Author Archives: Jeff Balke

November 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Lin and Yang: Why Choose One Point Guard When You Can Have Two?

As fans debate over who should start at point guard — Jeremy Lin or Patrick Beverley — Jeff says the Rockets will be fine with a heavy dose of both. Continue reading

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November 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Conspiracy Theories Be Damned – Just Enjoy The Game

With national media railing on Dwight Howard and local Rockets fans speculating on the locker room and Jeremy Lin, Jeff says let’s relax and watch this team grow Continue reading

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November 19, 2010 at 10:07 am

Don’t Blame Me, I Didn’t Vote For Yao

“Don’t blame me, I voted for ” is a common phrase uttered after elections to describe a feeling of helplessness at your candidate not being elected. You might similarly bring it out when the elected official does something particularly stupid. Continue reading

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November 12, 2010 at 10:10 am

The Undiscovered Country: Five Rockets Who Came Out of Nowhere

With the emergence of undrafted rookie point guard Ish Smith, it got me to thinking about other players who appeared, it seemed, out of thin air to impact the Rockets and there have been quite a few. Hell, I even wrote about how good Rudy T was at cultivating players sprung from obscurity a while back. Continue reading

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November 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm

You Spin Me Right Round, Baby: Why Poor Defensive Rotations are Killing the Rockets

We’ve all been spoiled. During the Rudy Tomjanovich era, the Rockets didn’t have the best athletes or even the best one-on-one defenders (a certain center excepted), but they played lock down defense. When Jeff Van Gundy manned the ship, the team had an odd mix of players, none of whom were particularly big (another center excepted) or overly athletic, yet they were consistently one of the best defensive teams in the NBA. Continue reading

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