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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:13 am
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On Rick Adelman's post game comments that he had to demand his team mates to pass him the ball, here are Yao Ming's response:

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http://rockets.basketball.titan24.com/0 ... 95798.html

  • He said he understood why Rick Adelman brought that out. He said: "It could be Coach Adelman thought that my shots attempts and score in the first 3 quarters were too low. I know what he meant. It is because I can score stably, and by having the ball, I can also help to create space and scoring opportunities for my team mates, and help to make my team mates more aggressive. Therefore, he wanted me to have the ball more."
  • But when asked whether he will yell out loud on the court: "Give me the ball....damn it !!", he quipped: "It sounds like the playing style of somebody I know. Somebody. But that is not my style. Well, sometimes I would also be put into that kind of situation, and I also demand the ball from my team mates. I know my own strength and power in the low post, and I know what I can do. Coach Adelman is absolutely right. And in fact, I have started to demand the ball in 4th quarter."
  • When asked why he thought that demanding the ball was out of his character and playing style, he said: "As a matter of fact, demanding the ball from my team mates is not that difficult a thing to do. I will tell my team mates: Give me the ball, give me the ball. I think I will start to do that in our next game with the Minnesota Timberwolves."


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 1:34 am
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MORE on Big Yao's response.

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http://blogs.chron.com/franblinebury/20 ... s_106.html

The Biiiiiitch Is Back

March 19, 2009

Can't you just see Yao Ming taking the floor one night wearing big glasses, a garish suit and platform shoes?

Can't you just see him stepping into the spotlight, grabbing the microphone and making it all entirely about him?

Sir Elton, meet Sir Yao.

And that would be Coach Rick Adelman sitting in the front row holding up his lighter and screaming for an encore.

When Yao takes 22 shots in a game, Adelman wants 23 and 24. When Yao scores 31 points in a game, Adelman wants 32 and 33.

Trouble is, Yao is often like the band that wants to play a few songs from the new album. And the audience only wants to hear the greatest hits.

There were a lot of different reasons why the Rockets ended up in mud wrestling match with the Pistons - poor defensive rebounding and a general malaise, to name a few.

But when Yao scored the last 7 Rockets points of regulation time and it came down to the final 54 seconds with a chance to win, it was all about the things Yao didn't do.

That is, biiiiitch and moan for the ball.

Yao passively watched Aaron Brooks dribble and then Luis Scola put up a 19-foot jumper. He watched Ron Artest get the rebound and then saw Scola try to make a move to the hoop and have the ball stolen by Antonio McDyess.


"I can biiiitch, I can biiiitch." That's what Elton would have sung.

And that's what Hakeem Olajuwon would have done in the same situation.

"He's got to demand the ball," said Adelman. "That one possession there at the end of the game - he's just got to go to the post and you tell them to bring it to me.

"He's slipping around, playing pick and roll. We just scored like six times in a row. He's just got to demand the ball.

"If they front him and they take it away and then we go to something else. But until they stop him, we have got to run it through him every time.

"He's got that mentality that he's trying to fit in and sometimes he's just got to take control. I just think it's something he's got to continue to work on. If they're going to let us run 1-on-1s, then he's got a huge advantage."


You approach the dilemma from a professorial standpoint of X's and O's and different options. Or you can think back to the days when Hakeem was roaming the middle for the Rockets and Sam Cassell's ears were frequently burning.

Now the Rockets have a pair of young point guards running the offense and it would seem to be time for some old-fashioned tough love for Brooks and Kyle Lowry.

It's seven years in and the cultural barriers should be long worn down, preferably trampled by Yao enroute to stomping his way through the league.

"I need to be more aggressive, I guess," he said. "That's not me. I'm in this situation before. Ask for the ball, ask for the ball, ask for the ball.

"He's right, in the fourth quarter, I scored the last seven points and the overtime I scored the first two possessions and then I disappear. I need to do more for the team."


Actually, the criticism is that Yao needs to do more for himself and that, in turn, will do more for the team. If Yao is demanding the ball, especially at the end of games, there will be fewer chances for Ron Ron to go rogue and jack up those hackle-raising treys. There will be fewer times when guys like Scola will feel pressured to do more than they should with the clock running down.

There were more than a few nights back in the old days when Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were ready to grab Cassell by his neck and wring it in order to get the ball.

"I don't have Hakeem's speed. I don't have his moves," Yao said.

And he doesn't have is Hakeem's swagger and the regal arrogance to treat the point guards like his minions.


"I'll walk them to the sideline and say it behind the scenes," Yao said. "I am not going to do it in front of everybody and say, 'Give me the damn ball.' I just don't want to do that right in front of everybody."

It is a difference in styles, a different in culture. Yao admits that every American coach he's played for has wanted him to milk his scoring ability. But he says back in China, it was all about spreading the ball around.

"It is like this water bottle," Yao told me, picking up a prop for his demonstration. "You don't want to use it all up right away."

I thought back to Hakeem and shook my head.

"No." I said. "They want you to be like a hose and just keep the water flowing."


Sir Elton/Yao laughed. I nodded.

Before the biiiitch comes back, first he's got to get here.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 2:28 am
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"I'll walk them to the sideline and say it behind the scenes," Yao said. "I am not going to do it in front of everybody and say, 'Give me the damn ball.' I just don't want to do that right in front of everybody."

It is a difference in styles, a different in culture. Yao admits that every American coach he's played for has wanted him to milk his scoring ability. But he says back in China, it was all about spreading the ball around.


The game is played on the floor, not on the sideline. He has to do whatever in order to get the message across, even if it means it's taken place in front of everyone. What a pu$$y!

This is NBA, and it's in the U.S, not in China anymore. If he wants to spread the ball around, then go play in the CBA. Mentally, I don't think he is ready. He has to understand he is the most powerful force on the team, so why use less powerful force in his teammates down the stretch by spreading the ball. Take easy on his opponent? What a dumb logic and excuse. Always say the right thing off the court as if he totally understood everything, but when it matters the most in a game, he doesn't understand anymore. Man, talk the talk, need to walk the walk. This shouldn't be an issue anymore. I wonder if Kobe, Lebron, Wade have this kind of issue on their teams.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:30 am
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LOL, Yao had one of the best games in his career and people are b1tching? wow, I'm shocked by the level of stupidity by some people. Professional writers too, but sports writers are the mental midgets of the literary world.

Yao played a great game last night and he won the game for the Rox. Can we like talk less negatively about the Chinese dude?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:46 am
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getting ball to Yao is A LOT easier said than done. If his teammates sees him down low with his man pinned, they'll get him the ball, but every opposing coach knows what the rockets want to do and simply front him, and then like yesterday, get a guy to move him closer to the 3 point line. It's dumb to get Yao the ball there.

The problem is that Yao is lean and not that hard to get around, compared to Shaq. Also, he doesn't have the foot speed of Olajuwon to keep his man behind him. You can get Olajuwon the ball at the 3 point line and he'll cross you up and get to the paint. Yao's post play is more of Tim Duncan/KG's variety BUT without the faceup driving game.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 6:55 am
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NYC Yao Fan in UMich wrote:
getting ball to Yao is A LOT easier said than done. If his teammates sees him down low with his man pinned, they'll get him the ball, but every opposing coach knows what the rockets want to do and simply front him, and then like yesterday, get a guy to move him closer to the 3 point line. It's dumb to get Yao the ball there.

The problem is that Yao is lean and not that hard to get around, compared to Shaq. Also, he doesn't have the foot speed of Olajuwon to keep his man behind him. You can get Olajuwon the ball at the 3 point line and he'll cross you up and get to the paint. Yao's post play is more of Tim Duncan/KG's variety BUT without the faceup driving game.


Good observation. Olajuwon and Ewing didn't have to face zone defenses. They could iso and they usually get the ball farther out from the basket.

When Yao posts, he's very deep in. I don't think even Shaq posts as deep.

Yao demanding the ball more will only result in him taking more jump shots (ala Ewing). That might not be a bad thing, but do you really want Yao out there to shoot medium range shots. We have enough people on our team for that.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:48 am
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Well fans, critics and coach are pretty demanding on Big Yao.

When he was in a disappearing act down the stretch, people dissed and bashed him for being soft.

But when he rose up to the occasion, carried the team on his shoulder, scored 17 points in the 4Q and the two over-times, the fans, critics and coach were still criticizing him not demanding the ball enough.


C'MON....at least give him a break on this game. He was still lying on his bed in hospital receiving antibiotics infusion to recover from his flu, dehydrated and could only eat fluid food on Tuesday. And today, his knees were still obviously feeble and you saw very few real hard low post actions from him even against scrub player like Kwame Brown, and had to rely on his hook shots and fadeaway jumpers. Luckily his shots were falling, or else he would become the biggest scrapegoat on the court.

And he played 45 minutes !!!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:05 am
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Malorkayel wrote:
LOL, Yao had one of the best games in his career and people are b1tching? wow, I'm shocked by the level of stupidity by some people. Professional writers too, but sports writers are the mental midgets of the literary world.

Yao played a great game last night and he won the game for the Rox. Can we like talk less negatively about the Chinese dude?

It's probably stupidity to you if you're one of those people satify with medicore. I call it a loser's mentality.

The truth is the Rockets haven't won anything and they are not going to win anything until Yao learns that 31/15 are nothing more than nice numbers. You gotta have the W behind it and sometimes that means demanding even more out of yourself even if you had had a great game. That's what separate the great players from the good one. The good ones are satisfy with what they have achieved and pat themselves on the back for a job well done. Just like Yao seemed to be satisfy with his little offensive outburst of 7 straight points. Unfortunately the other team was still in the game, Yao needed to push himself even harder to get the W and not just defer to his teammates. The NBA is very competitive with some great players. The mentally strong will survive the weak and gentle will go fishing early.

So if you satisfy with beating an under strength Pistons team on the 2nd game of a back to back then good for you. However I am sure Yao, most of his fans and Rockets fans want to see him achieve a little more than that. There's nothing wrong with fishing and an extended vacation but I am sure Yao didn't invest that much energy and effort just to have a early holiday every season. At some point of his career, he just has to be more demanding of himself and his teammates until they hold aloaf the Larry O'Brien throphy. That's what it's all about. It's not about winning a regular season game and being satisfy because you put up some decent numbers.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:47 am
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Tang Man wrote:
Malorkayel wrote:
LOL, Yao had one of the best games in his career and people are b1tching? wow, I'm shocked by the level of stupidity by some people. Professional writers too, but sports writers are the mental midgets of the literary world.

Yao played a great game last night and he won the game for the Rox. Can we like talk less negatively about the Chinese dude?

It's probably stupidity to you if you're one of those people satify with medicore. I call it a loser's mentality.

The truth is the Rockets haven't won anything and they are not going to win anything until Yao learns that 31/15 are nothing more than nice numbers. You gotta have the W behind it and sometimes that means demanding even more out of yourself even if you had had a great game. That's what separate the great players from the good one. The good ones are satisfy with what they have achieved and pat themselves on the back for a job well done. Just like Yao seemed to be satisfy with his little offensive outburst of 7 straight points. Unfortunately the other team was still in the game, Yao needed to push himself even harder to get the W and not just defer to his teammates. The NBA is very competitive with some great players. The mentally strong will survive the weak and gentle will go fishing early.

So if you satisfy with beating an under strength Pistons team on the 2nd game of a back to back then good for you. However I am sure Yao, most of his fans and Rockets fans want to see him achieve a little more than that. There's nothing wrong with fishing and an extended vacation but I am sure Yao didn't invest that much energy and effort just to have a early holiday every season. At some point of his career, he just has to be more demanding of himself and his teammates until they hold aloaf the Larry O'Brien throphy. That's what it's all about. It's not about winning a regular season game and being satisfy because you put up some decent numbers.


I watched the game last night, Yao was not the problem. So, I imagine some of you want to ride Yao's Chinese back to some kind of Asian racial entitlement/payback.

Yao demanded the ball fine. Dude was playing sick, he looked like crap. He also had one of the best games in his career, not just in stats.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:03 am
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31 points 15 rebounds are indeed nice stats, but what's wrong with having even more, especially if your opponent has no answer for you.


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