1. Welcome! Please take a few seconds to create your free account to post threads, make some friends, remove a few ads while surfing and much more. ClutchFans has been bringing fans together to talk Houston Sports since 1996. Join us!

[Rockets.com] McHale explains why Jones didn't play

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by NL Rocket, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. TripleSeven

    TripleSeven Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2012
    Messages:
    221
    Likes Received:
    15
    This makes more sense to me than him sitting for disciplinary reasons... There's no reason why the head coach would shy away from saying a player was late etc. If a trade is in the works, hopefully the decision to not play Jones was an opportunity to showcase Morris.
     
  2. Diablo

    Diablo Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2012
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    1
    If Morey is pushing to get Morris playing time in order to trade him, I think its safe to say that it will backfire if he continues to start.
     
  3. ROXTXIA

    ROXTXIA Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2000
    Messages:
    20,099
    Likes Received:
    11,810
    Now that we're trying to win rather than lose, I (and others) thought about the trade idea when none of the rooks played.

    But....ah, who knows.

    I guess if Atlanta doesn't play Al Horford or JSmoove tonight and we still don't play the rooks, we'll know. ;)
     
  4. kuku

    kuku Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2012
    Messages:
    2,158
    Likes Received:
    125
    If anyone watched any serious amount of preseason games, you will come to the conclusion: Lamb is not NBA ready!

    I don't expect he will play any substantial amount of minutes as a Thunder this year. I am really glad Morey gave up Lamb instead of DMo.
    Based on our preseason, this is how I rank our rookies in NBA readiness:
    1. Jones
    2. DMo
    3. White/Lamb

    Talent wise, based on our preseason:
    1. DMo
    2. White/Lamb
    3. Jones

    If Morris was getting "dominated," Jone would get "killed." Go back and watch the Magic preseason game, the last time Jones played. Jones played the first few minutes and never returned for the rest of the game, Jones will not do well defensively against the bulky 4's!

    I believe it was for defensive reason that McHale played Morris over Jones. I was once very vocal against McHale as a coach (Lowry and Bulinger and his negativities), but after watching the preseason, I believe Rockets have the right coach under the circumstances.

    His overall coaching strategies are in the right direction. McHale is not in any way perfect, and he will make some mistakes along the way and we really should cut him some slack like we do with our rookies.
     
  5. Easy

    Easy Boban Only Fan
    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2002
    Messages:
    35,438
    Likes Received:
    24,601
    First off, I am not one who say "Fire McHale." But I am with Clutch and others who think that starting Morris and not playing Jones (together with Smith's minutes alongside Asik) was strange.

    These are the excuses people have thrown around:

    1. It's a matter of policy for McHale not to play rookies in season opener.

    First, that policy makes little sense. Second, Morris played 4 minutes in last season's opener. Morris was a rookie.

    2. Seniority rules.

    Seniority for seniority's sake makes no sense. Morris played a total of 126 NBA minutes last season. Most of it was garbage time. 126 minutes of experience trumps current performance? I said it in another thread. It's not like Morris was the incumbent rotation guy and you didn't want to mess up the chemistry. What is the benefit of playing him?

    3. He did well in practice.

    How do we know? The only performance we could see was some training camp footage and preseason. Nothing indicated that he was so outstanding. Some people say that he did well early on but got injured. Well, exactly. He got injured and now he's behind getting back in form. He's rusty. So why was he played over the other guys who were not rusty?

    4. We needed a face up 4 who could spread the floor.

    But why was Smith played alongside Asik when Morris was pulled for his poor performance?

    The puzzling thing is not that Morris didn't deserve PT. He probably did. What's strange was that Jones who did so well in camp and in preseason did not even got on the floor, especially when Morris was not playing well and both Patterson and Smith were injured. Clutch's speculation makes more sense than any of the other excuses in my opinion.
     
  6. kmav23

    kmav23 Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2010
    Messages:
    1,690
    Likes Received:
    55
    Jones is a nba starter already as a rookie his that good

    never trade him
     
  7. kmav23

    kmav23 Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2010
    Messages:
    1,690
    Likes Received:
    55
    very sloppy both sides
     
  8. txppratt

    txppratt Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2006
    Messages:
    2,984
    Likes Received:
    296
    we are trying to showcase morris for another team
     
  9. Naija Texan

    Naija Texan Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2009
    Messages:
    3,043
    Likes Received:
    55
    Obviously McHale just doesn't trust playing rookies in games he thinks he can win unless they've impressed him or someone really drops the ball.

    Either way, Morris showed some of why he was drafted tonight being the only other player besides Lin and Harden to score to score in double digits. Jones and Motiejunas will get their shots down the line but it isn't like we HAVE to play them or they were top five picks expected to start.
     

Share This Page

  • About ClutchFans

    Since 1996, ClutchFans has been loud and proud covering the Houston Rockets, helping set an industry standard for team fan sites. The forums have been a home for Houston sports fans as well as basketball fanatics around the globe.

  • Support ClutchFans!

    If you find that ClutchFans is a valuable resource for you, please consider becoming a Supporting Member. Supporting Members can upload photos and attachments directly to their posts, customize their user title and more. Gold Supporters see zero ads!


    Upgrade Now