Playing for Proverbial Silver or Bronze is Still Worthwhile

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  1. celebrevida

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    For those who follow Olympics to some degree, you might have heard of Usain Bolt. The last three Olympics, he was unstoppable. In the 100m and 200m, no one could challenge him. He is basically the sprint version of a dynasty

    Barring injury, his opponents were all settling for silver or bronze at best and they knew it. But those opponents still trained and competed for the silver or bronze. And when they got on the podium, they were every bit as ecstatic and appreciative of their achievement as any gold medal winner.

    So I think that rather than trying to beat Usain Bolt, analogized to the Warriors, we should consider the goal to be getting the proverbial Silver or Bronze medal. If next season, we can reach WCF and lose to Warriors, that is a proverbial Silver medal performance and worthy of celebration.

    It isn't necessary to beat the Warriors. If we can make a claim to be 2nd or 3rd best, we can take joy in a very successful season next year.
     
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    Except in the NBA there are no medals for WCF losers
     
  3. rocketsballin

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    it will sell tickets. 0% chance they trade harden so might as well go with it. just do it right ffs. get a 2nd star w/o gutting the team, thats the first thing they should do. hopefully trade ryan if its for the 2nd star or its a good deal. more perimeter defense. lou should net us that, his value is at the highest its been.

    dont make harden do everythign and why is he still bringing the ball up the court every fkn time when we have bev, lou, eg, ariza that can help with that? even nene can help. stop making him do everything on offense. involve ryan more if he's staying
     
  4. Rodman23

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    thats loser talk
     
  5. theh

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    Ban the OP.
     
  6. BHannes2BHonest

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    Did I really just read that??

    If you ain't first, you're last ....
     
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    No.... you play to win... with the hopes and desires to win it all... if you come in 2nd or 3rd maybe that's something of a consolation... but if you go in trying for something less than winning it all - you have a loser mentality....

    Bolt could always stumble out of the blocks, pull a hammy, slip on DMo's ass sweat - whatever... that's why you always try your best - and let the chips fall where they may... otherwise, yer just a mental midget who can always come up with some excuse to quit or give less than your best... I certainly wouldn't want anybody like that on my team... and I'd have to believe that would hold true for any self respecting Rockets fan... ;)
     
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    Take that participation bulls**t back to your safe space.

    You play for chips and if you dont win it you damn well better be building to it.
     
  9. Patience

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    Lol at all the internet tough guys. I guess everyone on here is a President or CEO. If you ain't first, you're last.
     
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    No one is saying that you don't play to win. No one is saying to give less than maximum effort. Even when Usain Bolt was dominating, his competitors still trained and competed as hard as they could. But when they got to that Final 100m race and lost to him but still otherwise did very well, they still took pride in their Silver or Bronze Medal performances.

    Justin Gatlin knew he wasn't going to beat Usain Bolt. He still tried his best. And when it was all over, while disappointed he didn't get Gold, he was still proud to be on the same podium as him twice. Do you think Gatlin was like, anything less than Gold is for losers, I might as well have just finished last in the final race??? Should Rockets just tank and become the Nets because anything less than first is the same as last even though we have a Silver or Bronze Medal equivalent team?

    Yes the Rockets should strive for the "Gold Medal". But they are facing the proverbial Usain Bolt in the Warriors. If the Rockets can get to the podium, so to speak, and be the Justin Gatlin equivalent of the NBA, it is a proud and enjoyable achievement.

    We need to accept the fact that Harden and Rockets are in Justin Gatlin position while the Warriors are in Usain Bolt position. And if we fall just short of the "Gold" but can be considered the 2nd or 3rd best team in the NBA, it is a great success worth celebrating.
     
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    It is absolutely necessary to beat the Warriors, but it doesn't mean we should give up because our chances are slim, as some have suggested.

    Being in the playoffs gives you a significantly higher chance of beating the Warriors than not being in the playoffs, particularly speaking about the years we have been the 8th seed and debated losing for the 14th or 15th pick.
     
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    Way to set that bar high.

    F*** getting A's in school, I'll get that B or C.
     
  13. celebrevida

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    Grades are not a good analogy. More than one person can get A's.

    Another and perhaps more fitting analogy is Women's Olympic Hockey Tournament.

    Everyone knows it's down to Canada vs USA. It doesn't mean other teams don't train hard or try their best for the upset. But it does mean that Bronze medal becomes a very noteworthy achievement because, like Warriors and Cavs, those two teams are clearly a tier above others.

    And when it was all over and Switzerland won Bronze, it was still a very proud moment for all Swiss fans. No supporter was like, "They only got bronze what losers". Instead they were ecstatic.

    Well the Rockets are exactly like the Swiss Women's National Hockey Team. Go for Gold but be happy with a Bronze.
     
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    You know what mf'ers who win silver and bronze medals wish they had?

    A gold one.
     
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