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)