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On Flynn; Adelman on Beasley?

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From the Rockets' SB blog: "Of the four draft busts of 2009 on this roster (Thabeet, Hill, Williams, Flynn) which do you think has the greatest chance of turning it around? Tom: Shocker alert to all of the T-Will apologists, but something tells me it's going to be Flynn... ...The Kurt Rambis experiment in Minnesota was a disaster, and perhaps nobody was hurt by the stint more than Flynn. He's not built for the triangle offense. That's been his story since his rookie season. I don't know if Houston is going to be where he makes his mark, but if given the opportunity, I think he's got a chance to be a very good backup, if not a capable starter down the road. He was a winner in college from the get-go and possesses a knack for scoring and playmaking. Perhaps the same can be said for Williams, but the difference is that Flynn's a guy whom you can point to and say, "I know exactly what I want him to do for me in this lineup." He has a defined role. Those types of players last longer in the league. You know what you're getting right away. On top of that, with Flynn, you don't have to re-arrange your approach the minute he takes the floor." And does this apply to Beasley? "Bear with me - this is an admittedly weird analogy. If you take your hands and face them towards each other horizontally, it's easy to slide the fingers of one hand in between the fingers of the other. I view Terrence Williams' talent and makeup as two separate hands, each consisting of really nice, yet uneven fingers that simply bump into each other when attempting to mesh together. Williams can do plenty of everything, but his skillsets don't match up. He can pass, but he's not a point guard. He's got good size for a shooting guard, but he can't shoot. He is explosive and athletic, but at the wrong times. For now, he is role-less: the easiest way for him to produce at this point would be for him to land on a bad team in need of a dominant ballhandler. Houston isn't one of those teams. We'll see if Williams can work his way into the rotation with a new coach, but I have a hunch that Rick Adelman called this one from the beginning. There's no denying the talent; it's the role-filling ability that is the issue. You can't go from zero to hero as a ballhander: if he can't be effective without dominating the ball, he won't have a chance. Beasley's obviously a little different than Terrence Williams as a player, but the question of a misfit between talent and makeup leading to no clearly defined role? That sounds more true than less true. If Adelman is coach, my prediction now is that the best five are going to start, regardless of where they were picked.
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