The Dream Shake - a Houston Rockets blog: Special Announcement: Luther Head sucks!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Special Announcement: Luther Head sucks!

From the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of this blog in November '07, Article I of our blogging constitution was "Rafer Alston sucks!"

I am here today to announce that there has been an amendment to our aforementioned policy. Beginning immediately, Rafer Alston is no longer the (sole) object of our scorn and criticism. Instead, there is a new mission. That mission being to make the Houston Rockets and the rest of the NBA community aware of one sad, yet undisputed fact:

Luther Head sucks.

It hurts to type that. You see, I was quite happy when the Rockets used the 24th pick in 2005 to select the guard from the University of Illinois' runner-up team. He even showed promise early on in his career. He shot 44% from long distance in '07... and we all thought he would only get better. We were all wrong.

Let me see if I can explain this a different way...

Things Luther Head is good at (at least at the NBA level):
1. Making open 3-pointers. But only if he's wide open.
2. entertaining Deke on the bench. [guessing]
3. .... ?

Things Luther Head is not good at (at most any level):
1. Dribbling.
2. Passing.
3. Making a post-entry pass.
4. Making a layup (see Game 5 v. Utah as Exhibit "A").
5. Playing defense against equally-tall opponents.
6. Playing defense against shorter opponents.
7. Not turning the ball over.
8. Decision-making.
9. He's the focus of this blog. Yikes.

Now there could be more on the "bad" list, but I am really struggling to find something on the "good" list I could add. Hell, even Rafer Alston had more than 2 items on the "good" list last year... and I hate(d) him!

I'm not sure I can pinpoint when I gave up on Luther. I think it was official in my mind when I went to the Memphis/Rockets game during the Streak. Luther couldn't make a layup. And I'm not talking during the game... I'm talking during warm-ups!!!! He was missing layups in a layup line! That takes a certain amount of skill I would think. Luther has mastered this.

Of course, the Utah series in the playoffs exposed Luther in the worst way. Adelman couldn't risk even putting him in the game because Luther was destroyed at the defensive end, and he became a liability even on the offensive end. He didn't know when to pass, shoot or dribble. He turned the ball over. He missed open layups. He hesitated to shoot open 3s. It was a shameful exhibition of basketball. I think Daryl Morey knows who to use as trade bait now.

(At least I hope he knows!)

Accordingly, Lee and I had a summit to discuss the issue. The result? Luther Head is the new whipping boy for this blog until the day he is traded, cut, waived, released or in some way no longer on the active roster.

So it has been said. So it shall be.

Disclaimer: The ascension of Mr. Head to "he sucks" status shall under no circumstances be interpreted as or intended to operate as a waiver of any actual or implicit rights to maintain the opinion that Rafer Alston sucks (he still does) or that Rafer Alston has somehow been removed from our s--tlist. He has not.


The Review Chick said...

He's good at cutting, you can add that to the good list.

Poor Luther.

I hope whatever was wrong with him gets better during the offseason.

Though I don't think you will have to worry about him too much longer because I have a feeling he will be trade bait.

Eric said...

I wish they had traded him sooner when he actually had some value. The guy sucks and everybody knows it now.

UofTOrange said...

Number one on his not good at list should have been Entry Pass, it looks all sad down at number 3, knowing it's rightful place is at the top

RedRaiderG said...

Luther has played his last game as a Rocket. He is the big expendable piece when we go shopping for a nice 6-6/6-8 swingman who CAN make layups and score. I also think Chuck Hayes has got to go. Between Mike Harris, Carl Landry and Luis "Bad Ass" Scola, we don't have any room for him. I like his hustle, but he is such a liability on the offensive end. Next year's team should be:
C: Yao Deke
PF: Scola Landry Harris
SF: Battier (Insert New scoring SF)
SG: T-Mac (Not Tracy) (New big 2 guard)
PG: (New PG) B-Jax Brooks

Lose: Hayes, Head, Alston, Wood

J.roland#3 said...

Luther head is the star of the future and da star of dis rockets so wat he miss a couple of layups everyone does he still young he has a lot of time to get betta y isnt u not talkin bout tmac he neva left da first round

Robin said...

The Rockets should keep Alston though. As infuriating as his play is, his confidence sometimes works out well for Houston when no other player wants to make a play.
Luther Head is hopeless though. He'd be better off on a running team.

kimboo7 said...

nana na na, nana na na, Head, Head, Head, Goodbyeeee!!!

And don't come back now, ya hear!

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