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[ESPN/ Russillo] "I can't stand the Rockets", "I will root against them"

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by Deuce, May 4, 2019.

  1. TEXNIFICENT

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    I know. But all of these talking heads are claiming Harden and the Rockets are " what's wrong with the league" claiming to be old school. I call BS. The NBA rule changes to soften up the sport breeds this style of play. If you really want old school basketball bring stop handcuffing the defense. Let's hand check on the ball and impede the cutters. Ya know, go "old school"!
     
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    I like 3 pointers, but I don't like too many free throw attempts, 25 or more.

    Shoot to win, not free throws to win.
     
  3. Lurch

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    Yea I agree. I do prefer old school ball but I also don’t blame Houston and players now for doing what they’re doing. They are adapting to win now and doing what it takes. If it becomes a big enough issue the league will fix it.

    I’m actually in the camp of thinking coaches like Pop, as great as he is, are making a mistake. If you aren’t adapting to today’s style of play, you’re going to fall behind and become irrelevant. It’s that simple. You can hate it, but it’s whats happening regardless.

    But I also understand when people like Russillo say they can’t stand it. I don’t blame him. There are more exciting forms of basketball than dribbling the clock down and looking for a foul.
     
  4. RocketOrg

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    Considering all the negative feedback on this board from Rockets fans about the offense it’s no surprise some in the media don’t like it. Why is such s surprise? He’ll, even I think the offense is stupid at times, especially watching a guard oriented team launch 3 after 3, while passing up easy 2’s and layups. I mean, when s guy has a clear path for a layup on a fast break but stops at the 3 point line to jack up a 3, it drives me crazy.

    I also think the system is flawed and isn’t good enough to win it all. As evidenced by the way teams are now defending us at the 3 point line, they’re basically playing the percentages that we’ll shoot around 35% and take over 50% of the shots from beyond the arc. Personally I find the offense boring. I like a more balanced offense with an inside presence and mid range game, but that’s just me.
     
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    And for that reason the best and only way opposing teams to stop him is by fouling him

    Fouls are f*in fouls

    Delusional LOF
     
  6. mike2k132

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    See u none believer from me seat tonite at Toyota....real fan. Ima do my part
     
  7. solid

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    I became a Rocket's fan when they moved from San Diego. However, I don't like the way this team plays either. They are chuckers. I hate pounding the cover off the ball. Isolation basketball is actually stupid. Every time you pass the ball the defense has to reset. When you dribble the cover off, the defense can rest. That is ugly basketball, especially when you shoot a low percentage.
     
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    No offense, but:
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    Yup that is him.
     
  10. solid

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    Cute, when you don't have an argument or rebuttal, why not!
     
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    This is a good point but i don't agree completely.

    The Rockets do game the system, not cheat, but game. Harden doesn't actually want to be fouled. He wants to create the environment where you can only foul him or allow him an uncontested shot attempt. It's why people hate to watch him play. He's either making what looks like uncontested layups, 3s, going to the foul line, or getting fouled and not called. He creates the contact, the nba has long accepted this but he's the only one to ever do it on every single play.

    But, teams have long gamed the rules as well and it's welcomed when it leads to flashy plays. What's funny is the Warriors moving screens, old school Pistons hand checking, and many other similar game plans that lead to championships were outright cheating. It was against the rules. What the rockets do is within the rules, it's just not what people want to see. So, the nba calls it straight up in the regular season and swallow their whistles in the playoffs. This has happened every year. I can even live with the jumpshot non-calls if they didn't let him get mugged in the paint. It's so obvious the refs have specific Harden rules. Even other rockets players get more calls than him. They will call more fouls when Gordon drives but the dilemma with Harden is that he may get fouled on every drive. So, they just don't call it.
     
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    This. I love the Rockets but all that ref whining was very off putting. How we use the rules to gain an advantage is off putting for non Houston fans. It is what it is.
     
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    who cares as long as the Rockets win.

    If the league doesn't like the way the Rockets play, they can change the rules. Until then they should suck it.
     
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    How is it beneficial for one's own media career by bashing a sports team that's located in one of the most populated cities in America?

    I'm baffled
     
  15. SamFisher

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    Nobody in Charlottesville likes it either butt nugget
     
  16. ChumpCity

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    He says ISO ball is not fun to watch. He hates all the crying we do about officiating. He’s got a point with both. Has also said several times this season he’d vote for Harden for MVP.

    I subscribe to his pod (which is always well thought out and entertaining) and will continue to listen. So what he hates the Rockets, I can’t stand his teams either (he’s a Boston guy).
     
  17. Easy

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    Exactly. The ISO game in the 90s was ugly. And they changed the rule. Now somehow the Rockets and Harden reinvent the ISO game successfully. Well, it's up to the NBA to consider changing the rules again to get rid of it.

    Yes, this stationary ISOing is ugly and I don't blame people not liking it. Now either teams come up with something to stop it or the league change rules.

    I didn't like Shaq bulling his way to the basket either. That was ugly basketball. Nobody complained that Shaq was what was wrong about basketball. And I don't like Giannis bulling his way to the basket and shooting 20 free throws. Nobody complains that the Greek Freak is what is wrong about basketball.
     
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