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[Chron] On the Post-Philly Streak
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February 9, 2008 in NBA 07-08 Season

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A speech from Chuck Hayes (44) helped spur the Rockets.

Rock bottom becomes launching point
Team meeting, 9-1 run follow day of infamy: a date with Philadelphia
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You can look at video and analyze stats. You can search for trends and try to read body language. You can point to this critical basket or that crucial stop.

There are probably a zillion ways to explain how an NBA season has gone from over-the-cliff to over-the-top, how the same team could turn from sinking rocks to soaring Rockets.

Yao Ming has one word: “Philadelphia.”

It was Jan. 15, the night the Rockets hit rock bottom. It was the night when the winless-in-2008 Sixers used a 37-point fourth quarter to sprint out of a 16-point second-half hole.

What should have been a comfortable win for the home team turned into an embarrassing 111-107 loss, leaving the Rockets just one game over the .500 mark. And a whack with a sledgehammer couldn’t have done more to get everyone’s attention.

“It was the bottom,” Yao said. “A sweep by Philadelphia? It’s unbelievable for me. The only thing I can remember being worse is the first year of the (Charlotte) Bobcats in the league and we were swept by them. It’s the same thing.”

But the Rockets have responded with a 9-1 record since then and might have saved their season.

“It was no more excuses after that game,” Yao said. “On a road trip (Dec. 10), we lost in Philadelphia. From my standpoint, we should never go and find an excuse for ourselves for losing. But obviously, you’re a human being. You’re going to say, ‘OK, it’s a road trip. When
they come to our house, we can beat them. We can give them payback.’

“Then they beat us again. It was a horrible feeling. It was really, really hitting us. I don’t need to say too much more. But the next 10 games, I think, already told people how we care.”

Following the sting of the home loss to the Sixers, the Rockets eschewed most of a regular practice to watch video of the flop and had a team meeting.

“Players, coach, everyone,” Yao said. “We were all thinking that the season is getting away if we do not start right now. It was Chuck (Hayes) who said (in the meeting), it’s about how we care about our careers. How we care about being professionals.

“Everybody started thinking about that. Chuck is the guy who spoke out. I don’t know I should tell you that. But it’s a good thing. It was from Chuck, a guy who does not do much talking. It meant something to hear those words from him.”

Sustaining focus

Hayes didn’t go into the meeting intending to have a “win one for the Gipper” moment. It just poured out of him.”I can’t remember exactly what I said,” Hayes said. “I don’t know if I was especially emotional. But there were a lot of emotions in that room.

“I just told everybody what was on my mind. I told them that we have to play like every game means something to us. Look, right now we’re nine games above .500, and we’re still barely in the last playoff spot. The Western Conference is hard. Nobody was going to give anything to us. We have to take it.”

During the winning streak, the Rockets have solidified their defense. They’re helping each other out more. They’ve been piling up 23.6 assists per game, pulling down 45.5 rebounds per game. Most important, they’ve been keeping their focus throughout games.

“That Philly game was the one when we really were in control and the way we lost it,” coach Rick Adelman said. “We had nine or 10 turnovers and I think five of them were post-entry passes. That’s just the relaxation and casualness about finishing the game off.

“It’s a game we should not have lost. People talk about New Orleans. But I don’t know if you can talk about that game, because they’ve beaten a lot of teams down the stretch and they’ve got the personnel. But we basically let Philadelphia back into the game, and we succumbed to it. I think it was a rude awakening to our guys when we lost that game. I think the team just has a tendency to relax and that game really showed it.”

A Philly flash point

What the last 10 games have shown is growth.”What the terminology is that’s working, I guess I would agree with it,” Adelman said. “But I don’t know why it would take so long. Everybody knew what the West was going to be like. This conference is tough. You might win 46 games and not be in the playoffs. We better realize that. No one is coming back to us. We have to go and catch them.”

Before they could do that, the Rockets had to catch themselves in free fall and pull the cord on the emergency chute. Now they’re learning to chin themselves over the bar.

“What I like about the team in the last couple of games is that we are playing strong during some minutes and not coming apart,” Yao said. “(Thursday) night in the first half, we got a lead and then they came back to one. Then in the third quarter, we came right back out strong and got a 10- or 12-point lead.

“We talked to each other, during timeouts, at any time in the game, when the play stopped. We talked to each other about defense, about making passes, about rebounding. We said we needed to pay attention. The game is not over yet. They will try to fight back. The game will not be easy. Over the last 10 games, they have not been easy, but we have won most.”

It’s a turnabout that can be traced to one game, one night, one word.

“Philadelphia,” Yao said.

The rallying cry for a season.

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January 31, 2008 in NBA 07-08 Season

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Players accept constantly revised starting lineups based on opponent

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This was not what Rick Adelman had planned, not anything he would have predicted. But it fits.

He has long preferred to come up with a group of starters and a rotation, usually not a deep one, and then stick with them. Through the first half of his first season coaching the Rockets, he went with that formula. In the four games since, he has changed his rotation on the fly, finishing with different groups in each game and making his first change to starters not forced by injury.

With that, he came up with a different formula, in which the only constant will be change.

“It’s just something you have to do,” Adelman said of his suddenly adjustable rotation. “The way the league is now, you have to (adjust). Some teams play conventional. Some teams, like (Tuesday) night (against Golden State) and the team we’re going to see on Friday (Indiana), you have to play small. You have to have active people on the floor because they have shooters everywhere. I just think it’s something we have to adjust to night in, night out. Fortunately, we do have some flexibility there.”

Most of the changes are at power forward where Luis Scola replaced Chuck Hayes in the starting lineup. Adelman has not decided on Friday’s starters, but with the Pacers’ low-post power forward Jermaine O’Neal out, he was “leaning” toward keeping Scola as a starter.

Go with the flow

Even beyond that switch, he has used Carl Landry and Scola as backup centers and Landry as a power forward. And in the past two games, he mixed in Steve Novak. In the backcourt, he has used Bonzi Wells and Luther Head as starters when Tracy McGrady has been out. Wells did not play at all in the fourth quarter Sunday, but he played on several possessions in the final minutes Tuesday.”I never expected not to play Chuck (Tuesday) night, but Luis got off to a nice start and Carl came in and played well, and they went completely small so I was more comfortable playing smaller people,” Adelman said. “I think the guys we have, we’re pretty flexible, especially with Luis getting more comfortable being out on the floor, guarding people. I think we can do it, depending on the game.”

For the Rockets’ power forwards especially, the rotating rotation requires they be ready and adaptable. Though he started Tuesday, Scola played his customary 25 minutes. In the past five games, his playing time has ranged from 40 minutes (in Sunday’s game when Yao Ming was out) to 22 minutes against San Antonio. Hayes’ playing time has ranged from 24 minutes to not at all. Hayes, Novak, Landry and Scola all have finished games.

“You have to be ready,” Scola said. “Teams are different. So many games, so many teams, you have to be ready for everything. Sometimes you need some kind of player, other times you need some other kind of players. There are games that are good for you, other games that are good for some other players. You just have to be mentally ready for every game and every moment of the game.

“We have power forwards that are very different. Everyone can give something the other guys can’t. We can use Steve when we need a really good shooter. We can use Carl when we need the five, or Chuck when we play a really good power forward for him to stop. That’s a really good thing. If you have the versatility on your roster, I think it’s good.”

Hayes the stopper

The defensive responsibilities seem to be the top indicator of who will play. With Scola no longer as foul-prone on the perimeter as he was early in the season, he has played against the shooting power forwards. When teams have high-scoring fours, such as Utah’s Carlos Boozer on Sunday or Seattle’s Kevin Durant on the final possession last week, Hayes has been the choice.That gives Hayes the unenviable task of playing only in the most difficult of circumstances, but he said anything that earns playing time is fine with him.

“As a competitor, you want to play, period, no matter who is out there,” Hayes said. “We play according to personnel, who they’ve got and how they play. Coach (Adelman) tries to match up. If he feels this five matches up best with that five, he’s going to play them.

“I just have to be ready.”

These days, a long list of teammates feel the same way.

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January 11, 2008 in D-League

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The NBA was the last place Chuck Hayes thought he would be after his most recent D-League game.

That was two years ago, and the Rockets forward hasn’t had to worry about the minor leagues since.

Players looking to make the same leap Hayes did have their chance to get noticed next week at the fourth annual D-League Showcase, being held Monday-Thursday in Boise, Idaho.

That was Hayes’ goal in 2006 while playing for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. He just didn’t think things had worked out as he planned, especially after a four-point performance against Austin in the showcase.

“We had two games, a back-to-back. First game, I played well, played really well,” Hayes said. “Second game I played terrible. Then the next day the Rockets called me up.

“And after the second game I was like, ‘Oh man, I’m never going to get my call-up.’ I was discouraged. I was like, ‘Man, I had my opportunity and I blew it the second game.’ But the next day we were traveling and my layover in Chicago, (Rockets trainer) Keith Jones called me up and told me to catch a flight to Houston and I’ve been here ever since.”

All 14 D-League teams will play two games in the event, with every game being televised by NBA TV. The NBA expects scouts or other personnel from nearly all of its teams to be at Qwest Arena.

“They love the showcase, they love the opportunity for players to be seen by their scouts,” NBA commissioner David Stern said. “The opportunity to have that kind of exposure causes a real high number of players to stay home in the D-League so they can be seen. And that’s causing our teams to evaluate their investments in the D-League in a positive way.”

Eleven players have been called up to the NBA this season, and somebody else can earn a shot with some strong play next week. Just ask Hayes, who has started every game this season for the Rockets.

“Just do what do well,” he said. “Play to your strengths, there’s a role for you. There’s a spot here for you.”

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November 29, 2007 in Former Teams

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From Kentucky to similar paths to NBA, Azubuike shares bond with Rockets forward

OAKLAND, CALIF. — Chuck Hayes and Kelenna Azubuike always knew what the NBA didn’t. They just had to convince each other.Both believe the other belonged in the NBA. But when the NBA was missing so badly, letting the Kentucky teammates go unselected through the 2005 draft, both also knew that the events of Thursday, when they finally played against one another in the NBA, would eventually come.

So Hayes and Azubuike did what they could to make it happen, encouraging one another through the doubts to become two of the most accomplished NBA Development League graduates ever and opponents Thursday night in Oracle Arena when the Rockets met the Warriors.

Both went from Kentucky to the D-League to Rockets training camp. Both were cut by the Rockets. But Hayes made it back three months later, became a starter and signed a four-year contract. He also became a role model for Azubuike, as he always had been.

“Me and Kelenna, we have a bond,” Hayes said. “I was his host when he came to Kentucky. I like to think I’m the one who got him there. When he got cut by the Rockets, he asked me, ‘Should I go overseas?’ I told him, ‘Man, you’re close. You’re right there. You’re knocking on the door. You just need the right system.’ He got called up. Next thing you know, he’s in the rotation and he’s here.

“Too bad I couldn’t get him to Houston, but he’s found a home here in the Bay Area, and I’m happy for him.”

Azubuike, who became the excess guard in the Rockets’ 2006 training camp after the late addition of Bonzi Wells, is flourishing in the Warriors’ high-speed style, averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. In the seven games when Stephen Jackson was suspended, he averaged 17.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting.

Just three seasons after no NBA team drafted him, he has the option to become a free agent next summer and could be a coveted acquisition once back on the market.

“No, he won’t get a cut,” Azubuike said of Hayes. “He’s not all the way responsible. But he helped me out.

“He was my host on the (recruiting) visit. He showed me a good time. He talked to me later about playing in the D-League. I guess it’s pretty accurate. He is responsible.”

It was not a surprise that Hayes, a 6-6 power forward who did not score, was not drafted. Azubuike was something of a surprise to be in the draft at all, leaving Kentucky early and then missing most of the draft workouts and camp with a groin injury.

“I was watching for him as well and I felt bad that he didn’t get drafted,” Hayes said. “I knew all he needed was an opportunity. He had to go through a couple teams, but he’s found stability here in Golden State.”

Said Azubuike: “They thought of him as undersized, but I knew he’d make it.”

It turned out both were right, at least about the other.

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[Chron] Hayes likes the Underdog Role
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November 13, 2007 in NBA 07-08 Season

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kyle Lowry, the Memphis Grizzlies’ blur of a point guard, caught Rockets rookie forward Carl Landry in a switch and immediately cleared out his teammates with designs of an unfettered flight to the rim.

On the opposite side of the floor, Rockets forward Chuck Hayes saw the impending trouble and moved into the lane toward Lowry. As expected, Lowry made his move and beat Landry, then saw Hayes coming over to stop him.

But Hayes had no intention of stopping anyone. Instead, he faked toward Lowry, and just as Lowry prepared to dish to a cutting teammate, Hayes backed off into the lane.

As he intercepted Lowry’s pass and the Rockets headed the other way, former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, scouting the preseason game last month for the Lakers, said in that familiar rumble: “That’s Chuck Hayes.”

With that, Hayes had received the greatest of compliments. Not only had he made a slick and heady play, preventing what would have been a rim-bending dunk, but no less an expert than Tomjanovich considered the play typical of him.

The scouts and coaches know. They marvel at the way Hayes is used as a rare power forward who is not only assigned to cover brutes like Emeka Okafor and Carlos Boozer, but to chase Dirk Nowitzki to the 3-point arc, battle Tim Duncan in the low block, and switch off on point guards as they come around screens.

Hayes clinched a playoff win over Utah last season when he stepped in front of Derek Fisher, drawing a charge with the game on the line. In this season’s matchup with the Jazz, Boozer took two shots against Hayes and missed both. When Hayes started on Nowitzki, the Mavericks star missed all four shots he took.

Regularly overlooked

But such moments, like the play on Lowry, are not what Hayes enjoys most. The power forwards he faces have their moments, too. That is inevitable.”It comes with the position,” Hayes said, particularly in a week like this, when he goes up against Okafor, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Duncan and Shawn Marion.

But having been overlooked and underestimated for so long, Hayes has come to cherish those moments when swift guards see that linebacker upper body and those chunky legs and expect to blow past him.

“I’ve always been considered an underdog,” Hayes said. “Even though I have achieved my goal and made it to this professional level, I’m still an underdog. I take it as a challenge.

“I notice when I switch off to a premier ballhandler, he tells everybody to clear out and tries to isolate me. But he finds out it’s a lot harder than he thinks. That’s a lot of fun.”

Hayes said he has accepted that he will always be overlooked.

“When I’m at home watching TV, I tend to watch whoever has the ball, too,” he said. “I don’t tend to watch the weak side and see what’s going on over the there. Basketball is entertainment. What I do sometimes is not the greatest entertainment. At the end of the game, it’s very much appreciated.

“There’s a whole lot of other things in the game of basketball besides scoring.”

His coaches, from Rick Adelman now to Jeff Van Gundy before him, rave about the things fans rarely discuss.

“They’re missing his help defense,” Adelman said. “They’re missing how many times he gets his hands on the ball, steals and strips. He just is always in the right spot. He understands what our game plan is, and he’s very quick.

“With him and Shane (Battier) on the floor, this team has two guys who do all those dirty things for you. They are always taking charges. They are always in position to help. But Chuck is really important.”

Earning floor time

Last season, the Rockets allowed teams an average of more than nine fewer points (per 100 possessions) with Hayes on the floor than when he was off. They actually scored slightly more with Hayes playing. So far this season, they are holding teams to 4.5 fewer points with Hayes playing.”He’s so strong, and he’s quick. You feel good about him,” Adelman said. “You want him on the floor.

“Obviously, he’s not a great offensive player, but he’s a better passer than we anticipated. Defensively and on the boards and with all the little things he does, he’s the real glue for this team.”

Still, when the Rockets traded for Luis Scola, Hayes was assumed certain to be replaced. That could happen eventually if Scola develops more of Hayes’ defensive and rebounding talents. For now, though, it’s just another chance for Hayes to be underestimated.

“I’ve heard that,” Hayes said. “I’ve seen an article or two here and there. That’s the life of an underdog. No matter if I did start in this league, went to the playoffs, did well, it’s not enough. Until I leave this profession, what I do won’t ever be enough. I understand that.”

He almost sounded as if he preferred it that way, even if Tomjanovich made it seem that the secret is out.

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On UK’s loss to Gardner-Webb
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November 9, 2007 in Former Teams

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‘It just looks bad,’ Hayes says of upset
EX-CAT RECALLS LIVING THROUGH LOSS IN LEXINGTON

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The loss to Gardner-Webb surprised former Kentucky star Chuck Hayes. When asked what he knew about Gardner-Webb before Wednesday, he said he would have thought it was a children’s book.

The Associated Press asked Hayes, now in his second season with the Houston Rockets, about the Kentucky loss. Here are highlights:

Question: How big a loss was it for Kentucky?

Answer: It’s really bad, because in March, when they stack up wins and losses and who you lost against, this one is bad. It’s a long season. But it just looks bad, man. If it could’ve been anybody else, I would’ve been fine with it. It just looks bad.

Q: Is it as bad as Appalachian State beating Michigan?

A: The only thing that makes the Michigan game a little bit worse than this one is Michigan was top-5. Still, the programs are the same. I’m going to make a phone call or two down to Lexington.

Q: How do you think the media up there will treat Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie?

A: I’m pretty sure his e-mail is pretty stacked up. I’m pretty sure the guys didn’t want to go to class today. When you lose in Lexington, it’s like the whole world is looking at you and pointing the finger at you like, “How could you? You don’t lose at Rupp.”

Q: What was your worst experience at Kentucky with a loss?

A: We lost to Louisville my junior year at Rupp. Me and a couple of guys went out to eat afterwards. The service was terrible. It went like an hour and a half just for my appetizer. You lose at Rupp — and we lost to Louisville — that was bad.

A couple of guys probably didn’t go to class today. They probably did not want to show their face in that psychology class because people are going to ask them, “What happened? How could you?”


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[Chron]Defense Won’t be Neglected
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October 14, 2007 in NBA 07-08 Season

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For four seasons, the identity of the Rockets was clear.

More than a 7-6 center from China, more than a two-time scoring champion, the Rockets’ image was tied to a defense that squeezed the life from opposing offenses and often, the game itself.

The Rockets put all sorts of new entries on the defensive pages of their record book, always remaining among the league leaders in every key defensive statistical category. And for the past two weeks, since the start of training camp, and really since they brought in Rick Adelman and his historically prolific offense, the talk was of scoring, rather than stopping it.

Instituting changes

Yet, Adelman has some definite ideas about how he wants the defense played, including some changes nearly as significant as those on the offensive end. He and Rockets players also have spoken of using the principles that worked so well.More than anything, the Rockets have insisted that defense will not be forsaken for the allure of a fancy new offense.

“This team is really good,” Adelman said of what he has seen defensively. “We have four or five guys that are really good defenders, and they’ve been a good defensive team. They are pretty good at picking things up and staying with it.

“I know if you’re going to have more possessions offensively, it’s harder to keep your concentration on the other end. That’s something we talk about all the time.”

Talking all the time about defense would seem business as usual, but there are some changes in the ways the Rockets defend.

Jeff Van Gundy was a proponent of trapping the ball-handler on pick-and-rolls. Adelman will never trap with his centers, having Yao Ming or Dikembe Mutombo instead sinking back into the lane. He also will more often have guards try to guide the ball-handler toward the baseline.

Van Gundy insisted on contesting every jump shot, and last season wanted closeouts, even if they meant going for pump fakes, believing that shooting percentages decrease off one- and two-dribble jump shots when compared to spotting up. Adelman will more often let a specific game plan determine whom the Rockets must close out.

But the trick will be incorporating personal preferences without losing too much of what worked. In each of the past four seasons as Rockets coach, the Rockets were first or second in opponents’ field-goal percentage, leading the NBA last season.

“I want to do some of the things they did because they were so solid at it,” Adelman said. “I’ve said before, Jeff did a great job with them. When you start with the guys we have like Rafer (Alston) and Shane (Battier) and Chuck (Hayes), there’s good defenders out there. You’re going to be pretty solid defensively.”

That has been such a point of emphasis that it is not surprising the Rockets would have good habits defensively. The key might be keeping those priorities when the new offense makes it more difficult to switch back to the old devotion to defense.

“I worry more about the transition defense than anything else,” Adelman said. “The way they played before, they always had two or three guys back. That allowed them to protect all the time because they were spotting up. In our offense, guys are in different spots all the time. It’s harder to understand who needs to be back. It’s something we have to keep our concentration on.”

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October 12, 2007 in NBA 07-08 Season

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I won’t post the whole thing.. yall go over and read it there… but here’s a bit of it.

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Chuck Hayes, a scrappy power forward, is in his third season with the Rockets. He finished second among the team’s leading rebounders last season and is largely regarded as one of the team’s best low-post defenders. During the Rockets’ 2007-08 season, Hayes will blog about his experiences on and off-the-court.

October 12, 2007
Two Weeks into Camp

It’s going good. It’s getting better as far as chemistry. We’re starting to find our roles with the new offensive system. I’m making a pretty good adjustment to it. As long as I keep getting reps with it, I’ll get it.

Obviously, Luis Scola and I are competing for minutes at power forward. It’s going fine. He’s a great player and it’s up to the coaches who will play. All we can do is our job. We have to go out there and let our play speak for itself. We just have to leave it in the hands of the coaches and trust their judgment.

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Day 4 at Camp
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October 7, 2007 in Audio

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More updates from those at “Camp Adelman”

Thanks again to Clutch for the updates and the mentioning the site to Chuck!

Audio Link from Clutchfans.net

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Here are some more pictures from camp also taken by Clutch.

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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.”

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Jon,

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)

Jonathan, I’m a big Chuck Hayes fan and have been since he joined the team mid-season from the summer league. Can you tell us some more about what the people (scouts, coaches, etc.) you’ve talked to think of him? I remember hearing you say a year back on the radio that one scout told you he considered Chuck to be a premier defensive player. I’d love to hear some more tidbits like that (good or bad). Thanks.

(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)

Jon what was the biggest thing that you noticed on day 2. Any suprises? I know its too early to reach any conclusions but we are dying here for any tidbits you can throw out.

(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)

So, following up on my previous question on McGrady’s defense, who would you say is the second best defender on the Rockets, after Battier? Any thoughts?

(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)

Any word on what’s being done to improve Chuck’s offensive skills. I keep waiting to see him develop a mid-range jumper.

(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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Chuck had a bit of an accident

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today and when the media was allowed in to the gym, he was sitting out with a bruised foot. Hayes could thank his teammate for landing on it. Should be back at practice in the morning.

Thanks again to Clutch *www.clutchfans.net

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for the update and the pictures.

Fran Blinebury’s Chron.com Blog

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Chuck Hayes was the only minor casualty at practice on Thursday, sitting out at the end with a bruise on top of his left foot. Kirk Snyder landed on his foot when both were jumping.

“No problem,” Hayes said. “I’m fine. I’ll be ready for practice in the morning.”

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