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Don’t forget, Rafael Stone put this team together.

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by thekad, Nov 22, 2021.

  1. Mr Woods

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    I’m not saying Stone doesn’t have good moves. KJ was a great find. But can we not ignore context here? At the time of Tate’s extension, Tate was a better trade asset solely because he was prioritized over KJ with respect to playing time, and being labeled the team leader. KJ had to demand a trade in order to showcase what he was capable of. KJ always had this in him. And if it wasn’t for Tate’s mysterious ankle injury to start this season, who knows how the KJ situation plays out.

    This is my overall point about Stone. With every good move he’s made, you can follow it up with a bad one. Yes he found KJ, but he has mismanaged KJ’s situation entirely up until this season.

    And regarding those non-guaranteed contracts, yeah in theory they are low risk and you can possibly find a gem for dirt cheap. The problem is, Silas is playing Matthews, Nix, Bruno, Tate, etc. over the draft picks that should be getting those minutes for development. With Stone being heavily pro-player, and emphasizing family environment and culture, I just simply don’t trust him to do what’s best for the organization when it’s time to release those non-guaranteed players.
     
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    I just disagree there. Day to day results fall on Stone as well. It would be naive to think Silas’ decision-making is not aligned with how Stone wants us to play. There was an article/report not too long ago that revealed how “hands-on” Stone actually is on a day to day basis, and that includes the starting lineup/rotations.

    This KPJ experiment is on Stone, just as much as it is on Silas. Giving Bruno an extension, and then giving Bruno the starting nod over Sengun because KPJ needs a PnR/lob threat is both Stone and Silas. Stone viewing Nix as a lottery talent, and then Silas backing that notion by having Nix ahead of TyTy and Christopher in the rotation is another example. I can go on and on. Silas and Stone are on the same page; they are intertwined — which is why I think Stone deserves some criticism as well. I mean, he hired Silas to begin with man.

    And we’re still TBD on Stone’s draft picks. We can’t say it’s dumb to write-off rookies before their first contract is up, and simultaneously give Stone credit for Garuba, Sengun, Green, and Eason. You can’t have it both ways. They are all still TBD.

    Green > Mobley/Scottie is still TBD
    Jabari > Ivey, Mathurin, Murray, Sharpe is still TBD
     
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