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Great little tear jerker from Jerome Solomon on Chron.com
Makayla Henson was excited at the prospect of seeing a Houston Rocket.
Not just any Rocket. Her favorite — Chuck Hayes.
On Friday, she waited for him around the lobby on the 12th floor of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital as long as she could before tiring. Plus, it was time to get her bandages changed.
A week and a half after being burned in a frightful accident, Makayla isn’t yet back to full strength, but she wanted to be up to see someone she had seen only on TV.
Forced to return to her room, she was deflated. The tough kid has been having some tough days of late.
But her tears quickly dried up a little later when the hulking Rocket dipped his head and walked into her room along with team CEO Tad Brown.
It was a special visit. Read the rest of this entry →
For those wondering, this picture was taken for me because I couldn’t make the trip to Houston for the first round of the playoffs. Thanks Mig! (You too can visit Clutchfans to find great people like I did)
I will make this into a wallpaper when I get some free time to update the site so that everyone can share
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)
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“No problem,” Hayes said. “I’m fine. I’ll be ready for practice in the morning.”
First of all, if anyone wants to follow the Rockets, more than just Chuck, I suggest heading over to Clutchfans.net and signing up. It’s a great site for information and discussion.
Thanks to Clutch and Jeff (crew at Clutchfans) there have been some great reports and interviews from Rockets training camp. Here’s some pictures:
Chuck and some of the other NBA players from the charity game were with Yao at the opening of his new 24 Hour Fitness in Bejing. Thanks to Pryuen at Clutchfans for the links to the pics.