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November 8, 2008 in Injuries
Chuck played some incredible man to man defense in the second half of the Portland game on Aldridge (his help defense was pretty good too) The shoulder injury wasn’t enough to keep him out though.
On his shoulder
Rockets forward Chuck Hayes returned to the Rockets rotation on Friday, a day after his left shoulder briefly popped out of the socket as he picked up his sixth foul defending LaMarcus Aldridge.
Hayes has had problems with that shoulder since playing high school football and suffered the same injury during a training camp practice when reaching in to defend Joey Dorsey.
“When I retire and get old, I’m pretty sure there is going to be a lot of pain,” Hayes said. “I’ve had this since I was 16. It’s not really an injury. It’s just wear and tear, I guess.
“It doesn’t hurt so much when it pops out. When it pops back in, it really hurts. I drop my shoulder, and it goes back in. It will sting for a few hours, but then I do the exercises and get the treatment and it will be fine.”
September 19, 2008 in Injuries
Chuck Hayes has been back at the Toyota Center practice facility taking part in non-contact drills since last week. Today, the Rockets’ power forward was fitted for a facemask to protect the broken nose he suffered on August 28th. He’ll have to wear the Rip Hamilton Shnozeroo for an indefinite period of time once he returns to full-contact situations.
Thanks to Jason for the update!
Here’s an interview with Anna-Megan of the Houston Chronicle after the game where Chuck was elbowed in the eye by Tim Duncan.
More updates from those at “Camp Adelman”
Thanks again to Clutch for the updates and the mentioning the site to Chuck!
Here are some more pictures from camp also taken by Clutch.
Chuck Hayes shook off a bruise to the top of his left foot and was back on the floor Friday morning. He also stayed on the floor late, working on his free throw shooting. His form has changed slightly. He’s standing more upright rather than leaning across the foul line. But he’s still got that hitch at the top.
“He’s shooting them pretty good in practice,” said Adelman. “The next thing is to get that to carry into the games.”
A career .627 free throw shooter, Hayes has been working with director of player development Kenny Atkinson.
“He’s helping me trust my legs,” Hayes said. “Over the summer, he had me shooting with just one hand. Now I’ve got my other hand on the side of the ball.
“It’s all about making it a repetitive thing. And I have to work on running up and down the court, getting banged and being tired and then go and make them, like I’ll have to do in games.”
I’m from central Cal. and watched Chuck Hayes play at Modesto Christian, followed him at Kentucky, and onto the Rockets. I’m a big fan and admittedly a little biased. I realize he’s undersized, and limited offensively. However, I also feel that numbers such as rebounding rate, and winning percentage don’t. It’s a statistical fact that he improves teams when he’s on the floor. Do you think Adelman will take this into consideration when picking starters and/or allowing playing time?
(Any coach would be able to look past the things that Chuck does not do well to see all that he brings. My first impression when I got in the gym Tuesday and Wednesday was how good a player he is. A lot of the people that I have talked to that have watched all of the practices were talking, as usual, about Chuck. — Jonathan)
(One of the guys yesterday was raving that when Hayes gets on the court, his team immediately starts pulling away. Today, there was a lot of talk about his passing. I’ll have more later in the week. — Jonathan)
(Chuck Hayes looked great. Justin Reed did some good things both days. Battier had a very strong drive and James hit a few tough jumpers yesterday. By the time we got in the room today, Francis and McGrady were done, and guys were tiring. — Jonathan)
(Hard so say. In some ways, Hayes excels. He fights well for position, is an outstanding pick-and-roll defender and when trapping on high screens. Opponents can shoot over him when they get low position, but that’s tough to do. At their best, I’d say McGrady is a good answer, but it depends on how much weight you place on consistently being their best. — Jonathan)
(I wouldn’t expect anything from Chuck’s jumper, but as much as I believe Shane in underappreciated, Hayes is by far the most underrated player by Rockets fans. — Jonathan)
Chuck Hayes expected to have a sore left shoulder after an evening of banging with Clippers star forward Elton Brand. He was actually wrong.
Hayes said Wednesday night that his injured left shoulder felt surprisingly good after defending Brand.
“It held up good,” Hayes said. “It still might end up feeling a little sore, but it feels good right now.”
The Rockets forward missed the final three quarters against Milwaukee after straining the shoulder. He had an ice pack over his left shoulder after Wednesday’s game.