Sunday, January 18, 2009

Yao is perfect

It's time for a positive post and Yao Ming's performance last night - and in fact, all season - deserves every word. Despite a collapsing defense and being double and triple-teamed on virtually every possession, Yao shot a perfect 12-for-12 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 13 point win over the Miami Heat.

The game was Yao's 21st double-double of the season. He has been a rock in the rotation all year and a stabilizing influence in the locker room. Some might argue that Dwight Howard of Orlando is the best center in the game, and both his individual stats and team record would reinforce that argument. But with all the injuries and drama surrounding the Rockets, it's time to give credit where credit is due to the big guy. Yao Ming is the glue that has held things together and earned his team a .610 winning record and fifth place in the Western Conference.

Hang in there Yao. The reinforcements are coming.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Prophesy

Apparently Rick Adelman read my last post. Tracy has been put on hold for two weeks according to the press release, but sources say it will be for as long as it takes for him to play at full speed. Adelman must be tired of the revolving door that T-Mac is causing. They've pretty much told McGrady to get in shape and learn to deal with the pain.

I hear calls to trade Tracy, but that is extremely unlikely. What team would absorb his current contract of $20 mil for two more years?

Friday, January 02, 2009

The time has come

It's time for T-Mac to sit or go. He has earned zero playing time this year. Is it the knee injury? They are hard to overcome and take time to completely heal. Maybe more time than the Rockets have allowed.

Is he jealous of the other stars the Rockets have accumulated? Tracy has proven mostly well-rounded and unselfish in his tenure in Houston, averaging in the mid twenties in scoring with a half dozen each of rebounds and assists. But does Artest push his buttons?

Is he just used up? He came to the pros straight out of high school so he has not yet reached his thirtieth birthday, but has played 11 1/2 seasons in the NBA. That's a lot of strain on a body, especially when he was the focus of his team most of those years.

The answer to each of the above questions is: I don't care. He is not producing. Rick Adelman owes it to the team to give someone else his minutes so that they can establish a rotation on which they can depend. This team can never establish a groove when their lineup changes every night, especially when Tracy just mails in his performance as he did tonight against the Raptors.

Tracy had a good run with the Rockets, but he is a player that relies heavily on his athleticism and it seems to have left him. The coach needs to sit him down until it returns.