Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  24 responses

Adelman to Rockets: Stop ignoring Yao

Advice like this is why he gets paid the big bucks: ““It’s a fine line,” Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. “It’s a combination of guys understanding we have to change sides, we have to move the ball so everybody has an opportunity, plus Yao has an opportunity to get it back. I just don’t think we did that. I thought we gave up on him and never came back to him. But there’s no doubt we have enough people to score to win games. Once you start scoring, it’s going to open up for him…We weren’t looking,” Adelman said. “We didn’t have the patience to look inside. It’s not going to work if you do that. When they want to front him and do all that, then it opens it up for everybody else.”

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  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    or maybe the Blazers just did a good job.

  • Coach Master

    Agree with coach. Too many outside shots for Rockets.

  • sixersforlife_85

    Yao is one player in this league that I just cannot imagine in another NBA uniform. Even Milwaukees. Strange.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    This is where Yao and Dwight need to borrow a page from Shaq’s book. ‘Gimme the effing rock’ is what they need to say. Go public with it. Put pressure on your guys to dump it down low. And then back it up.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Yao could probably stand to be more demostrative when he wants the ball. But its Adelman’s job to get this messgae across DURING the game, not in the press afterwards.

  • Rome

    Its simple if the perinmeter guys want Yao to back them on D, then give the big guy the ball on offense…but yeah he needs to come out with it..maybe he dont want the ball..

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    he wants it, but no one understand wtf the doods saying.

  • niQ

    now that the blazers know the stratgey… good job coach, now yao will NEVER get the ball. ahaahhaha

  • niQ

    and “nate the great” that was uncalled for.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    ciolkstar, exactly, sometimes i wonder why it goes on for a whole game, you’d think he’d bring it up during a timeout…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Gerard, the blazers sandwiched him in the first half, the second half it was mostly one on one coverage and the rockets just got away from him, using him more to set picks…

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton


  • trey belmore

    once yao learns english, and not just enough to do a t-moblie commercial, he will be more of a force inside. He just needs to learn a few key words and phrases like…. “BALL!” and “RONNIE pass the ball, and stop shooting 3′s and foul somebody”

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Yao knows how to speak English. I just think its not in his nature to really demand the ball. He (or Adelman)should definitely bring it up during a timeout or at the half if he doesn’t want to call for the rock on the floor. But some credit is due to Portland, they did a nice job of doubling and just generally make it tough to get the ball inside. Whatever the reason, 6 shots is unacceptable.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ trey belmore: Yao DOES know how to speak English. And Ron Artest isn’t the one who doesn’t pass to Yao.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ nate the great: Not funny. You’re an idiot.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ RV: Even when they sandwich him or front him, they can throw the lob over Pryzzy. Yao is way taller than both of them, and can pretty much shoot right over Oden and/or dunk it in his face (which he did during the regular season). I like all the guards on the Rockets, but they’re sometimes scared to pass the ball into him.
    Seriously, a few successful lobs into Yao and the Blazers are back to the drawing board, and the Rockets have them for the game.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh yeah, and co-sign Z 10:21 am.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Teddy, not when they sandwich him in the post, i’m not talking about a help defender just dropping down to bother yao, i mean blake literally fronted Yao as if that was his man, while Przybilla set up right behind yao. You can’t risk throwing into that mess, even if Yao manages to catch it, he has no room to to do anything..

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    no, im pretty sure they dont.. i play with a asian, his name is charles, iv known him for about 10 years, and when we play ball, i dont know wtf he is saying, its just the truth, i like yao, but im honest.
    and if you cant take that, than thats fine.
    but i mean even trey belmore agrees.
    this is why i dont think rubio will be a great leader right away. he has all the skills to do great (same with yao) but its out of their nature to lead a team if they dont know how to speak up, or if its out of their language, it would be different if he could speak chinnese. i saw him in the olympics he was a speaking leader.
    just face the facts teddy, i believe your the idiot.

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    and thats why im sure tracy was the leader, is because im sure in timeouts, it woulda been hella hard for yao to be controlling the team, so tracy had too.
    this isnt a video game, this is life.
    name a team that has a foriegn leader? like a captain leader?

  • that dude

    doesn’t look like you can speak (or at least write) english either nate

  • chintao

    Well, since somebody brought T-Mac into it, I thought that I’d show a little something from the Houston Chronicle’s Richard Justice:
    Tracy McGrady is fascinating only because he believes every topic on the planet is somehow connected to, well, Tracy McGrady.

    Say, Tracy, how about the flooding in Fargo?

    “I didn’t get to be a global icon by ignoring the suffering of others,” he might say.

    There’s another quote, too, but it fits better under the thread about T-Mac picking the Lakers to win and not mentioning his own team.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Yao’s never going to be a volume scorer. Only a handful of times does he get enough touches to do big numbers when the team around him realizes he’s the best option, best %. But agreed he needs the spacing most times as its a shot nobody is going to block, but bumps non stop in the paint will get to Yao eventually to stop his hook shots, tips, et al.
    And I do believe that was a lead in ?
    about asking Tracy specifically “Who’s going to win the title (of the frontrunners in both conferences) Lakers or Cavs” He def. wasn’t given an opportunity to tie it back into Houston at all, no ?’s even written up about how he thinks his team is doing without him, how far they can go, etc. since that was more of a casual broadcast, not Houston area locally, right? Just overblown.