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Houston Rockets' Jalen Green blasts city of Detroit, compares it to 'G League bubble'

Detroit Free Press 16 August, 2021 - 03:30pm

Hey, Jalen Green, when you come to Little Caesars Arena: Prepared to be booed. A lot.

The No. 2 pick in the NBA draft three weeks ago by the Rockets ripped the city of Detroit in a story published Monday.

Green, 19, who worked out with both the Pistons and Rockets in each city prior to the July 29 draft, where the Pistons took Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick, said he "didn't want to be in Detroit," and compared the city to "the G League bubble."

"I wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but as for the location, I didn't want to be in Detroit," Green told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. "I felt a lot more comfortable in Houston. It felt like a real homie environment. With Detroit, it felt like I was just going back to the G League bubble, and I just got out of the bubble. That's pretty much what it was.

This is hilariously ignorant. And yet, it's sad to see another outsider rip a city on the come up that clearly has much to offer.

The comments are quite the turn from less than one month prior, when Green told GQ, "I want to live in Detroit."

Green averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, two assists and 2.3 turnovers in 24.1 minutes, shooting 51.4% and 52.6% on 3-pointers (10-for-19) in three games in the Vegas Summer League, including a 111-91 win over the Pistons — though Cunningham may have won the night.

Cunningham in three games averaged 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.3 blocks and four turnovers, shooting 42.9% overall and 50% on 3s (13-for-26) over 27.7 minutes per game.

Houston Rockets' Jalen Green blasts city of Detroit, compares it to 'G League bubble'

PistonPowered 16 August, 2021 - 03:30pm

Hey, Jalen Green, when you come to Little Caesars Arena: Prepared to be booed. A lot.

The No. 2 pick in the NBA draft three weeks ago by the Rockets ripped the city of Detroit in a story published Monday.

Green, 19, who worked out with both the Pistons and Rockets in each city prior to the July 29 draft, where the Pistons took Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick, said he "didn't want to be in Detroit," and compared the city to "the G League bubble."

"I wanted to be the No. 1 pick, but as for the location, I didn't want to be in Detroit," Green told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. "I felt a lot more comfortable in Houston. It felt like a real homie environment. With Detroit, it felt like I was just going back to the G League bubble, and I just got out of the bubble. That's pretty much what it was.

This is hilariously ignorant. And yet, it's sad to see another outsider rip a city on the come up that clearly has much to offer.

The comments are quite the turn from less than one month prior, when Green told GQ, "I want to live in Detroit."

Green averaged 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, two assists and 2.3 turnovers in 24.1 minutes, shooting 51.4% and 52.6% on 3-pointers (10-for-19) in three games in the Vegas Summer League, including a 111-91 win over the Pistons — though Cunningham may have won the night.

Cunningham in three games averaged 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.3 blocks and four turnovers, shooting 42.9% overall and 50% on 3s (13-for-26) over 27.7 minutes per game.

Red Light - Rockets fall to Magic

The Dream Shake 15 August, 2021 - 11:07pm

The Rockets and the Magic were without the 2nd and 5th pick in this year’s draft, respectively. Both Jalen Green, and Jalen Suggs have had good Summer League outings, and both are now missing games, mostly as a precaution for minor injuries.

The Rockets, however, didn’t appear to build their Summer League team with anything other than “Get the first rounders and our likely back of the roster guys on the court.” in mind.

The Magic seem a bit more complete. They had some guards, and moreover seemed to be content to send a parade of large, reasonably competent, old-style bigs rumbling down the lane, to bumble into defenders and shoot FTs. They must really miss Vooch.

On the Rockets side, Jalen Green, Khyri Thomas, Armoni Brooks, weren’t available, and the team therefore lacked any coherent guard play. Josh Christopher may be called a guard, but aside from an adequate handle, he doesn’t play much like one, in terms of facilitating, or shooting. His judgment isn’t that of a point guard, and his play as one really makes one appreciate Eric Gordon’s smooth and canny abilities as a primary ballhandler.

The Rockets no doubt noticed this problem in their blowout loss to the Raptors and thus brought in Tremont Waters, the 2020 GLeague Rookie of The Year, no less. Their attempt to establish some guard play wasn’t... entirely successful.

Waters looked like they pulled him in from a family picnic, where he’d been drinking margaritas and eating BBQ chicken all day.

So if you imagine this same picnicking GLeague player, having no experience with the team whatsoever, and moreover appearing in town less than 48 hours ago (I presume) and what that might look like - you’d likely be correct.

The Rockets turned the ball over 23 times in 40 game minutes of action. Waters had five, and Christopher seven. Christopher might be able to play a plausible off guard someday, but today is not that day. At present he’s basically an on ball defender who has a long way to go towards making his elite defense and athletic ability worthwhile in the NBA.

We’ll see if the Rockets can’t get things a bit more together for their VSL “playoff” game. Waters showed flashes of being a point guard. If the Rockets could combine point guard play with some sort of plan to not have Alperen Sengun attack the basket off a dribble handoff at the 3pt line, things could look better.

That said, Goon Squad still had 13 points on 5-10 shooting, 10 rebounds (5 offensive) 3 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks.

There’s not a lot more to say, other than Usman Garuba looked more lively than his first outing, but still not the player he was in Spain. He nonetheless recorded 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. He’s really strong and solid, physically, for a 19 year old.

The very young Rockets will take on the very old (ANCIENT for VSL) Portland Trailblazers next.

32 year old Michael Beasley is on the Trailblazers Vegas squad. (Along with Kenneth Faried, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Jordon Crawford, all well past 30). To put this Blazer try out team in some context, Beasley was in the 2008 NBA draft, where he went 2nd, after Derrick Rose. Other players in that draft include Russell Westbrook, the Lopii, Eric Gordon, Nic Batum, Kevin Love, D’Andre Jordan, and a few more who are still knocking around the NBA, and many more who are long gone.

The Rockets first round picks would have been five to seven years old in 2008.

The game is Tuesday at 4pm CST on NBAtv. It’s likely Beasley has significantly more NBA minutes than the entire Rockets VSL team, but I haven’t looked it up.

Red Light - Rockets fall to Magic

Piston Powered 15 August, 2021 - 11:07pm

The Rockets and the Magic were without the 2nd and 5th pick in this year’s draft, respectively. Both Jalen Green, and Jalen Suggs have had good Summer League outings, and both are now missing games, mostly as a precaution for minor injuries.

The Rockets, however, didn’t appear to build their Summer League team with anything other than “Get the first rounders and our likely back of the roster guys on the court.” in mind.

The Magic seem a bit more complete. They had some guards, and moreover seemed to be content to send a parade of large, reasonably competent, old-style bigs rumbling down the lane, to bumble into defenders and shoot FTs. They must really miss Vooch.

On the Rockets side, Jalen Green, Khyri Thomas, Armoni Brooks, weren’t available, and the team therefore lacked any coherent guard play. Josh Christopher may be called a guard, but aside from an adequate handle, he doesn’t play much like one, in terms of facilitating, or shooting. His judgment isn’t that of a point guard, and his play as one really makes one appreciate Eric Gordon’s smooth and canny abilities as a primary ballhandler.

The Rockets no doubt noticed this problem in their blowout loss to the Raptors and thus brought in Tremont Waters, the 2020 GLeague Rookie of The Year, no less. Their attempt to establish some guard play wasn’t... entirely successful.

Waters looked like they pulled him in from a family picnic, where he’d been drinking margaritas and eating BBQ chicken all day.

So if you imagine this same picnicking GLeague player, having no experience with the team whatsoever, and moreover appearing in town less than 48 hours ago (I presume) and what that might look like - you’d likely be correct.

The Rockets turned the ball over 23 times in 40 game minutes of action. Waters had five, and Christopher seven. Christopher might be able to play a plausible off guard someday, but today is not that day. At present he’s basically an on ball defender who has a long way to go towards making his elite defense and athletic ability worthwhile in the NBA.

We’ll see if the Rockets can’t get things a bit more together for their VSL “playoff” game. Waters showed flashes of being a point guard. If the Rockets could combine point guard play with some sort of plan to not have Alperen Sengun attack the basket off a dribble handoff at the 3pt line, things could look better.

That said, Goon Squad still had 13 points on 5-10 shooting, 10 rebounds (5 offensive) 3 assists, 1 steal and 3 blocks.

There’s not a lot more to say, other than Usman Garuba looked more lively than his first outing, but still not the player he was in Spain. He nonetheless recorded 8 rebounds in 17 minutes. He’s really strong and solid, physically, for a 19 year old.

The very young Rockets will take on the very old (ANCIENT for VSL) Portland Trailblazers next.

32 year old Michael Beasley is on the Trailblazers Vegas squad. (Along with Kenneth Faried, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Jordon Crawford, all well past 30). To put this Blazer try out team in some context, Beasley was in the 2008 NBA draft, where he went 2nd, after Derrick Rose. Other players in that draft include Russell Westbrook, the Lopii, Eric Gordon, Nic Batum, Kevin Love, D’Andre Jordan, and a few more who are still knocking around the NBA, and many more who are long gone.

The Rockets first round picks would have been five to seven years old in 2008.

The game is Tuesday at 4pm CST on NBAtv. It’s likely Beasley has significantly more NBA minutes than the entire Rockets VSL team, but I haven’t looked it up.

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