggests that his model may be underestimating them. I feel enormously uneasy
about 8 hours ago
Both teams are coming off tough losses in their first game, so look for them to come out gunning for a-wait it's still preseason. My bad. TDS didn't get a recap up for the Pelicans game, so I'll put some of my thoughts here. Again, it's...
Both teams are coming off tough losses in their first game, so look for them to come out gunning for a-wait it's still preseason. My bad. TDS didn't get a recap up for the Pelicans game, so I'll put some of my thoughts here. Again, it's preseason so no jumping the gun on the fringe players. 1. The starters looked GREAT. I mean, it really clicked for them. Howard looked healthy and comfortable with the ball in the post, Parsons slashed and did Parsons things, Harden was awesome and even played some defense, and Lin was ultra-aggressive and confidently stroked a triple. These four looked fantastic and they are already firing on multiple cylinders. It's very telling that all 4 of the core starters finished with a +/- in double digits. 2. As for Donatas Motiejunas, he looked a little passive and was taken advantage of by Anthony Davis. There's no shame in that, and it's still early for D-Mo. It will get better, and he won't be facing a player with Davis' quickness and skill set every night. Finishing with 4/6/3 is a decent stat line but fouling out in 24 minutes is no way to get the coaching staff on your side, especially with the new emphasis on defense. 3. I said the backup PF might average more points than the starting PF, and through one meaningless preseason game, I'm right. Terrence Jones had himself a game. 4. Patrick Beverley did Jrue Holiday up dirty. What transpired in the fourth quarter between the two was filthy and deserves an R rating. Bev was all over Holiday and picked his pocket four times, though it seemed like way more. 5. I spoke to a few people who watched the 15+ minutes of scrimmage that Clutch Fans posted last week (much love to Clutch for getting that footage-it was awesome). One of the sentiments coming away from that was that Omri Casspi looked bad and lost. Well, throw that out the window. Casspi was 9-10 (with the lone miss being a last-second heave to try to send the game to OT) in full PLAYA FROM JUDEA mode and looked great. I don't know if he'll make the team, but even if he does it's going to be tough for him to crack the rotation. He did a solid Delfino impression though. 6. BUT...even with Bev, Jones, and Casspi playing great they finished -8. -9, and -12 respectively. Why? Because the backups played no defense. It's crazy to think Casspi put up 20 points in 20 minutes and still went -12. Crazy. 7. Where have we seen poor bench defense before? Last year, that's where. Too bad we don't have a solid big man backup to patrol the paint when Dwight is sitting. Too bad we traded Asik for a shoot-first PF who doesn't defend at all. Wait, we didn't do that? Sweet! If you had any questions as to why the Rockets want to keep Asik around, this game tells the story. Yes, it's preseason. But the Rockets had a huge drop off in defense between the starters and bench last season, and that looks to be partially shored up by Asik. 8. Ronnie Brewer looked lost and that's to be expected since he joined the team later than everyone else over the summer. He's never going to be expected to contribute a lot with this group, but he's got to show us more than he did Saturday. To be fair, the Jazz stink hasn't faded. And yes, I said a few years ago that if the Rockets employed a former Jazz player I would say the Rockets were playing 4-on-5 whenever that player was on the court. Well, Brewer made it seem like the Rockets literally had four players on the court. 9. Isaiah Canaan and Aaron Brooks both played fewer than 8 minutes and neither scored a basket. I still expect Canaan to be a Viper this season. Brooks coughed up the ball 4 times, which is about once every two minutes or once every three possessions. Um, less of that please. 10. Robert Covington has a nice stroke and looked plenty confident, which is paramount at this stage. His only made shot was a putback dunk after the Casspi miss at the end of regulation, but all-in-all he looked good. Defense was a problem though. 11. Not much from this game change
about 8 hours ago
Rockets prep for Pacers with plenty of questions still left to be answered
Rockets prep for Pacers with plenty of questions still left to be answered
about 11 hours ago
Lowe Expectations – Grantland’s Zach Lowe has written his 2013-2014 NBA season preview. He puts the Rockets in the second tier of contenders along with the Pacers, Grizz, Clips and Nets, but below the top tier of the Heat, Sp...
Lowe Expectations – Grantland’s Zach Lowe has written his 2013-2014 NBA season preview. He puts the Rockets in the second tier of contenders along with the Pacers, Grizz, Clips and Nets, but below the top tier of the Heat, Spurs, Thunder and Bulls. He writes:The potential for a championship roster is there, but there are too many questions to get Houston, flush with two of the league’s 15 best players, into the top tier. The Rox need to either feed Howard all the delicious post-ups he wants or trick him into feeling like a centerpiece while really leaning on the Harden/Howard pick-and-roll that should be their foundation. Houston will also slow down some after playing at the league’s fastest pace last season, and the coaching staff has been blunt in detailing how Harden, Jeremy Lin, and Chandler Parsons must improve their defensive fundamentals and/or effort.Lion Face/Lemon Face - I’m going to steal Hardwood Paroxysm’s excellent format for today’s news on the Rockets trip to the Philippines.Lion Face: Jeremy Lin is loving it:“I’m glad to see and feel the warmth they showed to me in person when I got the chance to walk in the mall last night. Everyone was polite, respectful and I was really blown away,” he said.He said he was thankful for a chance “to inspire people, especially my fellow Asians.”Lemon Face: Traveling to the far side of the globe isn’t a great way to prepare for the season, according to Chandler Parsons:So, yeah, it’s a little bit inconvenient to make a trip like this at a time when we need every day to build some chemistry and try to come together to challenge for a championship.So You’re Saying There’s a Chance – Bovada has released the Vegas odds on who will win the NBA Championship this year, and the Rockets’ changes are decent: 10-1. They fall behind Miami (2-1), Chicago (8-1), Oklahoma City (8-1) and the Clippers (9-1), and they’re tied with Brooklyn and Indiana. I feel compelled to remind you that gambling is never a responsible financial decision, unless you’re really drunk.Karl Malone, Mentor? - SI.com’s Rob Mahoney paired up three NBA stars with hypothetical mentors in a recent column. He picked Karl Malone for Dwight Howard. His rationale is that The Mailman could help Superman reach his full potential as a roll man:A more committed screen would free up Howard’s ball-handling teammate more, further stretching the attention and resources of opposing defenses. Everyone would benefit. Howard could see clearer lanes to the rim (or segues into post-up opportunities) as the defense rotates to the ball, Houston’s shooters could get more open looks due to the defensive urgency of stopping dribble penetration, and the ball-handler in question would generate momentum en route to a good look at the basket if not defended fully. All it would take is a little patience (and a bit more contact) in Howard’s screen-setting. Who better to learn that timing from than Karl Malone, who served as the finishing half of arguably the best pick-and-roll duo of all time?This has plenty of merit from a technical skill-development perspective, but let’s be real; the last thing Howard needs is to be following in the footsteps of a big man who is known for wilting in huge moments and never winning a championship.It’s a Business – A few weeks ago I was surprised to see that I was being followed on Twitter by “the world’s 4th largest mobile handset manufacturer,” ZTE. I was skeptical, having never heard of the company, but a quick Google search revealed that they are huge in Asia, but still didn’t quite understand what any of that had to do with me.Now I know. Take it away, Forbes:The Houston Rockets have teamed up with the fourth largest mobile phone vendor in the world, naming ZTE  their official smartphone for the 2013-14 NBA season. Marking ZTE’s first major promotional
about 18 hours ago
HoopsHype came out with a list of the top 50 Rockets players in history based on their performance with the team. Its definitely worth a look. Although some people may be upset that Chuck Hayes isnt number 2 on the list behind The Dream,...
HoopsHype came out with a list of the top 50 Rockets players in history based on their performance with the team. Its definitely worth a look. Although some people may be upset that Chuck Hayes isnt number 2 on the list behind The Dream, in fact, he's not on the list at all. Its entertaining to scroll through and see some of the names on there tho so i thought i would share it and you all could share your thoughts on whether its a good list or its terrible. http://hoopshype.com/galleries/hoopshype/the-top-50-players-in-rockets-history
about 24 hours ago
The relationship between the Philippines and the USA has been a fraught one, but one American export enjoys nearly unconditional love in the nation of islands: basketball. Despite generally lacking what some, foolish, observers believe ...
The relationship between the Philippines and the USA has been a fraught one, but one American export enjoys nearly unconditional love in the nation of islands: basketball. Despite generally lacking what some, foolish, observers believe is a key measurable for basketball, height, Filipinos actually adore, and play the game at levels of devotion usually attributed to celluloid Indiana. Don't believe me? Then believe Rafe Bartholomew, who wrote one of my favorite sports books ever recounting his experiences revolving around basketball in the Philippines. Honestly, if you aren't familiar with the subject, you won't believe it until you read it. Get the book, if you love basketball you won't regret it. The sheer love and devotion to basketball is like nothing you've seen, even in a land where the game is played at its highest level. Hoops are like soccer/futbol in Brasil, only more interesting. (No, I'm unpaid to say that, I bought the book.) The Philippines have been playing basketball longer than nearly anyone outside of North America, with the game coming to the islands around 1898, through that bastion of not-exactly-casual basketball the world over, the YMCA. The Phillipine National Team formed in 1913. By contrast, the mighty Spanish National Team only formed in 1935. (As part of a cozy relationship for the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Spain was good even then, they won silver.) Back to modern times, the Rockets and Pacers were greeted at Ninoy Acquino airport by a big crowd, and the arrival of the NBA teams made front page news. Lest you think this is the equivalent of front pages news someplace like Luxembourg, the Philippines have a population of around 100 million, larger than any single European country, or about 10% smaller than Mexico. Stories about the Rockets, and I suppose, the Pacers are everywhere, and the teams have seen crowds where ever they go. We Rockets fans should be proud that our team, with its history of players with Southeast Asian backgrounds, was selected to play in Manila. (Though they weren't selected to play in Shanghai. Perhaps this has something to do with American Jeremy Lin's Taiwanese Christian heritage? David Stern will never tell.) All this to say, despite being an exhibition game, this is a big deal, for the Philippines, for the NBA, and for the Rockets. Let's do what we can to support the Rockets, and the large and growing population of Filipino and Filipina Rockets fans on The Dreamshake. (Come for Jeremy Lin, stay for the most exciting and lovable team in the NBA.) Anyhow, watch the game, leave a few remarks here and marvel at the worldwide popularity of the NBA. And a shout out to our Pinoy readers! Please use this link to cover the story, the game, whatever. We want to hear from you about the Rockets in Manila. We hope to see Manila calling here at The Dreamshake soon. Poll Did you know basketball was huge in the Philippines? Of course I did. No. I fail to see the Linplications of this question. 8 votes | Results
1 day ago