This is a shorter pod (about 13 minutes) than usual. The original plan was to have the interview as the first part and then talk some Rockets, but I didn't want to combine the two after last night. We'll talk about some of the problems in the next podcast.
Smith does talk about Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington and Troy Daniels in the podcast.
I think its safe to say that based on the syle of players that the Rockets love to find, I dont think Smith is going to have to adjust his style of play that much even though he says that he will adjust to the players he has.
One of the more interesting things he said was pointing towards Canaan & Covington's defensive awareness as key issues to work on. Said he has a tendency to gamble a little bit which is a little scary seeing as the Rockets have such a huge weakness with their guards playing such poor perimeter defense.
I wonder if that's something that the coaches & FO will wait longer on in order to bring him up, or if they will be a little more accepting than usual given the injuries the Rockets have had & their usual call ups after the trade deadline. Usually the Rockets bring up their rookies around mid-season to get NBA PT, but in this case I'm wondering if they stay down longer than usual or have a difficult time ever making it up in the first place given how and where the Rockets are struggling right now.
I loved this interview Clutch. Nevada (what a great name) seems like he is a natural fit as an assistant coach for the Rockets. Just goes to show how deep Morey will search for visionary coaching talent. The Rockets roster is so stacked it may be a while before Covington and Canaan see the NBA, but that is OK. Maybe they will appear in the next 18 months as fully NBA ready players. At the rim, defense and corner threes, in that order is a ticket to the chip.
Of course, the Vipers play against inferior opposition, but I would be interested to find out how the Vipers will respond if the 3s do not fall. Because that's what the Rockets are struggling with.
I think Rockets fans overestimate the reliance of 3 pointers by the Rockets. So far this year, the Rockets are 9-2 when they shoot over 35% from 3pt line. And they're 5-5 in games shooting under that. I use 35% because it's kind of a nice "good enough" mark. League average is about 36%.
5-5 indeed is not good. But every team's record suffers when they shoot badly. This applies to teams that shoot 20 footers instead of 3s too. It's not like the Rockets are auto-loss when they shoot badly. On the flip side, the Rockets are basically unstoppable when they can shoot the 3 at simply league average efficiency.